Author: Rodolphe Cazejust
Nice French-French duel in perspective! A duel also of generations since the two tricolours are a little more than 11 years apart. Experience or recklessness, who will win? On the form of the moment, small advantage to Clara Burel, who has accumulated more victories and confidence since the beginning of the year.
First confrontation on the professional circuit between Marin Cilic and Alexei Popyrin. At the start, it was another Australian who was expected in the last four of this low part of the table, in this case John Millman, seeded N°2. But Millman failed in the quarter-finals against his compatriot Matthew Ebden, who was dominated by another Australian, Popyrin.
In Montpellier, we start at the end. Not with the final, but with the last week of February. A novelty, since the Open Sud de France usually takes place in the first days of this month. The fault of a modified calendar, pandemic obliges. What does not change, on the other hand, is that the Hérault event starts well in the wake of the Australian Open.
It could be a final. In fact, the two women have already crossed swords three times at this stage of the competition. First, at the 2014 Masters, for a clear and unblemished success by Serena Williams (6-3, 6-0). Then, the following year in Cincinnati, for a second success by the American (6-3, 7-6).
The two Americans have the same age (23) but Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka are also close on the bookmaker markets (1.75 against 2.10) and also very close in the rankings: 31st and 32nd. They are also friends in life - the older of the two was the best man at the wedding of the younger - and have already played seven times.
It has become a habit, the Australian likes to take the head of the world's number one. All the reasons are good and the scratching hair of the ATP circuit never goes idle. Exaggerated for some, deserved for others, or simply funny. Deciphering in the company of our consultant, Julien Varlet. « Djokovic is a tool". One of Nick Kyrgios' last tweets did not go unnoticed.[......]Read More