French Open 2016: Matches To Watch On Day 4


With the second round action set to commence on wednesday, things are slowly starting to pick steam at Roland Garros. Here are a few of the matches that have the potential to add make for some must see action on Day 4.

1. Jack Sock (USA) [23] vs Dustin Brown (GER)

Dustin Brown – who announced his arrival to the world on the greatest tennis court on the planet – Centre Court at Wimbledon by taking down Nadal last year, will bring his ever entertaining aggressive style of tennis to this match. His opponent Jack Sock has an equally audacious game with his blistering forehand that has found to produce top spin comparable to Nadal’s forehand.

Brown’s game is suited more to the faster courts and he will have an uphill task should Sock be in his elements. One thing spectators can be assured is that there will be atleast a few jaw-dropping points from either end of the court.

Prediction: Brown will win more fans with his bold and daring playing style, but Jack Sock has the more solid weapons and greater margin for error. Sock in 4 sets.

2. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [17] vs Igor Sijsling (NED)

Any match involving the uber talented Australian makes for a must watch tennis spectacle. Sijsling is a lucky loser who is making most of his opportunities. On paper, Kyrgios should find his way into the third round without much fuss. However, nothing is ever so straightforward with the mercurial junior Australian Open winner.

The past few months, Kyrgios has been accumulating more positive on his ledger than negative and one will have to trust the youngster to continue his good work and find his way to a deserving 3rd round.

Prediction: If Kyrgios loses his focus (which is very probable), the Dutch man has the game to make it a tricky match, but I will trust Kyrgios to take this in straight sets.

3. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3] vs Taro Daniel (JPN)

The defending champion had quite the rocky start to his campaign this year with his tough 5 setter against Lukas Rosol. Daniel, the No.2 Japanese player on the men’s tour does not have the pedigree of the No.1 Japanese player – Kei Nishikori, however Wawrinka will do well to stay on top of his game and not give an opening to the Japanese youngster.

This would be a great match for Wawrinka to make some course correction and get over any nerves that affected his performance in the first round. For Daniel, this would be a great match to get out of the shadow of his more illustrious and popular countryman.

Prediction: Stan started finding his range towards the end of the Rosol match and he should continue that form to take this match in straight sets.

4. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] vs Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)

Nishikori has had a good start to his fortnight in Paris, making simple work of a tricky opponent in Simone Bolelli. His reward is the hard hitting baseline player from Russia who has been finding some good form since the beginning of this year. Expect some powerful baseline rallies and some exquisite double backhanded shots from both these players.

In the end, the World No. 6 has just a little too much game and he will try to get through his match without much wear and tear so that he can have a lot left in the tank for the bigger battles ahead.

Prediction: This should be a well fought match with two players playing some good tennis this year, but in the end Nishikori should emerge victorious in a maximum of 4 sets.

Prakash Potukuchi [ Prakash is the founder of Sportz Cosmos. He tweets here.]

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