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2010 French Open - Day 9 Predictions
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The day 9 at the Championships brings some really interesting match ups featuring names like Rafael Nadal, Justine Hein and Serena Williams. Read on to find out who is capable of pulling upsets and who's going to have a smooth ride into the quaretrfinals of the 2010 French Open.
Novak Djokovic vs. Robby Ginepri -
After a wonderful 2009 European claycourt season, Serbian Novak Djokovic struggled this year to find his place in the last four of all the events. Ginepri, on the other hand, has beaten claycourt specialist Juan Carlos Ferrero in the previous round. This match up is definitely not the kind Djokovic would have expected for a fourth round, but he should come out a winner in four sets.
Serena Williams vs. Shahar Peer -
After the 'true to form' early exit of elder sister Venus, Serena Williams is the only American left in the women's singles draw. Williams came through a really tough match (perhaps due to illness) in the previous round against rising Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Today, she faces Israeli Shahar Peer, who reached the semifinals in Madrid and is definitely one of the most in-form players on tour right now. Assuming that the World No.1 is fit now, this contest won't last longer than two comfortably won sets in Serena's favour.
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Justine Henin vs. Samantha Stosur -
The Australian Samantha Stosur had a dream run last year when she made the semifinals. This year too brought considerable success for Stosur who won the event in Charleston and finished Runner up in Stuttgart to her opponent today - Justine Henin. After her swashbuckling performance against Maria Sharapova, the Belgian has ended any doubts about the critics and fans' minds about her capabilities to lift another trophy here at Roland Garros. Today will bring no surprises as Henin will emerge victorious in straight sets.
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Fernando Verdasco vs. Nicolas Almagro -
Apart from the most prominent and successful arrow in his armour, the forehand, Fernando Verdasco has successfully managed to impress critics with his mental toughness and fighting spirit. His final appearance in Monte Carlo and title triumph in Barcelona along with back-to-back wins over Djokovic have been a testimonial to the Spaniard's improved play. His opponent though is the man who gave Rafael Nadal a real scare in Madrid semifinals. Nicolas Almagro is equally intimidating on the clay court and today's match up is sure to produce nail-biting tennis with the result going either way after a five set tussle. Tennisearth's Pick - Verdasco in five sets.
Rafael Nadal vs. Thomaz Bellucci -
Thomaz Bellucci has been really impressive over the past one year. After claiming his maiden ATP World Tour title last year, Bellucci reached the final in Costa Do Sauipe, but finished runner up to Juan Carlos Ferrero. Bellucci has the ferocity, the determination to win, but what he lacks is the experience. Against someone like 'Rafa' who doesn't stop until the best in the business use every arrow in their armour, this contest is more likely to go lopsided. Nadal in three comfortable sets is what TennisEarth.com predicts.
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