We should know the quarter-final line-up in both the French Open men’s and women’s singles draw by close of play at Rolan Garros on Monday.
Court Philippe-Chatrier has one of three clashes between top seeds with Dominic Thiem (4) tackling Gael Monfils (14).
Big things are expected of the Austrian moving forward in the tennis world, and he’s odds-on to beat Monfils at his home Grand Slam.
The winner of their match plays either Juan Martin del Potro or improving Russian player Karen Khachanov in the last eight.
While Monfils hasn’t dropped a set at Roland Garros yet, the head-to-head with Thiem doesn’t make good reading. He has lost all four previous encounters with the Austrian and withdrawn from fixtures on three further occasions.
That 100 per cent record for Thiem includes a straight sets victory on a clay court surface out in Argentina last year.
Four sets Thiem win looks best value
Unlike Monfils though, Thiem has been far from flawless coming through the early rounds of the French Open – dropping a set in each of his three matches so far.
It could pay to bet on that trend continuing with a standout 3/1 available with Boylesports for Thiem to win in four sets.
The Roland Garros crowd will be behind Paris-born Monfils, and he has taken a set off Thiem in two previous meetings.
This is a major step up in the calibre of opposition that the home favourite has faced at the French Open.
At 32, this stage of a Slam is as far as Monfils has got since a run to the US Open semis back in 2016.
Thiem, meanwhile, has made at least the final four at Roland Garros in each of the last three years – going down to the king of clay himself, Rafael Nadal in the 2018 final.
Bet of the Day: 3/1 with Boylesports, Dominic Thiem to beat Gael Monfils in four sets (3-1).