The third round in both the men’s and women’s draws of the French Open are now comfortably in full flow and Andy Murray continues on his quest to make a first final at Roland Garros, having done so on multiple occasions at the other three Grand Slams.
He features among our three best bets for day seven of the French Open.
Murray triumphed in straight sets when this pair met at the Australian Open at the start of this year and Kyrgios had the added advantage of playing on home soil and a preferred surface then.
What Kyrgios relies upon is winning points quickly on his serve, but Murray’s strong defensive resilience to drag rallies on longer will work in the Brit’s favour.
Murray is unbeaten on clay this season and although Kyrgios has adapted to the surface better than many would have anticipated, an opponent who is so defensively sound is a bad match for him.
Goffin starts the match as a fairly comfortable favourite and this is understandable given that he sits 27 positions higher in the ATP rankings.
However, the Belgian’s struggles on first serve in seeing off both Filip Krajinovic and Santiago Giraldo are cause for concern.
Expect Chardy in his home Grand Slam to make better use of any opportunities on second serve and to keep down his unforced error count.
All of Goffin’s last nine matches on clay have failed to be settled in straight sets and this is another that could go the distance. Five sets in the showdown is a tempting bet also at 5/2.
2015 has already been a breakthrough year for Keys after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian, having never previously gone beyond the third round in a Grand Slam.
She certainly faces a clash of the power hitters here in the third round against Bacsinszky and much could hinge on which of the pair make the fewest unforced errors.
Keys may just shade this unwanted statistic, but she also has the capacity to hit more winners. She is bidding to send packing a Swiss opponent for the second consecutive round after eliminating the slower-serving Belinda Bencic in round two.
The American is also more adept at the net and certainly has the more dominant forehand.
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