Here is a preview of all of the men’s fourth round matches tomorrow!
Jo – Wilifried Tsonga vs. Viktor Troicki: I’m sure Tsonga was thrilled to see Troicki beat Cilic in the third round. Troicki is a much easier matchup for Jo Willy as he looks to make his second consecutive French Open quarterfinal. I love Tsonga in this matchup. He does almost everything better than viktor. Bigger serve and a bigger forehand. Troicki may have the edge on the backhand side, but it’s not a big enough weapon to hurt Tsonga. I see Tsonga using the crowd to his advantage and cruising to the quarterfinals in straight sets.
Roger Federer vs. Gilles Simon: Federer will also be thrilled to see Simon instead of Sam Querrey in this fourth round encounter. Federer most recently crushed Simon in Rome but things could be a little different on Simon’s home turf. The crowd has actually pushed him through 3 tough matches including 2 five setters against big Sam and Lleyton Hewitt. Simon’s fitness has never been in question, but I do question his ability to hit big shots under pressure. Unless if Roger has an off day, I see Federer winning. Roger in 4.
Kevin Anderson vs. David Ferrer: This is a very interesting match up between the big man and the small man. Anderson looked incredible in his upset win over Raonic on Friday and if he plays like that again against Ferrer, he has a good shot at pulling off the upset. Ferrer did have an impressive straight sets win over another big server in Lopez in the round before and will need another strong effort to counter the power of the big South African. I think Anderson will play well, but he will have a let down at some point and Ferrer will take advantage of it. I like Ferrer in 5 tough sets.
Tommy Robredo vs. Nicolas Almagro: Almagro is someone that no one has talked about this whole tournament. He had a very impressive win over Seppi in the third round. Following the first set breaker, Nico demolished the Italian in the second and third sets. Almagro is definitely someone to watch out for in the second week and should not be taken lightly by any opponent. He has a solid shot at making the semis here. Robredo on the other hand played that epic against Monfils in the last round, saving four match points in the process. I believe Tommy used up all his energy in that match and will not have enough to grind Almagro down. I like Nico in 4.
Should be a fabulous day of tennis!