We focus on the outright and handicap markets for the daily double at the French Open today.
The first part of this double is the match that sees Krygios and Gasquet play each other for the seventh time in their careers. Gasquet leads the head to head 4-2 and 2-0 on clay. It's worth noting that he's never lost a set to Kyrgios on clay.
Kyrgios has been in great from this season, especially on clay. He has a win/loss record of 27/8 for the season and when you compare that to last year's of 25/19, you can see that he has markedly improved since his controversies from last year. His good run on the clay this year has included victories against Wawrinka and Raonic. He has definitely improved his consistency against the lesser players but it will be interesting to see how he fares against a top player in a slam.
I've talked about Gasquet previously and he looks to be finiding his stride, having had two straight forward wins in rounds one and two. This match will be a step up but one I think he can win. He is the higher ranked and more experienced player. I also think he has the edge over Kyrgios on clay and I expect him to win a close match.
The second part of this double is from the women's draw when Pironkova and Stephens play each other for the fourth time in their careers. Stephens leads the head to head 3-0 and I don't see Pironkova challenging her this time either. Last year they met in the same round and Stephens was a comfortable winner, winning 6-4 6-1.
Stephens has only lost 5 matches all year and looks in good shape on clay, winning a title in Charleston. She had a couple of bad results after that but her first and second round easy victories should give her confidence.
Stephens is on another level to Pironkova and I don't see Pironkova making this match close. Only three weeks ago she lost in Rome qualifying 6-3 6-0 to Lepchenko who is nowhere near Stephens' ability.