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Andy Roddick (USA) vs. Marc Gicquel (FRA)
For the first time since 2001 Roddick has advanced past the second round of the French Open. His second round opponent back then was Michael Chang, a bit different then beating Ivo Minar this year. A win here would put in the fourth round for the first time in his career.
Gicquel comes into the French Open ranked #46 in the world and he has been to the quarterfinals of two clay-court tournaments already this year. He has beaten a pair of Germans so far, upsetting #27 Rainer Schuettler and taking down Andreas Beck.
Roddick is 2-0 against Marc Gicquel, but the two have never met on clay. Gicquel is a big guy, moves well, and is strong. He knows how to win on clay having grown up on the surface and has the ability to make to win this match. Roddick appears to be confident on the surface for the first time in his career. He is serving well and his groundstrokes are as solid as they have ever been. Roddick has to believe in his mind that he can win this match, because he has the talent to do so. I think this is going to be a tight four-setter with Roddick coming out on top.
Nick's Pick - Roddick in 4 sets
Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Federer had a tough match against Argentine Jose Acasuso, as he was down 5-1 in the third set after splitting the first two sets. He showed his resilience though and was able to come back and win the third set in the tiebreaker. Sometimes a test in the opening rounds isn't a bad thing because it gets you a little more focused on the challenge at hand.
Mathieu has yet to drop a set in his two matches thus far. He has been to the fourth round at the French Open two times prior and if he wins here it would certainly be the biggest win he has had in 2009. Mathieu spent three years at the Academy as a teenager and is a great guy!
Federer is 3-0 against Mathieu with one of those wins coming on clay in Rome back in 2003. Mathieu has had a good career, but because of injuries he has never fulfilled his true potential. He has a great forehand, a big serve, a steady backhand and his movement is above average. However, I don't see Federer being on the defensive too much throughout this match. Mathieu cannot hurt him with his backhand and needs to attack any defensive ball and go for everything from the forehand side. I give the edge to Federer because he just has a little too much of everything for Mathieu and because of how focused he is.
Nick's Pick - Federer in 3 sets
Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Nadal is now riding a 30-match winning streak at Roland Garros and is in search of his fifth consecutive title. What's amazing is that he hasn't even dropped a set here since the finals in 2007!!
Hewitt upset Ivo Karlovic in the opening round in five sets and then beat Andrey Golubev in straight sets in the second. Hewitt has been to the quarters twice at Roland Garros and if he could win this match it would certainly be the biggest he has had in a long time!
Hewitt and Nadal have split the eight matches they have played against each other. Nadal is 3-0 against him on clay and beat him in the fourth round here twice before. This match will pit the brute strength and physicality of Nadal against the heart and fighting spirit of Hewitt. Only one can prevail and that is going to be Nadal. Hewitt's age and health have really slowed him down and despite his determination it is going to take a lot more to beat Nadal right now. This will be a fun match to watch though!
Nick's Pick - Nadal in 3 sets
Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Murray needed four sets to put away Italian Potito Starace, but in the end he demonstrated why he is the #3 player in the world. A win here would put him in the fourth round of the French Open for the first time in his career.
Tipsy is extremely fun to watch because of his dynamic play and flair for the dramatic. He upset Feliciano Lopez in the second round in four sets, and is back in the third round for the second time in his career. With a win, not only would be a big upset, it would put him in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the third time.
Murray and Tipsarevic are 2-2 against each other and this will be the first time they meet on clay. Without a doubt, Tipsarevic has the ability to win this match. He is going to have to remained focused and keep his composure because Murray is the ultimate frustrator. There may be no one better in tennis right now who goes from defense to offense so smoothly and so easily. Murray can do anything and everything on the court and because of this I don't see him losing this match.
Nick's Pick - Murray in 4 sets