French Open 2012: TK's Picks for Day 5

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIMay 30, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30:  Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia plays a backhand during the women's doubles first round match between Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania and her partner Shahar Peer of Israel and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia and her partner Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia during day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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I finally had a great day with my picks, going 8-1 on Wednesday. That takes my tournament total to 21-8. Hopefully I can keep it up as we have another great day of action ahead on Thursday. Here's my look at Thursday's matches:


Jarkko Nieminen vs. No. 4 Andy Murray

This could be a tough one for Murray. Nieminen is a crafty veteran who could knock off just about anybody on a given day. I'm not convinced Murray is playing that well, but I still like him in this matchup.

Winner: Murray in three sets


Jarmila Gajdosova vs. No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki

If Gajdosova—or as I like to call her, "Goddessova"—is on top of her game, she could give Wozniacki a run for her money. Unfortunately, I don't think clay is the best surface for the Australian, and I think Wozniacki is starting to play some good tennis.

Winner: Wozniacki in two sets


Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. No. 10 John Isner

This should be a great match. The French crowd will be in full support of Mathieu, and I think he definitely has a shot against Isner. However, I think Isner's serve will get him out of a few jams and help him to win the match.

Winner: Isner in four sets


Grigor Dimitrov vs. Richard Gasquet 

Is the young Dimitrov ready to knock off the Frenchman? I think it will be a very close match, but Gasquet has been playing some of his best tennis in a while.

Winner: Gasquet in four sets


No. 14 Francesca Schiavone vs. Tsvetana Pironkova

Schiavone always seems to find her game in Paris, and I expect her to do the same this year. Pironkova is dangerous, but she's much better on grass.

Winner: Schiavone in three sets

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29:  Maria Kirilenko of Russia plays a forehand in her women's singles first round match between Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Victoria Larriere of France during day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2012 in Paris, F
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No. 16 Maria Kirilenko vs. Klara Zakopalova 

Kirilenko hasn't had the greatest season, but she seems to be playing a little better right now. Her solid baseline game should serve her well on the clay, but Zakopalova is very dangerous.

Winner: Kirilenko in three sets


Marcos Baghdatis vs. No. 12 Nicolas Almagro 

This should be a very entertaining and exciting match. Both players play with a lot of emotion and like to get the crowd going. It would be a great match for fans to watch, and it should also be very competitive.

Winner: Almagro in five sets


Heather Watson vs. No. 25 Julia Goerges

Gorgeous Goerges looked sharp in her opening-round win but will be tested again against Watson. The young Bristish player has had some close calls against good players but typically falls a little short.

Winner: Goerges in two sets


Robin Hasse vs. No. 27 Mikhail Youzhny 

Hasse is very capable of pulling off the upset, but his game is better suited for grass or hard courts. Youzhny isn't as strong of a player as he once was, but his experience should pull him through.

Winner: Youzhny in four sets


Christina McHale vs. Lauren Davis

A battle of young Americans. Davis has been a real surprise in the tournament, but McHale has had a solid clay-court season.

Winner: McHale in two sets