2012 French Open: TK's Picks Day 7
There were some surprises on Friday at the French Open. Will there be more on Saturday? I went 5-3 on Friday, taking my totals to 35-13.
Here's my look at some of Saturday's top matches.
No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic vs. No. 29 Julien Benneteau: This should be a good battle. The French crowd will be behind Benneteau, but I still like the Serb to get through.
Winner: Tipsarevic in five sets
No. 2 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 28 Peng Shuai: Sharapova has to play two straight days, but considering she lost only two games on Friday that shouldn't be a factor.
Winner: Sharapova in two sets
No. 6 David Ferrer vs. No. 27 Mikhail Youzhny: Ferrer will be tested in this match, but I think he will be too consistent for the Russian.
Winner: Ferrer in three sets
No. 7 Li Na vs. Christina McHale: The young American could pull off the upset, but Na has been playing well lately. This could go three sets, but I think Na will have the goods at the end of each set.
Winner: Na in two sets
No. 17 Richard Gasquet vs. Tommy Haas: It's good to see Haas playing well again, but I think Gasquet has looked really impressive. The French crowd will help Gasquet through.
Winner: Gasquet in five sets
No. 25 Julia Goerges vs. Arantxa Rus: Georges has played well, but this seems to be Rus' favorite surface. Rus was helped by the loss of Serena Williams—go with the favorite.
Winner: Goerges in two sets
No. 22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Klara Zakopalova: Zakopalova has been playing well. Pavlyuchenkova has had a horrible year so far. Could she finally be turning it around?
Winner: Zakopalova in two sets
No. 13 Juan Monaco vs. No. 19 Milos Raonic: This should be a great match. Raonic's serve always gives him a chance. Monaco is obviously the better clay-court player.
Winner: Monaco in five sets
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