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Episode 69 · 1 year ago

2020 French Open Preview - Episode 68

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Brownie and Hamish are joined by a returning Campbell to analyse the upcoming 2020 French Open. The lads go through the exciting matchups in the draw and discuss who are the threats to the titles this year.

Crowd. Cheese settle. Welcome back to the on the ball podcast. This is episode sixty out of the show. Today I'm joined by well, one half of the usual tenness experts, and we've recruited another. Welcome back, Campbell. It's been a long time. How are you, Mat? I'm good. How are you? Yeah, pretty well. Thanks. It's you were like I think you had the most appearances at about episode twenty and then you went missing. Yeah, well, you did really you will probably in the next room to me most of the time, but yeah, sparing appearances in your back for your Youtube debut and welcome to welcome to the Youtube Bowl. And then join by Brownie, usual tense expert. How are you mat? Yeah, good. Thanks. Are you going? Yeah, pretty good. So today, I'm sure if you're a tennis fan you could probably work out what we're going to gonna talk about today. So we will be doing similar to what we did for the US Open the other week. We're going to be doing a French Open preview. So we're going to go through the drawer, look at some good matchups, make a few predictions along the way as to who we think could do well and yeah, I will just see how it goes. So let's just crack straight into it. I reckon first round matchups. Campbell, you can start us off, mate, since you're not new but your new old. What first round matches excite you? So the first for the women I have for the first round matchups. My first one I put his contra versus golf. I put Contacus CONTO. She did really well last year. She got to take the semis I think, and she lost to Vonder Roussover countummated to the round sixteen at Rome and Coker has actually been playing well on clay, I think, and she did a three set up against Mugarus on and Morgaroo's is obviously a beast a clay. so that's kind of impressive for someone at her age as well. So I think it will be a juicy matchup for both there. I think. I think contest got a like a hard draw for us off because she's got lots of like seated and good players, but I think she could get them. But I think will be a juicy matchup. Yeah, that was one of my first one down. That's section of the drawer is actually so good. Obviously, when we're recording this, the qualifiers haven't been confirmed. So that's just a bit of forward for the rest of the episode. But at the moment in that little section it's contact golf. Georgie Shelby Rodgers fresh offer quarterfinal appearance at the US Tommy out of itch and sackery. So it's going to be pretty interesting to see who comes out of that one. So automatically like pretty much all those matches, all the second round, all the third rounds in that section right up there for me. But yeah, controvers is golf will be interesting. Content is very prone to a first round Grand Slam. Yeah, exit but, as you said, CAM, she doesn't mind Roland Garross. But we'll see our golf goes bouncing back from her first round loss of the US. Brownie. What are the first round matches? The first one arm. I'll stick with the women. The first one that that really stuck out to me was vondrous ova against Shrea Tech So. Vondrous ova made the final the French at the last year and did well in Rome last week as well. I think she made like I think she made this any finals. So clearly, even though it was a bit of a myth for the rest of two thousand and nineteen after that Grand Slam final, stepped it up, to step it up last week or so and of course we are text on. Is like young gun coming up unseated again, as she was in at the US Open and although not really a clay quarter, but I isn't good form and playing good tennis. So that's an interesting for US round matchup and I'm excited to see what happens there. Yeah, both the matches we've talked about there and hollops. What would that be? QUARTER OF THE DRAWER? I think I'll say any Campbell before we came on. I think she's actually pretty dogged with her drawer. There's not like any big big names there but, like I think there's a lot of decent clay quarters or just decent all around tennis players who could challenge her on on if they perform well on that day. But yeah, that's going to be a good one. And next...

...up. So I did my votes for I've kind of I think I mentioned in the US. So I finally did my votes for the tennis tournaments and vondrous over picked up the third most amount of votes so in the room. So I was pretty impressed with her performance there. Someone else who I was impressed with. I don't know. I tried to do that sway, because the next one I'm going to talk about didn't even impression me there in the women's drawer. I yet this is prob I don't don't have too many in the first round for the women's but on Shubert versus Serena, Zerina, Ds Jabbert Pride. I'd never seen a play on clay, but I'm assuming she's not the greatest clay quarter like quite a power player. But yeah, that's just a pretty good matchup. I'd say Diaz probably wasn't too far off being seated. So just any match where it's like a high seed versus someone who just missed down the seating, it's always bound to be close. So I'm excited for that one. Kind of froth. I feel like Kazakhstan's almost the new Romania in women's tennis. You've got a few days of players coming through. So yeah, I'll be interesting to see who comes out on top in that one. Back to you. Can I have the next one I had was controvert verse Garcia. They played each other at Rome, I'm pretty sure, and it was six, three, seven, six and content conturvate beat Garcia. But Garcia, I just I don't know. I think I see I can come back, because she did be plus Gavart at the US Open, like in the first round, I'm pretty sure. So we've definitely seen the talent from Garcia this year and I think will be a close match like the one they had at Rome. Yeah, that's actually that's actually a good one. Not so that slip through the cracks. I had that for my last one. As well as a interesting matchup, I think that Garcia also it's the fact that it's in France at the French Ok, yeah, may impact there and she is more of a she's one to thrive, I feel like, in the bigger tournaments and then she kind of love struggle in the smaller ones. And but yeah, that we interesting want to see because they're both like relatively inform yeah, that the top half of mostly the matches we've talked about in the women's draw. They're on the top half. The top half is a lot more even. Like the talents spread out, like even the unseat a players are pretty good. The bottom half probably has bigger names in terms of the seeds. Are actually not even like Serena as a rancor in the top half. So I think the top after overall way better. So much, much better side of the drawer. Yeah, because the bottom off you've got a lot of the seeds, like Kennon and stuff, who just aren't playing at the level of what they're ranking suggests at the moment, even like keys mark is. So yeah, the top half is very impressive. We'll just my only other women's match I had here, bit of a rogue one, but Layla Fernandez and Magda. Lenette, me and Brownie Big Fans of Magda and when we watched her when she was just some myth in like two thousand and seventeen or something finandez. I talked about her in the US Open episode, but she is like seventeen or eighteen or something. Kind of having a bit of a breakout year this year. Probably, if it wasn't for the covid break, I think she would have found herself sawing up the rankings, but that kind of got holted a little bit. But Yeah, Magda's she's actually turning into it like a pretty reliable player, which is you can't say about too many people in the women's side of the drawer. She usually just beat some people she should beat and loses to the people you expected to lose to. But FINANDEZ is a lot better than her ranking at the moment. So that would be an interesting one. And I don't they've got committed here in the third round, but I think the winner of that should definitely get to the third round, maybe even push on, but we will see how they go there. Camp do you have two more on the women's side or yeah, I'll just go through them quickly. Yeah, I had quiznet sober verse. Have Launching Koba, like I know PA launching COBA hasn't playing playing like the greatest recently, but I think she will. She's obviously a better in rankings and quizine's over, but quisness over a made it to round a sixteen at Rome, which I thought was impressive for her. So I think that will be a good matchup. And I also had Zang versus keys, because case has always been good, but I'm consistent at times, and Zaying actually made it to the arm quarterfinals at this trash tournament. So I think they'll be a good match up. Yeah, that's a rogue one. The winner of that will probably played corn a, which is one of the second rounds that I'm interested in. Yeah, Brandy, and are...

...you all out for the men? I'm all for the women's. Are Women? Dr All right. So moving on to the men's, Brownie, who are you interested in here? Um, well, there's the obvious one, but I don't really want to talk about it because it's there's more interesting ones, in my opinion. Way, so they all saying stops stand against my obviously. What's with all the former? Like beasts, they always get drawn against seeds like Nishikori has Evans and Church has team and like Anderson play the seed last time. I think it strange. He pays. But the first one that interested me a lot was month face against Boblik. Bublick is playing well this week, last week and this week. I forget the exact people that he's beaten. I think you beat Audi Alia, seen this week, and last week he beat is. Looking at it now, Bes lost baby feel looks pretty easy. But he beat yeah, be feelix quite comfortably and Rama. He's the quarter finals there, which is but one reason is that one fiece is a top eight seed, which surprises me to a certain extent. But yeah, he's not in good form at all. His lost in straight sets in the first in his first match in Rome and in Handburg this week. So it'll be and then bubliks just a fun player to watch and of course mode fi is also a fun play to watch. So be interesting to see because I think it's a pretty level. Like obviously mode pieces the better player, but I think it's pretty even going into that one and would be in interesting, interesting to see what happens. What happens there? Okay's that's actually a good section of the drawer, that part. Yeah, that match is that. So that's going to move me on to my next match, which is in that section. Take him out of Itchin Schwartzman. Yeah, Schwartzman had a great Italian Open. made it to the final. He beat Rapha, lost to know back in the final, but still just had a great week. And then kick them out of Itch. What tournament did he win? Can remember he won. It was the one the second week of the US Open. Yeah, it was it too, spool. Yeah, kids. Yeah, yeah, like, I can't be I can't lie. He played absolute nobodies, but Um still, you got to be playing well to win. You know, like five matches in a royal, how ever many it takes to win a tournament. So that'll be interesting to see who comes out on top of that one. And yet that's in the same section as Bublick and mom fist and in that section you got Fritz coach Mutet has been playing real recently. Thompson's even been playing role recently. So will be interesting to see some of those matches in that section. Can what do you like? My I had batiste a good versus gas gasquet. They are actually played each other at Cincinnati and not there. Batista One, seven, five, six one. So like the first that was close. Second set on that close. But obviously because gas gets French, I think he'll obviously fight harder in the French Open and obviously because it's a grand slam as well, he's going to play better and try and play better. But I think that with like the grand same being in France, will give him more of a push. So he'll fight harder. So I think will be interesting. I think will be closer than I was at Cincinnati. Yeah, and like Batista Good. I think he is come into a little bit better form in the last two weeks, but he's been a bit shaky since post lockdown. I think he lost a hospical at the US Open, which you wouldn't normally expect from it the great man. So who knows? Yeah, Batissa goods probably going. is a heavy favorite, but gas guy can you can never really ride out right off gas gay, especially, as Cam said, in France, Brownie. Yeah. So my last one that I have for the first round for men is Nick Sinner against David often am I taking your one day? That's just one of them. I like that one. Yeah. So obviously I think we've talked about sinner a fair bit on our when we were talking about going to the US Open. But he's a maybe nineteen now. I think he's eighteen or nineteen. He's ranked about sixty in the world. But he's been obviously playing better tennis than he's like been rising and he's been in good form as well ever has he? I think he's been quite good form out of lockdown. Yeah, he beats its the past, I think in Rome, if we have so. Yeah. so He's been playing good tennis and Goffin, I mean I wouldn't say Goffin's in bad form,...

...but I wouldn't say golf it's in great for me either. He's kind of just been the doing the whole like beat who he should lose? Who He should probably accept. Sometimes he loses to people a little bit below but like hasn't hasn't copped any embarrassing losses, but also hasn't done anything particularly impressive. So he's Um definitely beatable. If sinner can step it up and like kind of plays best tennis, that could be really tight. I don't think see. I think often will run away with it in the end, but I think we can definitely will definitely have a couple of tight, interesting sets at the beginning of that match, for sure. Yes, sorry, like that one. Yeah, that's kind of that's the exact kind of match that I definitely target with the Grand Pass. Yeah, would pray it cops like a show called, but probably wouldn't. Be Honest. I've got a few more, but I'll just say one of them. Actually I didn't even want to talk about it, but team Chileche like hardest, explains itself. Chillch on clay, though, stually get that off. True. Yeah, team should be the pretty convincingly, but you can never ride off someone of Chilich's Fliber Evans, Nishikori. That'll be interesting one. NISHIKORI's coming off a long layoff. He's been bit patchy after the US Open. I don't exactly remember his results since, but thinking that tournament, that Keeck M ount of each one, I think he lost like a qualify in the first round or something, so he's probably not seeing them great. But yet he could. He could be Evans and then, yeah, obviously stand Marie. That'll be interesting to see. Yeah, this is absolute random one. But mayor, I don't know how to say his name, but Mayo or, he was like the he won the juniors at the olds open. He's playing David'Obach Fu Kiner, so bit of a younger gun battle. They're both in good for mayor. He's playing well on the challenges, but this is a strange one. But this is the final one. I want to talk about laslow dare versus Kevin Ms. Very strange matchup. Dare is a probably one of the biggest clay court specialists on the too. Are Not, in terms of his clay's like the best in the tour but compared to his other services. I was looking to stats on Wikipedia, so I'm not sure how accurate they are, but on clay his win record is about sixty seven percent. On Grass and hard it's below twenty five. So he's basically just earning a living. On clay he's pretty useless and other stuff. And then Kevin Anderson obviously got a lot of pedigree. Clay doesn't probably suit him, but I was looking at arm some of these form in the last two weeks he's actually playing all right, so it'll be interesting to see how that matches up. But yeah, that's all I've got for the men's camp. Rolling back over and women's second round. Who Are you liking there? The woman and Oh yeah, you guys have I'll just go through them quickly. I just struck versus tfo. Oh, yeah, I think that's really interesting one. They they I think they both made its like the third round of the US something like that, so that they're playing like the same. And then I also had Bearan teeny verse. It's pop the sill, I think it is. Yeah, yeah, the there are. Yeah, he's very informed. He had a really good us open run. He also beat Schapavalov this year and ty. I mean he's a I think he's like almost top ten seated player. So obviously he's playing well and he he got to like the quarterfinals at Rome, so he's playing well as well. So they'll be interesting. But for women, round two, I have the two thousand and twenty, two thousand and twenty breakthrough artist. We have PIR and COPIR and cover. Yeah, that's Serena Williams. Obviously there they have to play again. What the Hell? Yeah, yeah, they vest each other at the quarter final at the US Open and that's a three setter. So I don't know, I don't remember. And Bar I think she. I know parencove actually hasn't played on clay yet. She has some plate since you're so open either a Serena. So we don't know how they both go and clay, but I think will be interesting. I mean I don't think Serena's very much for a clay player. So it is Serena at the end. That's one the French Open like three times. So yeah, she'll spank it. She'll still second AMA court. Yeah, it's probably like her worst surface, but it is Serena. It would be interesting to see if, similar to prosper sor with Pyn coover is form can translate, because I was just thinking. She probably doesn't play clay for like three years, so I don't think from of as much of a much of a clay quarter. Yeah, I think her she's a bit more crafty, not really up shooting, really student the Clay Court. Yeah, I write that they gave her a wild car though. It was, yeah, quite fitting some I think I was saying this before we came on here, but...

...not happy that. My Man Lorenzo Mis said he got doggs of a wild card or I still actually don't understand what happened there. Maybe it's like age restriction or something, but he made the quarterfinals, I believe, at Rome or the third round, and if he's like a he's like eighteen and he hasn't cought a spot in the qualifiers or main draw of the French I'm really not sure what happened. Yeah, like that one Brownie. Yep. So next I have for the Women Ostapenko Against Carolina Pushka. Well, it'll be interesting. Ostapenko won the French Open, would you believe it, in two thousand and seventeen. Who Remembered? She's now probably not in the top fifty, probably hasn't been in a while, but and look, I don't really have full confidence that you'll get past the first round, but it'll be interesting to see because she has one the French Open, which is obviously very capable. I mean she didn't just win the French Open by beating random. She definitely beat like, I think she made Koba and stows are and Halip and all these good players in that run. So stoys the French Open there. Yeah, she want to grantee to go as well. Yeah, yeah, so that'll be interesting because also CLASICO. I mean she is a little bit injured the moment because she retush. You retied in the Rome final, but yeah, you made the road final, so she must be in. Even though reform didn't seem great and she's not the most reliable, she did make the final there, so obviously has some form coming in and it'll just be interesting to see. I hope that match happens just pewer interest on how Ostapenko can play in the place and because also she's a definitely a confidence player. If she loses confidence, she loses because she would just cracks the Ballard to the back fence a million times. But when she's has confidence, which she clearly has, at the French been considering. She won it. It'll be interesting. She's definitely capable, so I'm excited for that one. Yeah, I like that one. Next up also, astapencos played pretty well this week. She beat Burtons, so showing she gote specialist, I mean burden. She shouldn't be seated. Kick her off. Yeah, that I actually agreed. That my second round. I've only got one, I think. But yes, well, this might not even happen because they neither of these players are reliable. But yes, stremps CON versus Bouchard. Bouchard's been in great form on the clay. Obviously she's better than her ranking suggestions. Ranked like, I don't know, two hundred and eighty or something, but she's had a long like we'll not a layoff, but she's been pretty bad for a long time and then just recently she's kind of hit form again. In my this is probably mainly due to her poor ranking, but in my voting thing in the last two last two well internationals, what they call the Dobta, that she's participated and she got the full marks. I think one of them she won or made the final. On the other she made like the SEMMI's or something. So she's flaying pretty well. And then your Stram Scar, she's just hitting Miss Really. Some days she can be good, some day she could be bad. I think she beat and a Samoba the other week and then she was looking all right against helip at one point. So we'll see how she goes. And to be honest, I know this sounds by she's because we are Australian, but she might actually have issues with gavrilover. Gavril over played a if tournament this week. I think it was all last week. It was like her first tournament in ages, I believe, because when I googled it there was like no, nothing to scroll fast. So and I think she made like the semi finals or something. She won't and she qualified for the torment. So I think she won like six straight matches or five straight matches, so she's coming in with a little bit of form as well. Former top thirty player, if not wrong. So yeah, Bouchard, your strengths is probably the matchup picking this based on, but who knows that they could be interesting to see all those first round matches as well, Campbell, and next I have the American facedown. I Have Collins First, barrady. Brady will played very, very well the US Open. She made it to the quarters or the stuff, I think. Let's mean waters sons. Yeah, it's a loose two. Naomi. Yeah, yeah, and also collins is actually playing well. She she first continent, I'm pretty sure, and it took her three sets to win. To Win I think she beat controvert or conservat her, but either way she's still playing really well.

So I think will be juicy because they're both smashes up the ball. They like to rip it through, I mean as all Americans doing. But I think he'll be interesting. Yeah, that's actually it will be interesting to see how Brady goes on clay because she's obviously been smashing it on the hard court, so we'll see how that transler. I don't know if she's played since US Open, but could be wrong. Nesh shouts them. Yeah, so that'll be interesting to see how they go, both up against qualifiers. So it'll be interesting to see how the WHO they're drawn against the it's kind of disappointing the qualifiers aren't at yeah, because although it's unlikely like a qualifiers going to be someone ranked in the top thirty, especially in women's tennis, if you get matched up against like a clay court specialist, you know, could like kind of change the dynamic of the draw. Almost Brownie. Any other second round matches interested? One more. Not Too much to say, but I just had down manising keys against core nay. Yeah, just because they played at the US Open and Corne got up in the first set and then Keith retired hurt, but corn I was still up in that match and I think they'll both get probably get through the second round and it'll be interesting to see how keys comes back to the person that she should have come. She should have been at the US Open and the clay will favor call name more and it'll make the matchup more, even that it was on hardcourt. But yeah, I'm interested to see what happens there. Yeah, and he's brings it and produces. Yeah, she lobviously went, but corney's like scrappy and isn't going to let keys cruise through. Yeah, it's going to be interesting in this torment, I think. I think it's going to be a lot of upsets. We saw in the last like two weeks of tennis there was a lot of top ranked players losing to pretty unknown players, like outside the top hundred or outside the top fifty, just because it could be like if you've trained over hardcore during the lockdown, this could be the first time you've played on clay in like, I don't know, like nine months or something. So I like I know, for example, corner she's coming and she hasn't played the tournament. So I know she's playing this week in Strasbourg, but it will be interesting to see players who are coming in like fresh onto the clay. We could see some huge upsets. But speaking of clay, court specialist moving over or Campbell Gem any women's second round last or I've just two more I have. I had her cog verse Linette. I thought that would have been good and because so both like kind of like the same. That's a grand past match right there. And then I have Saber Lanka versus Casts Cassaquina. Yeah, yeah, I thought that would have been that would be good as well, because she made it to Cassa Kina made it too. Yeah, off Rome and Suber Ankas doing well and strush but stress bogs. That's interesting. I'd been interesting. Yeah, all right. Moving on to the men's. If we're all done with the women's. Yeah. So speaking of you know, people outside the top fifty. You could upset a seed. I'm looking at demon or versus, the winner of Del Bonus and Lawndero. Like I would put money on the guard. Demon or was playing basically. I think I think I was. I tweeted about it the other day. I can't remember. I think Demon North Win percentage on clay in his career is sixteen percent or something. Yeah, I think he's just getting any two matches out of about thirteen or fourteen. Doesn't get any Austin on the ball. Yeah, so it doesn't hit the ball with any kind of like work on it to get it through the court enough. So, yeah, he's tactics don't really work on the clay court. Yeah. So it'll be interesting to see who he's up against. He's playing qualify around one. So he actually might even struggle there if it's someone like a Chechennado or who's just lurking in the call and raw catch. Huh, I would know what to play Chechennado. He's actually kind of hit form again the last two weeks. But yeah, Delbono, Del Bonus Lawndero on hard wouldn't to ever talk about this matchup, but both of them are pretty decent on the clay. I think del Bonus had a pretty good week the other week, and then Lawndero. I'm pretty sure he's won like clay five hundreds before, probably just that Crap Rio one. But yeah, like we're doing this fantasy thing for the French Open. Well I think we are anyway, and it puts like odds on the players and if you tip the person who's going to lose, you get more point. The put the person who's expected to lose and they when you get more points. This is like a prime example where I might go the under dog for some points here, because I'm not back in demon all in, despite being an Uzy man, just don't have any faith on him on the clay with him. Can any other second round men's matches...

...that you're interested in? Well, I actually only have three round too much ups. It's probably like the least matches I have, but I have Kofa versus either will rinker or Murray Cofa made it to the quarter final of Rome and he actually took Djokovic to a three set match. So I think Kafa actually is one of the better male clay players. So it would be interesting to see how he would go up against like a grand slam winner. I mean like they're both Marie and were in current as good as they were when back when. They want grandsons, but they're still really good tennis way. So it would be interesting to see how they both go up against Kofa. Yeah, that's actually a spicy one, because I don't think stands in great for me either. I think he lost to someone in the first round the other week or something of that. And Yeah, coy lost least Alsto Messeti, or I think the setting. Yeah, that's right. Yeah, my said he but want to set six love against him, my man, and and Marie is always struggled on clay. So, yeah, fact that he's not as good as you used to be and clay, that's combination. He's not that much a danger Jack and clay is better. Like. So, for someone with like a rundown body, do you think clay's better or worse? Worse? Worse, because you have to like slide and stuff, because you have to run around. Yeah, point is so much longer. Yeah, even though MA's run down, he can still handle the long point. So that's like what he's known for anyway. So he's just can't finish points on Cla yeah, yeah, yeah, it's like the most Grand Slam five set comebacks or something, which is like from three lag to lovedown. I think. I think you broke that record at the US. But yet, Brownie. The next one I had, which is a bit of a random one, was garen versus you go umber. So Garen isn't in particularly good for at the moment. I mean he's doing all right this week, but here's the clay. Here's a clay or specialist. I found an interesting I looked it before. He's number he's in the top twenty. All is almost in the top twenty, but he's never made a past the second round of a Grand Slam. He's life. He's just done well in the South American play. Sounds needs to be empty. Managed to get himself up into the top twenty, but there's always one of them. It was quaives nouns Garan, but anyway, bomber last week beat Anderson and I got here. He beat Kevin Anderson and Babbiothaneinny, both straight sets, and then he beat Mad Medvedev this week. So those are some very good wins under his yeah, so he's in good form. And Garen, this clay court specialist. I'm backing him to get over cold river. That'll be tight. He could he could lose too, could driver, but be interesting to see what happens there. And I think both of them, both of them good on the clay, in good form and it will be an entertaining, entertaining one. Yeah, I was kind of key for Garant to see how he'd go in the clay court and he's just shown that he's not even a clay like, he's just a South American sight. That was like he just thrives when there's no one else playing. But I'm pretty confident in bear will make it out of that like tiny part of the draw there. I think you'll make it to the third round. I'm back of them. In my final second rounder on the men's side, I quit. I mentioned in the first round side as quickly touched on it, but mootet versus the winner of Keck Mat a bitch, and Schwartzman, so probably Schwartz and versus to tit. Mute's playing qualify, but I'd back amy's in good form. Schwartz would like be expected to make it through the third round there, but you never know. Mood moved its young. He's French so probably doesn't mind the clay himself and he's in good form. So sold recipe for a good match. Another one that it's probably not going to like, be on TV or anything, but definitely would choose to go to that if I had a ground pass. But yet that moves us on our camp. Are you? Are you all out? or I just have frits verse Thompson. I thought that would have been spicy because, like, they're both good. I think, for it's made it to third round at US, five set against Shirt Chapov a love, and he also made it to the Mexican open final, so I thought that was good. And Thompson made to around sixteen at us. So I thought they're both in good form. And then I had sits a pass versus quavers, I think that's how I say. They faced each other at the German open of seven hundred and fifty six for so it was a pretty close match. Yeah,...

...so it's pretty close matchup. So I think it might be another close game because it's a pass, it's fast hasn't won a match. I mean he probably has one at the German but he hasn't like convincing one matches lately, like he lost a center at Rome, so I don't think he's in the best form on clay. So yeah, yeah, I actually think I didn't want to say this in the first round because I think it's a bit of a stretch because moonars on in great form himself. But I wouldn't actually be shocked if moon a troubled sits a pass but the form sitser passes in at the moment and moon are being Spanish and young. I'm kind of just assume he's or out of clay. I actually don't know if he is on it. But yeah, that Thompson Fritz one. That's interesting because, as Brownie talked about in the first round, they've got mom fees and booblick in that section and mom feces and in good form. So Frits, after he did make the third round, which is where like he's seating, suggest he should make, but he probably would have been disappointed to cough up match points against shapable of and then obviously the draw opened up with the noback thing. So this could be an opportunity for him to bounce back and take advantage of what seems to be, although it's like a tight draw, it could be a soft draw compared to what else he could have had to face. So I'm interested in that one. But yeah, I'm all out for the second round. Are you all done, browning? Yeah, all right. Let's move on to the women's third round before we end to our predictions for the overall tournament. This is pretty hard to predict the women's third rounds because we have no idea who's going to actually make it there. But I'm kind of just going to pick out sections that could produce a fascinating third round. Yeah, so that section we're talking about before with contovite Garcia, yeah, and Mertons. Man, the Mertons in their kinecting. She's obviously pretty old these days, but back when she was a bit younger she used to be prone to a big upset victory sustain, which is in really good form at the moment. I think she made the third round or something of the US Open and then she did well on a fifty the other week. So yeah, there's a lot of good players in that section. Four or five people who I could see making the fourth round. So I've no idea who's going to be in it. I wouldn't. They're definitely not going to be getting picked in my French Open fantasy team because I don't know it's going to win any of the matches, but it's going to be interesting to see who comes out of that one alive. Brownie, what about you for the third round of the women's so I had that one and then the other one that I had was brady and MS user. So Muga Rus are obviously in good form on clay. Just a good, decent Clay Corp player. Brady just in generally in really good form. So I thought that would be a really interesting matchup there. Muga Rusa is probably looking at the drawer. Muguruzau is will not probably definitely the favorite in the bottom half of the draw, even know she's a shadowing. So a few Chie prediction of mine. Even though she's not a top eight seed, she's easily the biggest name in the person who's the most dangerous? That half the job at Brady use depending, but I don't really know how. Don't really know much about her on the clay, but it doesn't really matter because she is her form this year on hardcourt is better than her form any other year on hardcourt, so can't really be underestimated at the moment. So it'll be interesting to see how Brady performs and if Mugurusa could stack up against her form. Yeah, Ken, what about you? I have yes, tromscar versus Vonder US ova. I thought that would have been induced matchup. vondrous over made it to the semi final at Rome. I'm pretty sure she versed Mugarusa and lost yet to my Garusa. Yeah, and then your stroms car made it. I don't know which random roam, but she lost to push coma and she was PUSS. Come on. And then it's yes, tramps, yes, tremps car. I don't know where she got into Rome, but her final match was against help and I'm pretty sure that ended up being a three set match or like a really tight trough set up. So I think your strong scar and Vondarus are both in great form and I think they'll produce her a good match. Yeah, I think this would be a big tournament for vondrous ova because although with the ranking thing, she's like kind of protected, I think if she doesn't lift her level in this back half of this year, I think next year she's going to be looking at like a huge ranking drop. Yeah, but it she seems to be a bit of a play specialist, so we'll see how she goes. She is in Hallet's part of the draw, so they will be interesting if she if they meet up in the fourth round, if vond reserve is...

...as good as she seems on clay or but yet your strengths, who could be a big test if your stremps get rocks up on the day. Other three third round matches. Yet once again we don't know who's going to be there. But as a ranker, pretty much every one of Azarranka's matches are going to be spicy, although you'd be expecting her to beat her comfortably in the form she's in. First round she's got cobbinet Covenache, who I think she made the third round of something the other day. I'm not exactly sure what it was, but I think she might have played holt or something at in Rome. I don't even know, but she qualified or something and one a few matches in the main draw. So she's in decent form. Then in the second round she's Got Schmide, lover or Venus Williams. So I think she played Venus the other maybe first round or of Rome, and then she made lover. Even though her ranking is like fallen a lot. She used to be a top thirty player and she's been in all right form in the last month. And then in the third round she's probably looking at Pittinseva, who's in pretty good form. I think she might have made the cards or something in one of the recent tournaments. She'd made cats in the US Open. Really Yeah, yeah, I remember that. I think she don't know, she might lost a Braidy or something. And then fourth round she's got Serena. So pretty much all of Azarenkas matches are going to be an interesting watch. She's in the form. will not the form of her life. I guess she was in pretty decent form in a price, but she's just been in great form for a like this is the best form she's been in for like five years. So you'll be interesting you see if that can translate on the clay, because she's got a few tough ones in there, especially while she can get there. That's Serena. Fourth Round matchups looking pretty juicy but yet Brownie. That's all I've got. Can. They don't have any others? I am I've got. I've got like four others. I'll just go through. And creezy. I've got Sakari verse, the winner of Conta or golf. Sakari had a really good run at US Open and Contra and golf. Also had a really good run at Rome, even though golf lost to like round thirty two, but she made my Garisa go to three sets of a grosser's clay specialist, so that was pretty good for her. I said contivate as murders. They're both been playing well this she are. They're both like high seeds, so it would be interesting. I have curber vers, corn a can. I did really well in the US Open. Curber, curve, is not as good as she used to be, but she's still obviously curb, so she's good. And then I have Osta pankovs alone, because I thought like they're both like similar in how were they're playing right now and they both did well. It's Trashberg. I think CNIC IS gonna BE FISCOBA. Yeah, yeah, this's and predictions. Yeah, back in called and then I still think over I like it can spicy stuff. Yeah, corney's good. Where did he's lost first? Key's lost first round in US Open. Cohen I made it's around sixteen. I know, like different surface, but like key's not been playing that well. Yeah, all jokes aside, though, if Ostapenko can manage to beat puss cable Wi should be a pretty big upset. The draw kind of opens up for her like that. She's got martage in there who, like her rankings too high risk. Same thing keys, she's up and down all the time. Kurba in bad form. So it's going to be pretty interesting to see if she could beat that, because she could be on for a cheeky semi final run or quarterfinal run. But yeah, in that bottom section, another one that interests me. Not a specific matchup, just too interesting section of the draw because I've got no idea. No idea who's going to make it out of here. So you got martage and risks, the two seeds. Then you got golgear's, modenovitch, Kurda Matoba, who were all former seeds and cells and not mistaking I think, Kurdmurt but used to be top, like she was just like on the fringe of being a seed. The yeah, Milazena, itch and Gorgas they have been like in and around the seedings for like the last five years. So it'll be interesting to see who makes it out of that section. Now to the men's. will go through the men's third around. Then we'll go on to our predictions. Brownie, which men's third rounds interest you will? I think the one that clearly interests me the most is dominant team against Caspar Rood. Caspar rude in very, very probably well, definitely in the form of his life at the moment, being bear at teeny and making the semi final at the master's last week and now it was in the quarter final in Handburg this week. So it's played a lot of matches...

...on clay, got a lot of got a lot of matches under his belt. Maybe a bit tired coming into the French Open. But his first couple of rounds he's got sugata in the first round, who not? Who's just not playing well? I don't think not. Hasn't done anything of interest in a in a few years. And then Second Round Tommy Paul or James Duckworth, who neither of them are particularly dangerous. On the clay that I don't think rude, even if he's a bit tired. I think he I'm confident that he'll get through that and I think team, if he plays well in his first few matches, will beat rude. But I think I'll be interesting to see how route can stack up because of obviously he lost a Djokovic, but he's been playing very well and like just very, very solid tennis, like he's not giving away much, just like doing the Ruck, doing everything right, nothing particularly special, but just like getting the job done and not two s matches, which is impressive to see. And he does play kind of a similar style of tenness. It's just like a bit toned down. So I'm and obviously the two of my favorite plays well, so I'm excited to see them against each other. Yeah, so, yeah, I think most people expect team to win it easy, given his, you know, past few years of rolling Garross. But I think it's going to be harder than people think. Yeah, rudes form obviously speaks for itself, but teams not going to really be rolling into it with much practice under the belt. He's got Chilich and a pelker who aren't really going to be testing him on clay and they're not good tests, like they're not playing up rude, if you know what I mean, not giving him much. They're not going to give him many rallies or yeah, exactly. It's not going to be the one doing the play, like he's just going to be like dealing what he's dealt and getting the job done rather than grinding away where it's gonna have to grind away against rude. Yeah. So it's going to be his first like a legitimate clay match really of the season, so it's going to be interesting to see how quickly he can adapt to the his favorite surface. Yeah, that's a good one. I've only got one other. To be honest. Actually think the men's drawls not great in general. I don't know why. There's just I found that there was a lot more. I think it's just because I don't know the clay specialist that well and maybe once the qualifiers are in there there'll be a few more interesting matches, but for me the standout was Shapovalov and Dmitrov. To be honest, like, if we talked about this two weeks who, I wouldn't even been interested with. The Form Dimmitt Trov was in, but I think he had a decent tournament. Was it not right? Right, and Rome this way? I don't know. Yeah, and then Chapeau. He made the semis of something, didn't he? My memories completely made the same museum. Yeah, I thought so. So they're both in pretty good clay form. Chapeau similar to roots in the form of his career so far and he's starting to become a consistent player, which is a tough thing for young players to start becoming, and Dimitrov is famously inconsistent. So that'll be a pretty interesting one if they can both get there to that third round, and then they could be the representative from that bottom half of the top half bottom. So the second quarter, because they've got Medvedev, who's in shocking clay form. Sits a pass shocking tennis form, and then there's not really anyone. Rublev, he got been by some Rando the other day. I think that's that's the quarter to be in if you're like not top eight sheet, but like seed below that, who's looking to go deep. That's that's your section of the draw that you want to be in. For sure. Yeah, that there could be a call. I'm going to make in a few minutes coming up in that part of the draw. Campbell any other third round men's? Before we get into the predictions, yeah, I've got three. I have Felix Verse Kofa. I thought that would have been king. I like the confidence. I think if I was playing really well recently, I mean made it, he made to the quarterfinals at room, and Felix, obviously he's young and he's really good because he made it to a round sixteen at us, so they're both in good form. I also had Carino, buster or the winner of Patissa good and Gascar because I think one of the whoever wins that will make it far. Like they'll make it to the probably the semi. Obviously Karano made too, semi final final, jocoviches in their father hooker, which in their quarter now, I mean quarter. Okay, they could be better. Yeah, Crana obviously made to the semi final after Jokovic did his thing, and then Battista are good and gas get obviously playing well, and I think gus cat because it's in France, he'll play better, and then the other one I had was...

...humber verse Churchen off as just think they're playing they're both playing well. Humber made it to the quarterfinals that the German Open. He played. He was in a three set match against the babble of at the Rome and, touch enough, made it to third round at US and around sixteen I German. So I think they're both playing well to be interesting. Yeah, Brown, did you have any more? That's is yourn't talk about it. I just have one more that I just thought was a little bit interesting. It's Stephano sits pass against creative itch. creativitch is in good form. I think he's a clay quarter he got to a set to a tie right, playing well against Djokovic and he beat audio Alia scene and then Chechennado, who's a clay court specialist in Rome and he is a he is a good clay court player and I think that if it's a pass manages to get through his first two matches, which is not necessary, I think creativich will get through his first two matches. I'm confident. No one in his section, unless the qualifies good. He is too damaging. But if she's a pass manages to get through the third round, is going to really struggle against creativiache, I think because, yeah, crenovitch is in good form and sit's a pass isn't particularly and creat its going to make him play but also punish him and like yeah, I'm really interest to see how it's past can deal with that and if he can step it up, which I'm don't have full faith that he will be able to go. Yeah, all right. So that moves us into our predictions. If we're all done there with the drawer. Campbell just mentioned him before my pick. So first out we're going to talk about UNSEA. Two players who could make a little bit of a cheeky run. This guy's probably unlucky to not be a seed. I think he's just sitting outside the top thirty on the rankings. I think he's like high s. But UMBERT, we've talked about them in pretty much every round, but I'm confident he could beat Garen if he beats cold river. GARANT's clay quarter. But we've taught we talked about using pretty average form. Then catching of. I think he's played decent one of the last two weeks. He had a decent win, I think, but it's catching of at the end of the day. Who knows what you're going to get going to get with him, as not all loves the place at the moment. Catching of lost yesterday to live itch. Wanted to yea, yeah, I did say that. Actually live it's might talk about him in a little bit, but yeah, catching of. So I'm predictable. Well, at the moment he is actually predictably bad. So I'm pretty confident in bear can make it out of that section. Unfortunately he would have to meet Jockovich in the fourth round, but I think a fourth round force for him would be awesome at his home I almost said Grand Prix. He's home ground, Flam Grand Slam. That I'll see him get a huge boost in the rankings as well. Or I actually don't know how he went last year in the French but yet pretty confident he can go far. Brownie, which unseen the player. You came to see the arm or pull a clear one was cop far, but he's been talked about a bit. So I'm going to go with my other pick, which was a very rogue pick, because I was just looking through the drawer and I was looking in a section which I thought was a little bit open and this guy has always been in a in and about, but never really like stepped it up on a Grand Slam, in a Grand Slam, and I think that today, this draw may He's opportunity, and that's Lorenzo Senega over looking at it us saying I hope you say yeah. So He's in the section of the DRAW WITH MON face, so MON fiece and Bubbleich. He's got a qualify in the first round. Who knows that's going to be, but and then Mon fiece and Booblech. I mean, of course none of these are guarantees for him, but they're all winnable. So he can beat the winner of that match if he plays well. And then frits not really a clay Cork Guy, neither as Jordan Thompson and Rad I don't think he's getting through the third round. So I think Lorenzo, if he he has an good opportunity here to get to his first Grand Slam fourth round. He's never made a past a second round of a Grand Slam before. His Motor of fact, and people seeing busy younger and he's actually twenty five, so he is kind of ready. He's got to the point where and he's in the top fifty. has been gradually creeping up on us and I think he's it's he's time to do something impressive. So he's done little things and people know of him, but he's never really impressed done anything particularly impressive. He's just kind of creeped up on everyone. So I think I think the time has come definitely for him to do something big and I think this is a good opportunity. Camp who do you like? I think it might be a bit rogue, but I said pass Posse for sill, I think if he beats baranteeny in...

...the fast baranteen he's probably the biggest struggle he has, and it's the first round. But if he beats Baranteeny, he has to ast Harris, then Pop Rin, which I think he can easily do, and then he has to either Straftifi or Loapez, which I also think he can also do because he's been playing well on clay. But then a fourth round, that's where he could get stuck. But I do believe that he could be either one of the Spanish either. I got a bust. I think he can make it to the I don't think he's going to win, obviously not, but I think he could make it to one of the finals and have two Canadians in the so you know it'll be interesting. Yeah, the hundred percent. If he gets through that first round match, the drawers not too bad for him, but that first round that's going to be very tough. I've got two guys who bears my main man but sinner kind of got to just watch him every tournament. He's obviously way better than he's ranking is at the moment. He's got Golfin in the first, probably Roussivori in the second and then likely pair in the third. So it's not the easiest run but I think they're all winnable matches for him. And then he had gone to play probably is there in the fourth round. So I think he wouldn't be able to get through there. But Fourth Round for cinner would do a wonder for his ranking. And I don't know, I think soon has been pretty unlucky with some of his drawers of late. He seems to keep getting really good players in the first round, but he's doing what he can with it. Like you got to win against its a pass in Rome. So I think this could be is tournament to break out a little bit and finally crack that top fifty which he is kind of taken a bit longer to do than may be expected. I guess with the covid break, it's actually not been that long he's been on the tour. And then two other guys I just want to quickly mentioned. Not Nothing in depths, but Manorino and Ramos finolas. So they're playing each other and then the winn is probably going to play Medvedev, but I honestly think with mevidevs clay form at the moment, they could win that either of them. Mannerino French favorite. Obviously. I think he had a couple decent results. That is either in Rome or at Hamburg this week. And then Ramos finolas is a pretty decent clay player. And then the other seed in that section is bassilash V, who's unpredictable as always. So if they can somehow get past me butt of in that second round, then all of a sudden that draw opens up, and that's in that section where there's no real short favorites. You Got Rublev and stuff like that. So those two would be guys that keep an eye out on. Brownie. Any other unseen the players or no, not for the men camp. Anyone else? No. All Right, Jo say your women's camp. So for my first women I had Bouchard. I think she's I know it's a bit of a bit of an out there one and she has helped. She has holipen it draw, so it is hard for her, but I think that's deep here. She's been playing really well this year before the break and also after the break. She almost beat murders at Prague Open. So I think she does have the skills to beat some of the better women. Like she does have a test, as I think he's. I think she's going to win her first match, I think, and then just to probably versus, yes, drem scar, because Gavrilover, see, off you go, and then I think she can be your strength. SCAR. She might have struggle against Bonderusova because she's been playing very well on clay. So that probably is the first test for her. And then obviously help is probably going to demolish everyone in her in her section. So I think she might it to fourth round, but I think that's still pretty good run for Bushanda. She is a wild card, so I think that would be a pretty good one for run for her. Yeah, I actually don't mind her drawer. Actually vondrous over in the third's probably a big ASS by legit backer and against your strands. Care if this drap skills, especially not feeling it on the day. Brownie. Yeah, I've got a bit of a rogue call here, a bit of a random one, but I was just looking through the drawer, more looking, not necessarily. It's someone who is a guarantee or anything, but once again, like Snago, someone who's Dud for an opportunity and Ju for a big performance, who has a like a relatively open and open enough draws do some damage. And that person for me was caterinas and I Cooba, who showed a lot of promise a couple of years ago as a young upandcoming player. Now she's number one in the world it doubles. So I think...

...she's done won the world. No, no, maybe not number one. I think saying she was here a number one, but she's been number one in the world doubles and won a couple of grants, doubles, Grand Slams, and she's still only like twenty four. But she's just yet to really make a mark in singles, which is surprising, can because she is a really good player of watch over her matches before and she's in the quarterfinals in Strasbourg this week playing solely, and I'll she didn't do very well in she lost but both first rounds on the heart, but she's probably a better clay court play anyway. But her drawer she's got Lauren Davis in the first round and then the winner of Couz Nets VI and pavluching cover in the second round, which are both winnable matches, and then herd the her seed in her section is Kiki Burtons, to someone who is not at all inform. His just come back to the tour and hasn't really got back into their stride yet. So it isn't really is death. Definitely not the fifth best player in the tournament, that's for sure. So if not, it obviously it would be a surprise if she made it all the way through to the fourth round. But I think it's a good opportunity for her to get some good match, good Grand Slam experience under her belt and to show, you know, to really strings string a few good matches together. I think she's definitely capable and obviously it'll it's a bit random, but yeah, I'm interested to see what happens there. Yeah, I don't really have anyone I'm confident in. Yeah, I think I've ever been confident in what any women's match. But yeah, I've just got a few in a few weeks. Sections of the will not weak, but like even sections in the drawer, Camilla Giorgi, she will probably play the winner of contour and golf, which we highlight. It is probably the best first round match. So that's going to be a very tough one because it's content golf ago, both great players that think they're both winnable for Georgie. And then she would probably go on to play Sakari or yeah, probably Sakari in the third round, which I think is also winnable for Gyorgi. She's kind of just sat outside the seeds on the rankings for quite a while now, just around that like forty ranking, so she's probably like yet they're all winnable for basically and then she is in that section with Synea Kob that you were talking about, with cosnet SOB and Burton's. So, like I'm not saying she's going to make the quarterfinals necessarily, but I think she could challenge a few players and then a few others in a few of the more even sections of the drawer. Caroline Garcia. We've mentioned her against count divite. If she gets through that, then it kind of opens up for her because although Merton's she's usually pretty reliable to be the people rank below her, she also can just have an off day and get whipped, like when she got smashed by as a rank and stuff like that. Like I know as rank is better than Gussiere, but she's not invincible. Sastovich is also in that section of the drawer. She's been pretty good form. And finally, this is a strange call because don't even know how good she is anymore, but ladenovitch home Grand Slam, she plays Laura Siegemund and then she'll play the winner of gorgets and risk if she gets through siegeman. So it's not the easiest draw at all length for someone who's pretty unreliable. It's probably bold to back her in, but risk and martyage, they're probably two of the weakest seeds, so it would shock me if she goes on a bit of a run to the fourth round. Campbell, anyone else you want to talk about? Mine just had pier and cove are because of her great us open run. Don't know how to face on caught. I had corn a ust to Panco and then I had a bit of a rogue when I had jabber. I think she could probably do well. Yeah, Brownie, anyone else? Yeah, well, I'm not sure if you mentioned already, but Direc as a Kena also. She isn't a desk, a solid part of the drawer. I don't think she'd get past the fourth round if she would to go on a run. But I think she's been very lacking the last couple of seasons, since two thousand and eighteen, where she made that Indian Wells finally made into the top ten, and then last year in this year been very lacking, but showed a bit of old signs of her old form in Rome last week and even though she had to pull out of gets as AREKA injured, unfortunately, so hopefully she's recovered from that. But I think Saberlinka is obviously she's a Sablake, is consistent in a good player but like winnable for lots of people. Would Fair play a good match. So I mean sure's she has a good chance of doing well there. Yeah, I forgot to mention this in the men's but obviously the qualification not having...

...finished yet, it's a big ass for a qualify to do well. But very interested to see our Chechennado goes. He would be someone who wouldn't shock me if he just goes and like a bit of a run just because you're so good on clay. Well, used to be anyway. It wasn't that good last year. And then the women's qualifiers. The interests me Kustook I think she's playing right now against Karew me Nara, but if she wins through there she's in what was in good form at the US. This is and then these are so rogue. So, but it's women's tennis after all. So if there's a clay specialist of women's sentence, who knows how far they can go. But I think her name's Natalie pod a Rosca. She has been killing it rate recently. I think she did really well in one of the two S and she won like a an if tournament and then another one. She's got a tough one in her final qualifying match because she's playing someone who made the final. I don't know if you saw this, Brownie, but there was a ittf tournament the other week in Prague, a hundred and twenty eight people in it. So like it was, you have to be pretty pretty bloody good to go deep in that one. And she's playing someone who made the final of it. But I don't know if first and I think her name is Claire Towson. I I'm she's younger than Campbell and she's in pretty good form. Last three weeks she's wrapped up like eight or nine wins and yet she's seventeen so and she's she beat. Her name's like Elizabetha Cockyretto, and she's like a young, promising Italian, pretty good on clay, and she pumped her like one sixty too. So I'm never seen a plaint in my life before, but she is kind of caught my eye with some of recent form. So she makes it to the main draw, she could be so uninteresting to watch at such a young age. But all right, now the seeds. Who we think besides the obvious ones, who we think could go far, Kim, who do you like out of the sea the players? Well, probably everyone has him, but I would say Schwartzman. I would say. I would say I mean he beat Nadal. I don't know how, but Nadal, I don't know. He was his first tournament back. He might not have been like in his form yet. So but I still think it was a great achievement for him. His draws pretty easy. He has to verse. I don't know any of those people, and then fourth round he has subverse modern fece is just probably his the biggest ass for him. But I think even though month fees has a sixteen three record in two thousand and twenty, I still think that Schwartzman can beat Mon fiece because he's obviously not in the best form right now. Yeah, and yeah, I think that shorts win can go pretty far as well, because the best player, it would add, at know, because the quarter final will probably be team and then Schwartzman. So it would be interesting to see who wins out of those two. Yes, Schwartzon's definitely the favorite in that section to make it to the quarters. Yeah, for me anyway. The other guys are some talented players in there, but none were probably as reliable Schwartzman Brownie. On the men's side, which seems interest you, the guy who's interested interesting me the most right now is live itch. Yeah, unders, I think his drawer is perfect. I think he'd be very happy about his draw. So he's in good form. He lost to he got to the third round in Rome. Beat roundhitch third round, lost an adult fair, I'll cough it. And then in he chopped catching of one and two yesterday. Playing tit to pass tonight in Hamburg. So I'll be interesting to see how he goes there. That'll provide a good indication of how he really stacks up. It gets guys like tits to pass. He's got he's section of the draws pretty solid. Audrey Rublev is his third round matchup and that's very winnable on clay for him. I think. Rub Lev I is it really a clay court kind of guy. And then he's got met Fordev, who I'm don't even think medevill get it through to the forefront. If he does, I'll be impressed because they for death just can't really play a claim. And then obviously getting a bit ambitious, getting bit of ahead of ourselves here, but then the court. If you'd got that far the quarter final match, I would probably most likely be, in my opinionship pop lock. But who's the other guy who I had in a set, who I thought would be interesting, who I think can go deep. But my if I had to guess right now, I would say that quarterfinal will never Dav and sit to pass word, be in that quarterfinal. Neither. Yeah. So, yeah, I'm s still what happens that? Yeah, I'm going to be a chance. I'm not going to bring anyone near to the table.

I'm jumping on those two blokes, I think. Yeah, they're the most interesting live. It's and should absolutely sadly rude got pitted up against team. Otherwise, if he was against pretty much anyone else in the drawer, I would have chucked him in. I think bautist goods kind of interesting, more that section of the draw anyway, or just be interesting to see who gets there. Yeah, I'm a good song being in the most consistent form, but he's a pretty good player and he's got crated buster, who was in decent form and well made the US semi and then, if he gets through that, he would have there a teeny who's a good player but like, probably not the seventh best in the world, let's be real. So, though, probably more interested in that section, I wouldn't ride or die, but taster a good. On the women's side, though, all seeds that I think can go far. We were talking about Cynea covid before someone in that exact section. I'm going because nets of A. I just think Kiki burtons. I don't trust her at all, especially given the recent situation, like her recent form. So I think if cause nets of a can get over pabbly, a chank over, which I back her in on clay to do that, and then that's senior covid match will probably be tough. But then if she gets through their backer and against Burtons, or could be puee, and then she would have the winner of that tough section with conto golf, Giorgy Rogers sackery. So there's no way she's getting an easy match there. But there all went all winnable, which is pretty say for someone seated, I think the quarterfinalist did. That second section is anyone's guess. Yeah, could be anyone. There's genuinely probably seven people in out of the sixteen there who could have seven or eight of them who could really stially make the quarterfinal. Yeah, that that top half of the that top quarter of the drawer, although you put your money on how it to get out of there. I think there's so many good players in there I actually don't know who's going to come out of it. Like helps, well, not not in quitting body, but she's probably the most reliable clay player. Absolutely, but even just say want the good players to get to the quarter to get to the semi finals. Yeah, and she's, you know, not invincible and she's prone to a slip up. So that's definitely the most interesting quarter of the draw for me. Campbell, probably apart from the obvious, I'd say ry Bikina just got a pretty easy dry. I think she would have to in the third round verse which over, which I think she can easily. She can easily do the way she's playing on clay, and then she has to verse Kennon Forth Round, and Kennon is absolutely trash. Kenn start getting Ken. It's not getting there. No, I I don't call her a grand slam winner anymore. Rebecca make the same and I think I don't think she's a seed at all. Kennon's not good. So I think Rybakina then should make it to the quarterfinal and Morgar USA would probably win her section. So I think she might. She I think I'd be an interesting matchup because they're both playing very well clay at the moment and Rybakina could be my gurus are I don't know, but she might, which would be interesting. Yeah, actually, that's a great shout. Actually, I that slip through my fingers there, but that is very soft section of the drawer. VECKAGE and Kennon probably two of the most unreliable seeds in women's tennis, like they just lose every second match. So then, I'll be honest. Smooth show. I don't really know much about her, but yet I really like that called Camp Brownie. Yeah, so I've got a caught here and Hamish, you're probably going to hate me for it because you've been hitty on her a fair bit this podcast. But Petro Marteach, I think self part I think she's got a really good shout. So she's got her first couple of rounds. I mean, could have mokete overs, all right, but Petro Marti is actually made the fourth round or better four of the last five Grand Slams. That's actually I follow us. So she made the fourth round the US Open and then she made fourth round US Open last year, Fourth Round Wimbledon last year and the quarter finals of the French Open last year and just didn't do well in the Australian Open at the start of this year, lost in the second round. So she's been consistent across the Grand Slams getting the job done. And her section she made the court of she's a clay court specialist. She made the quarter finals of French Open last year. She beat Carolyn a place creat the French Open last year. She's got allison risk is a seed in a third round. Alison risk can't. I mean she's all right, but clay Hollis and risk hasn't made the past the first round of the French opens. His two thousand and fourteen. I found that out. So she if you've ever seen her hit aforehand, she's had some weird risk situation going...

...on. You can't hear it with any topspin on a clay court. That's a bad sign. So so I'm just backing. I think Petro Marteach is definitely the favorite it to go through the quarterfinal of that section and then the section above there with committed run keys. I mean obviously it's a bit of a massive call. That Petro Martache is genuinely for me, if I had to pick someone to get to the semi final of that quarter, I'll be picking petromatage honest to like you see, yeah, I think she has the best chance of anyone. I think. Obviously to think her honestly, like it's not like a two to one odd situation, but like, yeah, it's obviously tight. But like, if I'm going to pick anyone, I'm probably going to pick her. I think she's got a really good draw and it is and has been in good form and he set up to do, you know, have a good result. Hopefully. Yeah, I like. I like that call, Cam do you have anymore or should we going to winning? I have one more girl I've cut to. That has sections pretty easy, I think. In the third round, I mean first roundchise, first Garcia, but she's big Guarstia before, and then murden's third round. I think she can do that easily. And then fourth rounds at Elena. I think. I think it's yeah, well, I think so. I can so anything right here. I think. I think kind of it can be murden's, I believe. Yeah, and then still Lena, Spit Alina. She hasn't been playing that well recently and I think punch off it's in a better form than's FIDELINA. And then should probably have to verse either as a ranker or Serena. So I don't know how she much she would go against those girls. I think she can beat Serena, I feel, but I don't know if she could beat as a ranker and I both actually I'm just looking at part of the drawer now. This wasn't going to be one of my calls, but actually, legitimately back Buttinsera to make it out of that section the drawer. Like I know that's such a huge cool with as a ranchor and Serena there, but I don't know, I just I hate as a rankers draw so much. Like I think she has not like Channe, like impossible match, but I think she doesn't have an easy match in there and I think she is probably pretty fatigued after like a pretty crazy month. She's played a lot of tennis. She did well in Rome. So like nothing's really suggesting that's going to happen, but I don't know. I've just got to fill in there. But this kind of slides us into our winning predictions. I'm so confident the murdery's is making the final. Like I'm so confident she's going to do it. She's just in great form. She's made the fourth round in her last six, I believe six French opens. Fourth Round a better. So she's not really prone to a like a slip up against a weaker player and I don't think there's too many of the seeds in her section the drawer that are going to challenge her. KENNON's, like we've talked about Kennon. RABBA Kena could provide a tough matchup. Sabril Anka. She's doing a right this week, but she was in woeful form until this week. Brady, Yep, she's in good form, but it's on the hard courts. I'm not sure if it's going to translate over to clay. Yeah, I'm just very confident that murder us is going to be the semi final representative on that half, that quarter of the drawer, and then I'm confident she could beat whoever it is out of martage, whisk of bar any of those, I'm confident she'll be making the final. And then it'll probably be tough because there's a lot of great players in that top half. But yet murger's is probably my pick to win the French Open this year. Yeah, can who who you pick backing in? And the women's draw, I'm probably going to kick Holok. Obviously she's the number one seed in this competition, but she's been playing so well. She won Rome and obviously Rome's not gonna predict how they're going to play in the French and she has she does have a like a sort of no, she doesn't have a touch. Or One am I talking about? She doesn't have tough R at all. So she's going to be that's not the easiest. She's got vondrous over and the fourth round this nice. She's she's beating him. Yea. Now I think I think all the how it versus Mugurus and I think hell a pool win. But I think Muger us, I think will either be how it vers Mugeruso or bald. I think hell of best. Right King, uh, spicy bit of a breakout for right. Okay, I like that call. Brownie, you're a big help fan yourself. Are you backing here in that strongly or bit worried? Not that strongly. I'm not back here in that strongly, but I'm backing here in. I'm she's definitely the fair she definitely the clear favorite of the tournament for me by far over the last however many? How many years, like commit maybe four years, the most consistent...

...women willing to play on the tour by five of the last four years, and then over the last couple of years she's shown how that you can do it in Grand Slams as well, and she's like consistently gone deep. She's yeah at the cause when she was the first got towel number one and was like the best part on the tour. She're struggling to get go deep in the slams, but I think she's done a better job of light and I am deaf. I am back here in is the favorite for sure. I reckon she's got it here. We haven't actually mentioned at all this podcast, but I'm going to say mergery's a beats with Alina, like I'm basically to say that to be bold, but I don't know. I my love for his bit elina slowly starting to turn to disdain and she just wins the worst internationals on the on the calendar. That's basically where she gets her points from these days, but she's got a really easy draw until the quarterfinal, I think. Anyway. I think she'll cruise through there. She does have common to Bart and Merton's in the fourth round, but back are in there where she will have to meet probably as a ranker, or Williams, which is very tough. But I don't know, I'm just back in the round. Why not just be something else? But realistically it's probably going to be how yeah, I'm back in the mergery's would win the whole thing, and then the men's. Brownie, who do you like in the men's? And I was going to win and angry about it already. Hasn't happened yet. I know he didn't play well in Rome, I mean, but he had glimpses of back to himself and here we always his first tournament back. So he wasn't quite there yet, but the French Open is where he really steps it up and his drawer is very, very, very very easy. I think his first three rounds is not going to have any issues at all. For Ninni is the only guy in the section of the drawer that can give a problems. But PHINISEE's coming back from a surgery and hasn't. Have you shown results? The vain so bad? Yeah, the beings. Yeah, he's the only guy that's capable of troubling it, but he can't at the moment. And then he's just so he's got four rounds. He's pretty much got four warm up rounds and him and having for warm up rounds means that by the time we get to the quarter of farms, his forms going to be back and he's going to be at his best again and then he'll have probably severe or most likely is very off in the quarterfinals and that'll just be an nice warm up for recent final against team as well. I just can't see team beating Rapha the French Open of five sets. If it was over three sets, maybe, but I think it'll be a Jocko Chadl final and a double win and I'll stop watching after the semis. Yeah, I like it's so boring, but it's definitely the odds on favorite thing to happen. Just to make it interesting, I'll back in Chapaval of to push no back to five in the semis. Yeah, I don't like you. I don't know. It's not really anything interesting to say about the man's. I think it'll be in the dull drop of each final. The doll probably win camp. Any any anything wrong you want to say or not? I'm I'm don't putting a doll in there at all. I thought it was not. I thought it was going to make it to the quarterfinals or the semi finals, but hey, he was never going to make the final. I had either jock of itch or shop of shop of Chapavlov in the grand final. I think she probos playing really well and I think job of it. I'm Chapablo of can test him, as Djokovic didn't play very well at Rome and Chapablo hasn't played Jockovich on clay, so we don't really know how they play against each other. And then I had either on the other side of the dray had Schwartzman or team. So they'll I think they'll definitely be. I think they'll definitely be against each other in the quarter and I think whoever wins that quarterfinal is making it to the final and I think will either be it will be Jokovic or Shepav Shapavlov, and then shortsman or team on the grand final. But overall I think swortsman will win spicy cool the day. I know where that would put him in the ranking. Surely, surely it's fish. Yeah, I think the shortsman team, whoever wins out of that, will win the whole thing. I don't, I don't give. I don't give my trust and job of it. She hasn't played well the French for a couple of years. Those Schwartzman Nadal highlights have really changed. Was a person camp. They change a lit mean. I mean Nadal probably wasn't playing like the best to you could, but I think Schwortzman has potential to be a top three seed once they all retire by see. All right, they're enough. Would love to see it. But yeah, that brings us to the end. It's been an absolute, absolute marathon episode. Coach actually predicted it,...

...to be honest. He was saying it would go for about two hours, but she's just short of an air and a half. But that's right. It's been a good one. A lot of a lot to unpack and yeah, basically thanks for listening. If you've gotten this far. Thanks for joining me. FELTS, and it's okay, very, very excited for the French Open. But yeah, good luck to all the players listening, and should luck to all the people who are going to watch the French Open. All Right, see you, guys,.

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