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French Open 2024: Day 9 Predictions ft. Novak Djokovic, Elena Rybakina, and more

Published at :June 2, 2024 at 9:26 PM
Modified at :June 2, 2024 at 9:28 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Novak Djokovic, Casper Ruud, Aryna Sabalenka and more will be in action on Day 9 of the French Open.

The second day of the second week of the French Open 2024 will feature the remaining matches of the fourth round. From ATP World No. #1 Novak Djokovic to WTA World No. #2 Aryna Sabalenka, two tennis stars will be in action at Stade Roland Garros.

The first week of action was filled with happiness and heartbreak in Paris. Thus, tennis enthusiasts would be eager to witness more awe-inspiring action in the last week of the claycourt Major. Hence, without further ado, let’s take a look at the predictions for Day 9 matches at French Open 2024:

French Open 2024: Men’s Singles

Fourth Round: Taylor Fritz vs Casper Ruud

There is an interesting fixture on the cards, as Taylor Fritz will face Casper Ruud in the fourth round of the men’s singles event at the 2024 French Open. Casper Ruud is a two-time Roland Garros runner-up and his favourite surface is clay. Meanwhile, Fritz prefers hardcourt and has a strong serve, as he loves winning the service games.

Both players have played four or five set matches and that would have exhausted them. However, Ruud will be required to have a good understanding of the net play if he wants to get past Taylor Fritz in the fourth round.

Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in four sets.

Fourth Round: Alex de Minaur vs Daniil Medvedev

The French Open has found Alex de Minaur’s superfan, who supported him throughout the match against Jan-Lennard Struff. Thus, he’s expected to support the Aussie from the stands against Daniil Medvedev. Alex de Minaur is behind the first male Australian star to reach the fourth round of the French Open in 17 years.

On the other side, Medvedev’s winning percentage has reached 76% on clay since 2023 in ATP events. Between 2016 and 2022, it was only 44%. Moreover, after being eliminated in the first round, the Russian has successfully reached the fourth round of the French Open, which indicates that he’s in good form.

Prediction: Daniil Medvedev to win in four sets.

Fourth Round: Novak Djokovic vs Francisco Cerundolo

Novak Djokovic didn’t get a favourable start to his clay season. Moreover, he’s not in his best shape currently. However, the Serb can still give Francisco Cerundolo a tough time in Paris. Djokovic recently played a five-set marathon against Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti, that lasted 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, 23rd seed Francisco Cerundolo defeated Tommy Paul in the last round in four sets to secure a spot in the fourth round. However, Cerundolo, whose current win-loss record is 13-15, has a low chance of winning against the ATP World No. #1.

Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in four sets.

Fourth Round: Alexander Zverev vs Holger Rune

Alexander Zverev joined the likes of Robin Söderling and Novak Djokovic to become only the third player to defeat Rafael Nadal at the French Open. However, the German tennis star was stretched to limits by Tallon Griekspoor in his last match. Alexander Zverev is a lethal attacker on his serve, but he struggles to secure points on the net.

On the other side, it seems like Holger Rune has finally picked up his form after a long time. Despite being 0-5 down in the last set against Flavio Cobolli, the Dane returned to win the match 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6. Thus, Rune can ruin Zverev’s chances of winning his maiden Grand Slam title.

Prediction: Holger Rune to win in five sets.

French Open 2024: Women’s Singles

Fourth Round: Elina Svitolina vs Elena Rybakina

A huge match-up is set at the Stade Roland Garros as Elina Svitolina will face Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of the 2024 French Open. Rybakina, one of the most furious attackers on the tour, will be up against Svitolina, who has been relying on her defence more.

Elena Rybakina has superiority in terms of attack; if Elina Svitolina managed to win the match with her defensive tactics, it wouldn’t be an upset. The Kazakh tennis star is yet to drop a set in the tournament, while Svitolina has only won a single match in straight sets.

Prediction: Elena Rybakina to win in three sets.

Fourth Round: Elina Avanesyan vs Jasmine Paolini

Elina Avanesyan defeated WTA World No. #8 Zheng Qinwen in the third round with a score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (6-10). Currently ranked #70, Avanesyan has reached the fourth round of the French Open for the second consecutive time. Last year, she lost eventual runner-up Karolína Muchová.

However, this year, she can potentially get a step further in the French Open. She’ll be facing 12th seed Jasmine Paolini, who has dropped only a single set in the tournament yet. The match is expected to go either way, as Paolini is quick around the court and relentless in her defence, while Avanesyan can make unexpected comebacks.

Prediction: Elina Avanesyan to win in straight sets

Fourth Round: Emma Navarro vs Aryna Sabalenka

Emma Navarro exhibited her fighting intent after she defeated compatriot Madison Keys in the fourth round, with both sets being forced into a tiebreak. However, in the round of 16, she’s up against two-time Australian Open Champion Aryna Sabalenka.

The Belarusian star has played 10 Grand Slam matches in 2024, winning all 10 in straight sets. Navarro has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. However, it would be difficult for her to win against Sabalenka, who has scored 152 serves in 2024, compared to Navarro’s 39.

Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in straight sets.

Fourth Round: Varvara Gracheva vs Mirra Andreeva

17-year-old Russian prodigy Mirra Andreeva has been performing incredibly well on the WTA tour in the clay season. She reached the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open, where she lost against Belarusian tennis star Aryna Sabalenka. Surprisingly, she has already defeated another Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka, in the second round.

In the fourth round, she’ll face France’s Varvara Gracheva, who completed redemption against Maria Sakkari in the first round of the French Open. She has also defeated Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu on her route to the final. Thus, the fixture between the two unseeded stars would be a contest one should not miss.

Prediction: Mirra Andreeva to win in three sets.

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