Day 8 of the tournament is in the books and it is time for another round of great tennis. Let’s take a look at the 4th round men’s matchups.
#3 Marin Cilic vs. #18 Fabio Fognini
Fognini survived an epic 5-set battle with Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Saturday and Cilic has breezed through the tournament thus far.
Cilic is looking to build upon a successful 12 months of tennis. He reached the finals of Wimbledon and, most recently, the Australian Open.
Fognini is not one to be overlooked though as he is one of the most resilient competitors out there. Just ask Kyle Edmund.
Marin leads the head-to-head matchup 2-1 but they haven’t played since 2011. This one should be close.
Cilic wins in 5 sets.
#9 John Isner vs. #5 Juan Martin Del Potro
Isner has been doing what he does best, which is using his massive 6-foot-10 frame to serve up a storm. In his 2nd round match, Isner had an astounding 38 aces alone.
The American beat Del Potro this year in Miami on his way to the title there and is hoping to make his first quarter-final here.
Del Potro has been playing well and is in the last 16 in Paris for the first time since 2012. Though not his favorite surface, he has eased into the 4th round and looks to be a strong threat to a potential semi-final meeting with Nadal.
Del Potro wins in 4 sets.
#1 Rafael Nadal vs. Maximillian Marterer
Marterer’s most impressive win of the tournament so far was taking out the #24 seed, Denis Shapapolov, in the 2nd round and is enjoying his best Grand Slam showing.
This 22-year-old will have his hands full as Nadal has been flying through the competition so far. The world’s No. 1 has now won 34 consecutive sets at Roland Garros.
With these two players never playing against each other before, there is that ‘unknown factor.’ But with Nadal’s history at the French Open, the odds are heavily in Rafa’s favor.
Nadal wins in 3 sets.
#11 Diego Schwartzman vs. #6 Kevin Anderson
Will size matter? A fair question as 6-foot-8 Anderson will tower over Schwartzman who is only 5-foot-7. Kevin’s size has come in handy as his service game has been solid with only getting broken twice in the tournament so far.
Schwartzman has also been consistent this tournament and joins Nadal as the only ones to not lose a set.
It should make for an interesting matchup as Anderson has a monster serve and Schwartzman is a great returner.
Well, there has to be at least one upset pick for Monday, right?
Schwartzman wins in 4 sets.
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