French Open 2021 Day 8: Men’s Schedule and Predictions For Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, and Others

Published 06/05/2021, 7:05 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas shake hands after their semi final match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

The French Open 2021 has reached its second week and fans have already witnessed some top-quality tennis at the tournament. However, this is just the beginning as the pre-quarters will be kicking off from tomorrow. Interestingly, fans will witness the next-gen superstars like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev fighting for their place in the quarters tomorrow.


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There will be four men’s matches that will be taking place on day 9 of the French Open 2021. All the eyes will be on World No.2 Daniil Medvedev as he’ll be making his debut in the pre-quarters of the Grand Slam.

Daniil Medvedev v Cristian Garin


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After getting eliminated from the first round of the French Open in the last three years, Medvedev has really improved his gameplay on clay. The World No.2 player has lost just a single set at the tournament so far and looks in some incredible form at the moment. Garin has also performed well at Roland Garros this year. He made a spectacular comeback against Mackenzie McDonald in the second round after losing the first two sets.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021. Russia’s Danil Medvedev in action during his first-round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Their head-to-head battle stands at 1-1 at the moment. On clay, it is Garin who leads the battle 1-0 as he recently defeated Medvedev at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. However, it is Medvedev who will surely begin as the favorite before the match this time.

Prediction: Daniil Medvedev to win in four sets

Alexander Zverev v Kei Nishikori

The Zverev v Nishikori battle will probably be the most exciting match to watch tomorrow. Both the players haven’t been up to the mark at this tournament so far and while Nishikori has faced two five-setters, Zverev survived a really close battle in his first-round match against Oscar Otte.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021. Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his third-round match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Head-to-head, Zverev has defeated Nishikori on four occasions and has lost to him one time. The German is ahead (2-1) of Nishikori on clay as well. Interestingly, this will be the first time when the two players will be crossing each other’s path in a Grand Slam.

Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in straight sets

Stefanos Tsitsipas v Pablo Carreno Busta

World No.5 Tsitsipas played a really tough match against John Isner in the third round of the French Open 2021. After losing the first set, the Greek player won a close tie-breaker in the third set, and thus, made an incredible comeback to beat the American. On the other hand, Busta hasn’t faced many difficulties at the Grand Slam so far. He has lost just a single set and can prove to be a big challenge for Tsitsipas.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 15, 2021. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

As of now, Tsitsipas is 2-0 ahead of Busta in the head-to-head battle. He also has a clay-court win over the Spaniard as he thrashed him in straight sets at the Barcelona Open 2018.

Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas to win in five sets

Fans are quite exhilarated about tomorrow as they’ll get their first four quarter-finalists. It’ll be intriguing to see if they’ll see yet another Zverev v Tsitsipas encounter in the quarters of Roland Garros 2021.


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