Quarter-finals spots are up for grabs on Monday at the French Open, which means a smaller list of players to choose from. We take a look at which players you should consider for your roster from Monday’s slate.
Novak Djokovic ($10,800)Since Djokovic lost that final set to Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters, he has tightened up, not dropping a set in three matches. Up against Jan Lennard-Struff in the next match, don’t expect Djokovic to let up. Djokovic lost just eight games against Caruso in his previous encounter, which means his serve is holding up well.
Juan Martin Del Potro ($8,600)The wrist is fine. And that’s usually a big factor for Del Potro in the second week of grand slams. He put away Jordan Thompson in straight sets in the third round, including a 6-0 thrashing in the third set. His clay-court form and confidence is back and he’s set for a deep run into this year’s French Open.
Simona Halep ($10,200)The defending champion has hardly been made to work this year. That’s not to say her opponents have been sub-par. Halep has just been too good, putting away the majority of her side of the draw with ease. Against Lesia Tsurenko in her previous match, she dropped just three games.
Amanda Anisimova ($9,400)Anisimova is the new contender on the team of youth against experience. She’s fearless, with a sensational forehand. Often with young players, their composure under pressure determines their journey to the top flight. In Anisimova’s case, it seems like she has the temperament, as was evident from her tight win against Irina Camelia-Begu in her last match.
Men’s Value Targets
Gael Monfils ($5,900)Monfils is not going to be easy to beat this year because he has added some balance to his game. Big points or not, it’s not just boom or bust anymore. There has been a lot of diligence in the months leading up to the French Open, and that’s showing. He too dropped just eight games in his previous match. Against Dominic Thiem, it might be harder, but expect an even matchup.
Other Option: Alexander Zverev ($7,300)
Women’s Value Target
Katerina Siniakova ($6,800)Siniakova lost just six games in putting away the world No. 1 of women’s tennis, Naomi Osaka, in the third round. Not many players have been that efficient against Osaka’s power. Madison Keys has a very similar game: a combination of a heavy forehand and a strong serve that is often prone to unforced errors. Siniakova has dealt with that already. This match could be similar.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.