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2010 French Open - Day 10 Predictions
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The quarterfinal stage is set at the 2010 French Open with a few surprise entries in names like Mikhail Youzhny, Jurgen Melzer and Yaroslava Shvedova, who are enjoying the best run at a major tournament. What's in store for us fans today, let's find out with TennisEarth.com's predictions -
Roger Federer vs. Robin Soderling -
The most anticipated clash in the top half of the men's draw gives the fans an opportunity to re-visit the drama of the 2009 French Open final between Roger Federer and Robin Soderling. The Swede dethroned Rafael Nadal to continue his magical run last year and lost to Federer in three gruelling sets. Ever since, Soderling has been in impressive form with wins over Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and the likes. Federer, the defending champion, on the other hand, returns to the historic clay with a dream to keep the winner's trophy in his personal collection. Both Soderling and Federer have struggled during the European claycourt season. Where Federer lost to Nadal in Madrid final, Soderling tasted defeat at the hands of another Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Barcelona title match. Soderling has beaten Federer once this year (In Abu Dhabi invitational) and has the game to produce unexpected results, especially on clay. Federer, on the other hand, has come through a tough spring claycourt season. Losses to names like Ernests Gulbis and Albert Montanes have done a lot of damage to Swiss' status as the world's best player. Technique wise, Federer is above everyone else, but Soderling, with his ferocity and blistering groundstrokes, is really looking forward to avenge his loss from last year's final. After taking everything into consideration, TennisEarth.com predicts a four set tussle with Federer emerging victorious.
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TennisEarth.com's Pick - Federer in 4 sets.
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Francesca Schiavone -
The exuberance and the determination of Caroline Wozniacki reminds of former WTA star Martina Hingis. Whether she is capable of reaching the heights of success like the Swiss Miss is a question still to be answered. Wozniacki's all court game has fetched her a lot of success in the recent years. Last season she became the only player to claim titles on three surfaces. But in the absence of Grand slam success, she still can't be taken for a real time contender at the championship this year. Her opponent though has recently given impressive results. Italian Francesca Schiavone won the Kremlin Cup last year and reached the fourth round at the 2010 Australian Open. She collected another winner's trophy in Barcelona and looked in awe-inspiring form against Chinese Na Li and Maria Kirilenko here in Paris. The clash with the Dane today is bound to go into the third set. Although, what remains to be seen is whether Schiavone will raise the level of her game high enough to topple the third seeded Wozniacki. All said and done, TennisEarth.com predicts Wozniacki as the winner in today's match.
TennisEarth.com's Pick - Wozniacki in two sets
Tomas Berdych vs. Mikhail Youzhny -
Czech Tomas Berdych shot to stardom in 2005 when he claimed the biggest title of his career here in Paris at the ATP masters 1000 event. He remained consistent in terms of title wins and claimed a title each in 2007, 2008 and 2009. This year though brought the best out of Berdych's racquet when he claimed a nail-biting win over Roger Federer in Miami and finished runner up to Andy Roddick. Similar is the story of the man with the fragile temperament, Mikhail Youzhny, who has been consistent in Tier-II level tournaments and has managed title triumphs in six of the past nine years. Both Berdych and Youzhny will bring their best game forward in today's match as a semifinal finish ( or better, who knows..?) at a Grand Slam will instantly shoot their ranking up. The way Berdych dominated Murray in the pre-quarterfinal match on Sunday was extremely impressive. Youzhny's experience too, may prove a defining factor in today's clash. But Tennisearth.com finds it safer to pick the Czech star as Youzhny's fragile temperament and erratic play might come in the Russian's way of success.
TennisEarth.com's Pick - Berdych in 5 sets.
Elena Dementieva vs. Nadia Petrova -
This battle of Russians promises to bring one of the best matches of the tournament so far. Both Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova have given inconsistent results during the first half of the 2010 season and they enter today's match with impressive wins over some of the biggest names in WTA tennis. Actually, the previous statement suits Nadia Petrova more than it does to Dementieva. Petrova beat Serena Williams in Madrid and came through an emphatic win over Venus Williams in the fourth round which does make her a favourite in today's match. Dementieva, on the other hand, has clearly been benefitted by the favourable draw. With no A-list opponents in the last four matches and a string of losses during the French Open tune up events, Dementieva is less likely to claim victory in today's match. Although, she can never be written off when it comes to contendership. The Russian's ability to bring her best game at majors has made her one of the most consistent players on tour over the last 10 years.
TennisEarth.com's Pick - Petrova in 3 sets
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