Tommy Robredo vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
Oh dear. This is a massively tough match to call. I wrote in a previous post that I would put a considerable amount of money on whoever Kohlschreiber was playing due to his erratic tendencies.
Having now seen he is playing Tommy Robredo I am certainly not so confident.
This is a match the German should win in my opinion and that is precisely the reason why I am going to pick Robredo to advance to the next round.
Kohlschreiber had nothing to lose against against Djokovic and was able to play without a hint of pressure. This match will be a different kettle of fish and he will have a degree of expectation on his shoulders which could effect his play.
This match has five set thriller written all over it and I reckon Kohlschreiber will bottle it.
Robredo win 3-2
Tommy Haas vs Roger Federer
Federer should stroll this match against the aging Haas. I think the first set will be competitive however after that Federer will dominate.
Federer win 3-0
Juan Martin Del Potro vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga
On any other surface I would have no doubt in my mind that Tsonga would have a great chance of winning.
However clay courts do not suit his gung ho type of play as we have seen from his mediocre results as of late.
Personally I am not a fan of Del Potro but he has chalked up a few good results on the surface.
Like Tsonga he is not the greatest on clay either but his comfortable win against a ‘proper dirtballer’ in Andreev the previous round makes me side with the lanky Argentine.
Del Potro win 3-1
Gael Monfils vs Andy Roddick
Monfils should get the better of Roddick on this surface however the Frenchman always seems to make life difficult for himself.
Roddick is a fighter and now he has come this far into the draw I am sure he will have been working on a plan to disappoint the French crowd by knocking their favourite player out.
Roddick will need to serve well to keep Monfils at bay.
And if Monfils fails to get into the Roddick service games he may lose confidence and go on the defensive which would allow Roddick to start dictating points.
If this happens we could be in for a long match however Monfils will eventually scrape the win by grinding down the American.
Plus Monfils has points to defend here which is an added incentive for him.
Monfils win 3-2