Here is a look at the featured matches of Day 3 at the French Open.
Novak Djokovic vs. David Goffin: This is a very interesting first round matchup than most would presume. Goffin is a young talent that has pushed top players in slams before. He made the round of 16 here last year losing to Roger in 4 sets. He also pushed Verdasco to 5 sets in the first round of the Aussie Open this year. But he has a sub par year at best and while this match will be entertaining, Djokovic will dominate all rallies from the baseline. I like Novak in straights.
Nicolas Mahut vs. Janko Tipsarevic: Its been a rough year for Tipsy but I like his chances against the journeyman Frenchman. If Tipsarevic can’t win this one, I don’t know what to say. Mahut does posses some firepower but shouldn’t give Tipsarevic any trouble. I will take Tipsy in straights.
Benoit Paire vs. Marcos Baghdatis: This could be one of the most entertaining first round match ups listed. Paire is playing some of the best ball of his career and I look for him to use the French crowd to his advantage. But Baghdatis is full of tricks as well. Should be a very close match with some long baseline rallies. I will take Paire in 5.
Jack Sock vs. Guillermo Garcia – Lopez: The American qualifier! Big Jack Sock! Shout out to Kyle Riether, Dan Levine, and Jimmy Newton for this pick! I know this is their boy. And I love Jack in this match. His big serve should give Lopez trouble. Especially on Lopez’s backhand side when Sock is hitting his kick serve. I like Sock in 4 close sets.
There are is my preview for tomorrow. Hopefully the weather stays sunny in Paris! Enjoy the grind!