The bottom half of the men’s draw at the French Open takes centre stage on Tuesday, with Daniil Medvedev and last year’s beaten finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas (4/1 Tournament Outright) the star turns.
Monday saw wins for the British pair of Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, who will now face Jason Kubler and Mikael Ymer, respectively, while Rafael Nadal (4/1 Tournament Outright) and Novak Djokovic (2/1) also appeared to be in ominous form, each recording 3-0 victories.
Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, 2020 champion Iga Swiatek (4/6 Tournament Outright) made it 29 wins in a row with a 6-2 6-0 success over Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.
Britain’s Emma Radacanu also won on her first appearance as a senior at Roland Garros, but defending champion Barbora Krejcikova and Naomi Osaka are out.
Onto Tuesday, and of the early matches, Medvedev’s stands out. The reigning US Open champion has played only once clay so far this year, losing 2-6 6-7 to Richard Gasquet last week in Geneva and has admitted he struggles on the red dirt.
That might be why, despite being the second seed, he is 66/1 in the outright market, but he will expect to have too much for Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis.
In the women’s draw, 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko begins her quest for a second title and is 2/5 to come through against 15/8 Italian Lucia Bronzetti. The Latvian hasn’t made it past the third round since becoming the first unseeded woman to win the French and will need to shrug off her opening round exits in both Madrid and Rome if she is to progress.
Another former champion, Simona Halep (16/1 Outright), is set to be on court at 15:00 against Lucky Loser Natasja Schunk, while seventh seed Arnya Sabalenka also begins her campaign against home hope Chloe Paquet.
Back to the men’s and Tsitsipas is 1/16 to overcome Lorenzo Musetti at 19:45. The Greek has won both of the pair’s previous meetings and looks in good touch having reached the final at the Rome Masters.