We take a look at the targets and most valuable players for Day 7 of the French Open, which includes the world No. 1 in both men’s and women’s tennis.
Novak Djokovic ($11,100)As the tournament progresses, the quality of Djokovic will come to the fore, as is evident from his price on this slate. Although clay is not his favorite surface, he is far too good for this side of the draw. He hardly has looked close to dropping a set, cruising past both his first two opponents, losing just 16 games in two matches.
Gael Monfils ($10,300)It seems like Monfils has brought to his game the two factors his fans would have been clamoring for; discipline and structure. Down 3-0 in the second set against Adrian Mannarino, he showed his discipline is not just talk, coming back to take the win in straight sets. Monfils will be hard to beat this year.
Serena Williams ($9,600)Williams is an underrated force on clay. Yes, it’s not her preferred surface, but she’s far too classy to be overpowered on the basis of just playing conditions. Williams is up against compatriot Sofia Kenin, who might find the experience and power of Williams just too hot to handle.
Naomi Osaka ($8,900)If Williams is on one end of the spectrum, Osaka is on the other end. Youth vs. experience. Power vs. power. Osaka was made to work by Victoria Azarenka, but she closed the match out efficiently. That was the one part of her game she needed to work on, as was evident from this year’s Australian Open final. But now, with the confidence of that win, she might be hard to stop.
Men’s value targets
Roberto Bautista-Agut ($7,400)Fabio Fognini and Bautista-Agut are both specialists on clay. Both players have plied their trade on these surfaces for years. Bautista-Agut, however, is slightly more level-headed under pressure. He handles the big points well, putting the ball back one extra time, which is sufficient against players ranked outside the top 10. This will be a matchup to watch, but Bautista-Agut should be able to provide value, at least.
Other value options: Juan Martin Del Potro ($9,000), Pablo Cuevas ($4,500)