French Open 2012: TK's Picks for Day 5
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
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
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