Novak Djokovic in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France
Novak Djokovic in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France | (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Tennis | Roland Garros 2020 | Three matches to see on Day 9

  • In his maiden Roland Garros fourth round, Grigor Dimitrov will play Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • The World No.1 Novak Djokovic will face Karen Khachanov for the first time on clay
  • In a fascinating contrast of styles, Ons Jabeur will meet Danielle Collins

PARIS, FRANCE – The fourth round concludes today and after yesterday’s thrillers, will today live up to expectations?


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Grigor Dimitrov [18] v Stefanos Tsitsipas [5] | No H2H

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Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov moved to the fourth round for the first time in his career at Roland Garros. He will meet fifth seed fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for the first time, who completed his transition from hard-courts to clay by reaching the Hamburg Open final. Off the backhand side, the expected crucial aspect for this match, the Bulgarian can show a larger array of shots.

Tsitsipas can increase his chances in a tense tussle but, in the unpredictable conditions seen in Paris, Dimitrov can raise his level at the key moments.

Prediction: Dimitrov to win in four sets.

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Novak Djokovic [1] v Karen Khachanov [15] | Djokovic leads 3-1

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face No. 15 seed Karen Khachanov for the fifth time, the first ever on clay. After the disqualification at the US Open last month, the Serbian won the Rome Masters and progressed comfortably thus far in Paris. Here, but at 2018 Paris Masters on indoor hard-courts, Khachanov notched up his biggest career title.

Khachanov counts on massive first serves and heavy topspin forehands, so he can become a stern opponent for many players. The World No.1 however is expected to read Khachanov’s predictable patterns on serve and redirect his groundstrokes. The Russian’s lapses in concentration could be a huge disadvantage.

Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets.


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Ons Jabeur [30] v Danielle Collins

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No.30 seed Ons Jabeur aims to reach her maiden Roland Garros quarter-final as she faces unseeded Danielle Collins. The highest-ranked Arabian player ever has made it to four quarter-finals this season, including the Australian Open.

The explosive Collins had never made it past the second round in her previous appearances in Paris. the American, one of the biggest hitters on tour, will be engaged in a fascinating contrast of styles against the tricky Tunisian.

Jabeur is expected to mix up her shots and indulge in frequent drop-shots to disrupt her opponent’s pace. She seems to have enough talent and willpower to move to the second Grand Slam quarter-final of the season.

Prediction: Jabeur in three sets.

Play continues on Day 9 of Roland Garros at 11am (10am BST).


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