Sunday was a great betting day at the 2012 French Open and it could possibly still get better with matches to be completed.
Andreas Seppi pushed his match with Novak Djokovic far in excess of the total minutes mark to win our opener and it will be the same result in the match between Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, which is still in play.
If the Swiss can somehow claw his way back into that final set from 2-4 down we could be on for a winner on the correct score 3-2 bet as well, but that looks unlikely at the moment unless Tsonga contributes to his own downfall.
Day nine in Paris sees Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer all make their bids to reach the last eight and surely the two Spaniards are almost certainties to prevail.
Both Ferrer and Nadal face opponents who had tough five setters in the previous round and it’s Ferrer who begins proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier at 10am.
This match could prove to be a nightmare for Marcel Granollers, who’s had to play two five set matches and a four setter with an injury and now he has to face the road runner in David Ferrer.
Granollers, whose over the top grunting is arguably as annoying as either Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka, should have plenty to make him strain and groan this morning as his super fit opponent chases down everything.
Ferrer’s added a little more weight to his groundstrokes recently and that has paid dividends in helping him to finish off opponents faster than he used to, which in turn has given him a better chance of going the distance in this tournament.
His win over Mikhail Youzhny was a case in point and I can’t see a tired Granollers offering any more in the way of resistance than the Russian.
They’ve met on three previous occasions and Ferrer has won all of them without dropping a set and if the world number six gets off to another fast start it’s likely that Granollers will fade away quite quickly.
The handicap mark is 9.5 games in favour of Granollers and Ferrer has every chance of covering that at a price of 1.9
The first match on Court Suzanne Lenglen features two players who surprisingly have never played each other on the tour, Janko Tipsarevic and Nico Almagro. Almagro must be seeing this as a great opportunity to make it through to the quarter finals of the French Open for the third time against a player who isn’t at his best on clay.
The Spaniard is on a great run at the moment having blitzed his way through the draw in Nice without dropping a set and he is yet to lose a set here, so he’s on a winning streak of 22 sets in a row stretching back to Rome.
Tipsarevic is on a pretty good run of his own, but he can be attacked on clay by someone with a powerful game like Almagro.
Sam Querrey came very close to taking a two set lead over Tipsy in the first round here and with a little more composure he would have done and the Serbian hasn’t faced anyone with that kind of weaponry at their disposal since.
I think Almagro will win this one fairly comfortably and so it’s worth backing him minus 1.5 sets on the handicap, which will cover the 3-0 and 3-1 scoreline, which should be the end result here.
Best Bets: Back Ferrer -9.5 games v Granollers at 1.9; Back Almagro -1.5 sets v Tipsarevic at 1.82