2012 French Open men’s singles quarter finals preview and tips

The action is hotting up at Roland Garros and we now know the eight men who will compete in this year’s French Open quarter finals, with the top four seeds making it through to the business end of the tournament

However, Novak Djokovic had to dig deep to win his fourth round match against Andreas Seppi after the Italian had raced into a 2-0 lead before the world number one was able to mount a spirited comeback which saw him win in five sets.

Djokovic has drifted out to 4/1 (Boylesports free bets) after that shaky performance although he should at least book his place in the semi-final due to the fact that he is up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who will have to produce something special to beat the Serbian.

That is reflected in the match odds which has the Djoker at a best price 1/5 compared to the 21/5 about the Frenchman who prefers hard and grass courts to the clay surface at Roland Garros, with Tsonga also needing five sets in the fourth rounds as he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in a decider.

Meanwhile, the other quarter final in the top half of the draw pits Roger Federer against Juan Martin Del Potro for what should be an intriguing encounter. Delpo has had his fair share of injury problems although remains a threat to any of the top four players when he’s on his game and got past Tomas Berdych in four sets to reach the last eight.

The bookies certainly give the Argentine an outside chance with their 13/5 quote (Sportingbet) and Federer proved he was fallible when losing the opening set against David Goffin in the last round, while he was also taken to four sets by Mahut in the third round. Even so, he’s a 2/5 chance to set up a likely semi against Djokovic.

David Ferrer wasted little time beating Marcel Granollers in the last round and will feel confident of taking down Andy Murray when the pair meet for the chance to set up a probable semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Indeed, the Spaniard is favourite to win the match at 4/6 and Murray will have to raise his game a notch to stand a chance of making progress, although he has twice recovered from an opening set battering in this tournament to win matches and certainly has the right mentality.

Finally is the six-time winner of the French Open and Rafael Nadal looks sensational at Roland Garros, having dropped just two games to thrash Juan Monaco in the fourth round, while the Spaniard has dropped just 19 games in his 4 matches so far.

There seems little doubt that the world number two will beat Nicolas Almagro in his quarter final match and odds of 1/2 are now gone about him claiming French Open victory number seven.

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