Roland Garros, R3 Prediction
?? (16) Elise Mertens to defeat ?? (24) Daria Gavrilova
I’m going to side with Mertens here.
Firstly, the head-to-head record is in favour of Mertens. Mertens has won their two most recent matches, both within the last year, including a victory at Roland Garros last year. Mertens has the game to frustrate Gavrilova because Mertens has deceptively great movement and more firepower than Gavrilova.
In general it is Mertens who has been playing the better tennis of late, Mertens is much more consistent and is more mentally stable. Gavrilova has shown a tendency to play from way behind the baseline, I suspect she will fall back there in this match-up. Mertens has the weapons to hurt Gavrilova and unlike the Aussie’s last two opponent Mertens will be clinical under pressure. Mertens has a much stronger serve and I also think she has a more damaging return of serve. Overall, Mertens is the better player. I suspect Mertens will once again be too strong here but Gavrilova will put up a good fight.