French Open Day 6: Matches to Watch

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Marion Bartoli vs Mariana Duque-Marino Court Philippe Chatrier

Bartoli fought off match points in an enthralling three hour encounter in round one to knock off Olga Govortsova despite being far from her best. Bartoli’s relationship with the French crowd has always been strange, never getting the support that most other home players get which often seems unfair given the battling qualities she shows, those of which were key to her opening round victory. Duque-Marino sailed through qualifying before dropping just two games against Kristyna Pliskova in her opener so appears to be in good form currently. Expect a dramatic encounter here, even if quality may be questionable.

Marion Bartoli in 3

Julien Benneteau vs Roger Federer Court Philipp Chatrier

These players had wildly differing second rounds to make it to this stage of the tournament. Federer dropped just four games in his win over Somdev Devvarman while Benneteau survived a run of 10 games in a row lost against Tobias Kamke to finally win in five sets after leading 2-0. After facing qualifies in round one and two, Benneteau poses a much bigger threat and has troubled Federer on numerous occasions, winning two of their six meetings. The most recent was the surprising straight sets win in Rotterdam but Federer has won their only match on clay.

Roger Federer in 3

Gael Monfils vs Tommy Robredo Court Suzanne Lenglen 

Monfils’ matches have been the highlights of the day for the first two rounds, with the Frenchman defeating two incredibly tricky opponents in Tomas Berdych and Ernests Gulbis to make it this far and putting on a great show in the process. He has looked more like the player that was once in the top 10 and should fancy his chances against Robredo if he keeps playing as he has done so far. Robredo was down two sets against Igor Sijsling in round two before eventually coming through in five, winning the last two sets 6-1. The Spaniard leads the head to head 2-1 but they have not played since 2013.

Gael Monfils in 3

Monica Puig vs Carla Suarez Navarro Court 3

Puig has been one of the surprises of the tournament to date, looking impressive in victories over Madison Keys and more notably, 11th seed Nadia Petrova. The Puerto Rican first burst onto the scene in Brisbane, pushing Angelique Kerber to a third set tie break which she easily could have won. Carla Suarez Navarro will be her biggest test so far, with the Spaniard what you’d consider a specialist clay courter. She needed three sets to beat Simona Halep and Shelby Rogers and it could definitely be the same here, although she won their meeting in Oeiras earlier in the year 6-2 6-4.

Carla Suarez Navarro in 3

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