The French Open is starting to pick up some momentum as the week progresses. Both Rafael Nadal ($11,200) and Roger Federer ($10,700) are back in action Friday. We take a look at what to expect from the men’s and women’s singles draw.
Rafael Nadal ($11,200) and Roger Federer ($10,700)Together, Nadal and Federer average 70 points per match so far in the French Open. High investment, high return. In business and fantasy terms, that’s perfectly acceptable. Both of them continuously have pushed the boundaries of fitness, symbolized by their performances this year.
Nadal has a tougher opponent to deal with in David Goffin, but it still should be a cruise. Federer is up against Casper Ruud, who might not have the aggression to compete on clay. With some smart picks in this slate, you can pick both Nadal and Federer.
Kei Nishikori ($9,800)Plagued with injuries through the majority of 2018, Nishikori hardly found any attention. But he’s as tough as they come, in terms of consistency and class. Clay suits his style of play as has been evident from the ease with which he has breezed past his two matches so far — against Quentin Halys and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Karolina Pliskova ($8,600)Pliskova has hit a nice run of form and confidence in this tournament so far. She’s finding efficiency in her game, which will be key for a deeper run at the French Open. In her second-round match, Pliskova served eight aces and hit 29 winners, with a first-serve percentage of 77%. That’s impressive, by any standards.
Men’s value targets
Grigor Dimitrov ($5,800)It’s often frustrating to watch Dimitrov. He has all the shots, he’s fit and handles pressure well. Yet, he’s hardly been a constant in the top 10 in men’s tennis. It’s about time he shows the consistency to match his talent. Round 3 won’t be easy against Stanislas Wawrinka, but he certainly has the game to provide value, at least.
Other value options: Pablo Carreno-Busta ($8,500)
Women’s value targets
Carla Suarez-Navarro ($6,400)Suarez-Navarro is best suited for clay because she likes to force errors by keeping the ball in play. Her game is built around a low unforced errors rate. Even against strong opponents, like Shelby Rogers in her previous round, that style keeps her consistent. She has managed just 45 points per match on average, but that isn’t a bad result in this matchup.
Other options: Elina Svitolina ($7,500), Johanna Konta ($8,300)