Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dominic Thiem at the 2017 French Open
Well, it’s been three days — and we’re still not finished with the first round of the 2018 French Open.
Day 2 was a bit of an unfortunate day for us — as Misha Youzhny (+270) lost out in the fifth set against Malek “Maori” Jaziri, and Frances Tiafoe never showed up at all against compatriot Sam Querrey — but, things went our way on Day 3.
Guido Pella (-110) closed out Joao “Pyscho Sousa” Tuesday morning and Maxi Marterer (-125) took All-American journeyman Ryan Harrison to the woodshed. Our fifth play from Round 1, Jeremy Chardy (+170), holds a commanding lead against Tomas Berdych: up two sets to love, but weather/darkness concerns postponed the result of that one until tomorrow.
But, assuming Chardy tidies up Birdman tomorrow, we’ll find ourselves up a cozy +1.37 units heading into the second round. Also, all of our “First-round Parlay Potentials” got across the finish line (sans Herbert, who’s still in action). Hopefully, some of you guys could stack a few units on the parlay side of things, as well. If not, it’s a loooong tournament with plenty of tennis left.
With another full slate kicking off at 5 a.m. ET from Paris — let’s dig into tomorrow’s card.
Day 4 Popcorn
- Gilles Simon (-120) vs. Sam Querrey (+100)
- Domi Thiem (-400) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (+275)
- Gael Monfils (-167) vs. Martin Klizan (+129)
We’ve got some scintillating matchups tomorrow, including a pick ’em between Gillou and Querrey, a rematch between the beautiful one-handed backhands of Thiem and Tsitsipas, and a clash of flashy players: Monfils and Klizan. Tsitsipas straight-setted Domi a few weeks back in Barcelona — so it’s safe to say Thiem, who has appeared in two consecutive French Open semifinals, will be out for revenge.
- Caroline Dolehide (+255) vs. Madison Keys (-310)
- Alize Cornet (-215) vs. Pauline Parmentier (+189)
Not the most exciting card, but I’m sure we will get plenty of drama and hopefully more dogs biting than we saw on Tuesday. Two of the more intriguing matches will have two women facing off from the same country.
Dolehide-Keys will not only feature two Americans, but both players hail from Illinois. Don’t completely count out Dolehide, a very big hitter like Keys. If she can improve her movement on the red dirt, she has a game suited for it. If you want to see some ball bashing, tune into this one.
They actually previously met in Stanford, where Keys pulled out the win in three sets. Madison’s game can be very erratic, especially on her worst surface, in clay. In fact, the French Open remains the only Slam she has failed to reach the quarterfinals at. Dolehide might be worth a few pennies if you’re looking for a longshot.
A match with the emotional Cornet (who seems to always go three sets) will usually make the popcorn list. She will face her fellow compatriot Pauline Parmentier, who has a 7-1 record on clay in 2018, which includes a title in Istanbul. This one should be a roller coaster. And like most Cornet matches, the over certainly warrants a look. Cornet owns a 2-1 head-to-head record, winning both of their clay matches. However, they haven’t clashed since 2013.