The third round of the French Open rolls on at Roland Garros and top names like Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Sofia Kenin are back in action. The action gets underway at 6:15 a.m. ET and will run into the afternoon. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Novak Djokovic ($11,400)
It really is ridiculous how little competition the top few seeds face at the Grand Slams with so many players making the main draws, with the 2016 French Open champ dropping just 10 games in his first two matches. Daniel Galan ($4,000) won’t pose too much of an issue, and at the pace, Djokovic is going, he’s a lock to score over 80 DKFP. So while it’s an expensive price, it’s probably worth paying considering how unstable the rest of the high-priced options look
Stefanos Tsitsipas ($10,600)
This is where I’m drawing a line with the high-priced options. Grigor Dimitrov ($9.900), Garbine Muguruza ($9,700), Petra Kvitova ($9,500), Sofia Kenin ($9,100) and Jelena Ostapenko ($9,000) will almost all drop sets and I could see a decent amount of those names getting upset on Saturday. For me, if I’m paying up again or just want to save a little money and pivot away from Novak, Tsitsipas is the guy. He’s the only player I am really comfortable saying will win in straights in this salary range, going up against a player in Aljaz Bedene ($4,400) who really thrives more on hardcourts. He actually took down Tsitsipas earlier this year in Rotterdam, but that was an indoor hardcourt tournament. On the clay, his deceivingly big serve isn’t as big of a weapon, which is really all he has. His baseline skills are slightly above average at best and he should be no match for someone in as good of form as Tsitsipas.
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Fiona Ferro ($8,700)
Ferro is the hottest player no one is talking about, on a run of 17 consecutive victories dating back to a couple of exhibition tournaments during the shutdown. She came out of those and tore through some good competition on the clay in Palermo, capturing the title there with a win over Anett Kontaveit. The 23-year-old has continued to look masterful at Roland Garros, beating the always-difficult Elena Rybakina in three sets behind what was a rather raucous home crowd considering its size. The French fans will be behind Ferro in full force against Patricia Maria Tig ($6,000), who is a very solid clay player but is beginning to run out of gas with so many matches played dating back to last week. The cracks are beginning to show and I think Ferro takes advantage and wins in two.
Thiago Monteiro ($6,100)
Monteiro, a big, strong and tall lefty is absolutely built perfectly for the damp, heavy and cold clay we’re seeing at Roland Garros. He’s going up against Marton Fucsovics ($8,800), a solid clay player in his own right, but one that is probably overpriced because of his ranking and his upset win over Daniil Medvedev. Monteiro should, at the very minimum, win two sets here. I think you’re looking at a floor of 44 DKFP, which to me is a great find in this price range.
Others to consider: Cristian Garin ($7,900), Petra Martic ($8,400)
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