French Open Day 4 preview and best bets: Raducanu back on the rise

Emma Raducanu U.S. Open
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Ricky Dimon

Tennis · 1 month ago

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

Round one at the French Open has come and gone with plenty of dramatic five-setters on the men’s side and a whole host of upsets in the women’s draw. What will round two do for an encore? It begins on Wednesday, and I am once again providing three best bets.

Let’s take a look.

Emma Raducanu ML over Aliaksandra Sasnovich (-115)

Raducanu understandably endured a bit of a slump following her incredible run to the 2021 U.S. Open title. Now, however, the 19-year-old Brit is back in business with multiple match wins in both Stuttgart and Madrid earlier on this clay-court swing. In Stuttgart she lost to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-4 – one of the most competitive matches Swiatek has played during her current 29-match winning streak. Sasnovich is no pushover, but the 28-year-old is more consistent on hard courts and grass. On clay she is just 39-40 dating back to 2016. In what as priced as an even matchup, Raducanu has great value.

Botic van de Zandschulp ML over Fabio Fognini (-160)

Fognini is one of the more mercurial players on tour, but fading him is generally a good idea. And that is exactly what should be done in this particular matchup. Van de Zandschulp has been one of the breakout stars in tennis dating back to the 2021 U.S. Open and is showing no signs of slowing down. Speaking of slowing down, Fognini is outside the top 50 in the world rankings at 34 years old. He is a disappointing 19-19 on clay over the past three seasons, while Van de Zandschulp is 34-15 on the red stuff over the past two. The Dutchman should be even more of a favorite than the current price suggests.

Diego Schwartzman -1.5 sets over Jaume Munar (-180)

Schwartzman-Munar should be nothing more than routine. The Argentine is sweeping the head-to-head series 4-0 overall and 9-1 in total sets. Five of the nine sets won by Schwartzman have been 6-2 or worse. Munar, who is ranked 71 spots lower than his opponent, is just 3-4 lifetime in the main draw at Roland Garros. Nothing suggests that the Spaniard is going to be especially competitive on Tuesday.

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