Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports. Pictred: Novak Djokovic
Saturday’s “Popcorn Match of the Day” turned out to be a cracker after all, as Fabio Fognini and Kyle Edmund went the distance on Suzanne Lenglen court.
The first three sets were pretty poor quality — with “Good Fogna” cruising through the first set, only to drop the next two in classic “Bad Fogna” fashion. But the quality of tennis picked up in sets four and five — and our hitter, Fognini, prevailed late in the fifth set with his usual dramatic flair.
But let’s shift gears to Sunday, where we will have four fourth-round matchups to mull over — each of which has Orville Redenbacher potential. In Grand Slam tennis, the fourth round usually presents a turning point in the tournament, as the competition stiffens with the quarterfinals in sight. As a result, the level of tennis usually takes a great leap forward.
And Sunday should be no exception. Let’s take a look at each of the four slated matchups on the ATP side of things before closing with quick WTA thoughts and bets.
From an odds perspective, the Thiem-Nishikori clash might look like the only “close” match on the card, but I don’t expect straight sets in any of the Sunday matches. It could be a nice day for overs across the ATP board.