Stefanos Tsitsipas will look to return to the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday, seeking a victory over Aljaz Bedene to earn his spot there for the second year running. The Greek will face either Roberto Carballes Baena or Grigor Dimitrov there should he advance. Bedene did win their only meeting although that came on the indoor courts of Rotterdam rather than clay.
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It was his clay performances that boosted Bedene up the rankings in the early years of his career and he has picked up some impressive results on the surface along the years. A disappointing loss to Jozef Kovalik in Rome didn’t hinder Bedene’s chances in Paris with the Slovenian picking up four set wins against Arthur Rinderknech and Nikola Milojevic. He hit 16 aces in a strong serving performance against the latter in round two.
After following his Hamburg final collapse with a wild comeback in round one, plenty would have been predicting trouble for Tsitsipas against Pablo Cuevas. However, that was anything but the case for the Greek who hit 26 winners in a dominant 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory. It was a much tidier performance against the Uruguayan, who looked very much a player on the way down.
Tsitsipas may have lost the previous meeting but should be considered the much stronger clay court player by far here. The collapses against Rublev and Borna Coric will be at the back of his mind but his general level a player has been fairly high aside in the past month – aside from those two late-match moments. If he can keep it clean and error free, it should be straight forward.
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets