Alexander Zverev in the final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018
Alexander Zverev in the final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 | (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis | Roland Garros 2020 | Three matches to see on Day 8

  • In an intriguing fourth-round clash Caroline Garcia will face No.3 seed Elina Svitolina
  • Iga Swiatek will face the top seed Simona Halep for the second year in a row at this stage at Roland Garros
  • Alexander Zverev will play Italian teenager Jannik Sinner for the first time ever
PARIS, FRANCE – Fourth-round matches will start on Day 8 and today’s schedule throws up three great must-see matches at Roland Garros.


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Elina Svitolina [3] v Caroline Garcia | H2H: Garcia 3-1

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The No.3 seed Elina Svitolina aims to match her best result at Roland Garros, the quarter-finals reached in 2015 and 2017. That same year, Caroline Garcia moved into the last eight celebrating her performance at Grand Slam level.

She leads 3-1 in the head-to-head series to the Ukrainian although they haven’t met since the 2018 Stuttgart Open. Svitolina, able to win only their first meeting at 2015 Cincinnati, usually has struggled to cope with the Frenchwoman’s aggressive game. Her groundstrokes looked particularly effective on clay thanks to slow conditions and heavy balls.

Garcia worked intensely during the lockdown to improve her fitness levels and she looked effectively more eager to engage intense battles in the previous rounds.

Svitolina represents the biggest task thus far in her campaign. The No.3 seed will need to recover her usual consistency on serve to seal the win.

Prediction: Svitolina in three sets.

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Alexander Zverev [6] v Jannik Sinner | No H2H

Sixth seed Alexander Zverev faces the fast-rising Italian Next-Gen start Jannik Sinner in their first ever meeting. The German, who showed his appreciation for the Italian game, raised his level match after match. His forehands and his first serve became increasingly effective, and his overall game improved.

The Italian likes to go hard at his opponents. He can hit massive backhands as he times the ball incredibly well off both wings. His conditioning can become a problem if the match should go to the distance.

Prediction: Zverev in five sets

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Simona Halep [1] v Iga Swiatek

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Simona Halep will face Iga Swiatek for the second consecutive year at Roland Garros. The top seed aims to extend her 17-match winning streak dating back to the Australian Open last January.

Last year, a stressed and unexperienced Swiatek won a single game. But this time, things can be different. The Romanian, whose tactical brilliance is not a secret, can be considered one of the best movers on tour. She can counterpunch, defend and attack, changing the pace and controlling the rallies. Particularly dominant in Paris, she lost 12 games in the opening three matches.

Swiatek possesses a complete, solid game. She’s not afraid to come to the net. She’s been in great form, but she will need to increase her first-serve percentage as Halep can constantly attack her weak second deliveries. The Polish teenager can give Halep a good match but she seems unlikely to win.

Prediction: Halep in three sets.

Play continues on Day 8 of Roland Garros at 11am (10am BST).


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