Australia’s best chance at Grand Slam glory is out due to injury but that will not stop us.
The team has glossed over this weekend’s French Open to serve up the best bets.
Fabio Fognini vs. Federico delbonis
4th june 8:00pm
Fabio Fognini charges into his third round match against Federico Delbonis with an unblemished set to his name.
The enigmatic Italian has won his opening two matches in straight sets with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 thumping of Gregoire Barrere and a 7-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Marton Fuscovics.
Delbonis, meanwhile, has had to battle hard to make his way to the third round.
The 30-year-old Argentinian progressed through to round two with four-set win over Radu Albot and then set up this clash with Fognini following a five-set thriller against Pablo Andujar.
Fognini and Delbonis have played each other seven times on tour with the the 34-year-old Italian leading the count 5-2.
The last time they played each other was on the clay court of Roland Garros with Fognini notching up four-set 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win.
Fabio Fognini to win 3-1 at $3.8
Fabio Fognini to win 3-2 at $5
Alexander Zverev vs. Laslo Djere
4th June 9:00pm
World number six Alexander Zverev takes on the unseed Laslo Djere in what looks to be a tricky match for the German star.
Zverez, despite winning his round two match in straight sets, has looked a bit shaky on the clay courts of the French Open.
He needed all five sets to get through his German compatriot and 152nd ATP ranked Oscar Otte.
Djere will prove tough opposition even though he has lost his only battle againat Zverev, a straight sets loss in Mexico.
The silver lining for Djere is that his hard hitting, solid baseline style should be able to trouble the German on clay.
The Serbian loves playing on this surface and represents great value at the head to head market.
Suggested Bet: Laslo Djere head to head at $5.19
Victoria Azarenka vs. Madison Keys
4th June 8:00pm
Two mainstays of the WTA tour do battle in round three when Victoria Azarenka takes on Madison Keys.
The pair have had less than ideal lead ups coming into this tournament but have put past ailments behind them to find an extra gear and progress in their opening two matches.
The query here on Azarenka is whether or not she will hold up physically given the high numbers of withdrawals she has had this season.
Keys looked a shadow over herself with the 26-year-old American battling for form in what had been an awful season prior to Roland Garros.
Thankfully, for Keys’ sake, she has managed to find the extra gear for the French Open.
Historically, it’s the weakest Slam for both, but they still each managed to reach a semi-final here.
This could be a blockbuster affair but Azarenka is much less likely to produce the cavalcade of unforced errors that Keys seems to be prone to this season.
Suggested Bet: Victoria Azarenka 2-1 at $3.60
Serena WIlliams vs. Danielle Collins
5th June 12:05pm
The 23-time grand slam champion that is Serena Williams will take on her fellow American compatriot in the form Danielle Collins.
This will be the second time that Williams and Collins face off in their careers with Williams having won the only encounter between the two.
The pair fought against each other at the 2021 Australian Open quarter finals with Williams prevailing in an epic match 6-2 4-6 10-6.
This is the first time the pair meet each other on a clay court and it is Collins who has looked most adept at handling the surface this year.
Her only two matches on clay this season have been at Roland Garros and after getting through the first round against a Xiyu Wang she then powered Anhelina Kalinina with a 6-0, 6-2 victory.
Williams clearly has the runs on the board and her experience on the court as well as her enormous serve is what will be hold her good stead.
Expect this to go to three.
Suggested Bet: Total games over 21.5 at $1.87