Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
This match should be a good one. Federer struggled a bit with David Goffin in the fourth round, but pulled through after dropping the first set. He has an even tougher test on his hands in Del Potro. The big Argentine has a monster serve, killer forehand that he can hit from inside the court and he can hit his backhand above his shoulder. He moves well for a big guy and can really play on any surface
Nick's Pick - Del Potro will go for big shots all the time, but Federer has a bit too much of everything and will jerk him all over the court. I look for Federer to come through in 4 or possibly 5 sets!
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jo-Willy Tsonga (FRA)
Djokovic was in real trouble against Seppi in the fourth round as he was down two sets, but he came back to beat the Italian in five keeping his Grand Slam winning streak alive! Now, he will have to take on the hometown favorite in Jo-Willy Tsonga. They love him in Paris because of his showmanship and the way he plays the game. He has big weapons and a powerful serve and when he is on, he can beat anybody.
Nick's Pick - If Djokovic plays the way he did against Seppi, he will not win this match. He has to be more aggressive and he doesn't want to get into cross-court rallies with Tsonga. I think he raises his game and advances in 4 sets.
David Ferrer (ESP) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)
I am already very excited about this match because these two guys should put on a show. Although, it's going to be tough to top what we saw on Tuesday from Federer and Djokovic! Both these guys move well, both are great returners and both can hit just about every shot in the book. Ferrer is probably more comfortable on the clay, but Murray has a bit more variety. To me, this match boils down to Murray's health, if he is healthy and not feeling any back pain, I like his chances, but any setbacks will results in a Ferrer victory.
Nick's Pick - I have to give the slightest edge to Murray here, but don't be surprised at all if Ferrer wins this match. He likes the clay and Murray's back has been giving him fits. This should be a good one!
Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Almagro has yet to drop a set in his four matches and he is making his third appearance in the quarters of the French Open. If he was to win here, it would definitely classify as the biggest of his career as he's never been to the semis of a Grand Slam (not to mention beating Nadal on clay!). Both guys can go all day out there and both have powerful groundstrokes from each side. Almagro will need to force the issue a bit in this match as he cannot just get into long rallies with Nadal and expect to win. He needs to keep him off-balance and pinned behind the baseline. That's much easier to say than to do against Nadal!
Nick's Pick - Almagro is an excellent player, but how can I pick against Nadal at Roland Garros?? That's just about impossible. Certainly think Nadal will win in three or four sets.
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Sam Stosur (AUS)
Wow! Cibulkova pulled off a big upset over Azarenka in the fourth round and she is back in the quarterfinals for the second time in her career. She is a little spitfire on the court and her movement on the clay is fantastic. She generates a ton of power from her small frame and she is really fun to watch. There hasn't been much talk about Stosur and I have to think that besides Sharapova, she has the next best odds at winning the tournament. She's got big groundies, her kick serve is off-the-wall and she is a great doubles player (comfy at the net).
Nick's Pick - Both players hit with spin from the forehand side and can really pound it. Stosur gets the edge on the serve and when you combine that with her experience, you have to like her chances. I am going with Stosur in 3 sets.
Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)
This is the first time either of these ladies have been to the quarters of Roland Garros and for both of them it's only the second time they have ever been to the quarters of any Grand Slam! Both are playing extremely well and both are threats to beat anyone. Errani moves well and gets everything back where as Kerber has the big slap-forehand and is very dangerous from anywhere on the court. She really goes for it!
Nick's Pick - Kerber needs to keep the unforced errors down, because if she is spraying shots against Errani then she could be sent home. She definitely has the bigger weapons and if she is on, she should advance. This could really go either way, but I give a slight edge to Kerber.
Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
What an amazing run it's been for Shvedova. She came through qualies and took out the defending champion, Li Na, in the fourth round to reach the quarters here for the second time in her career. She came into the tournament ranked in the #140's and has shown the entire tennis world that she has the goods to compete with the top players on the clay. She now takes on the defending Wimbledon champion in Petra Kvitova who just Lepchenko's great run in the fourth round. When Kvitova is on, she is nearly impossible to beat. With that lefty stroke, she can really pound the ball from both sides and she is super aggressive. Shvedova is going to have to play her best match to beat Kvitova.
Nick's Pick - This is the first meeting between these two and because of Kvitova's experience from last summer and the way she is playing now I have to give her the advantage.
Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
It seems like every round, the draw opens up even wider for Sharapova, but she almost was knocked out in the fourth round by Zakopalova. She's got another very tough opponent in Kanepi. The 23-rd seeded Estonian really can hit the ball from both wings. Her movement is solid and she has a good serve. She will play aggressively and will try to force Sharapova back. If Maria serves well, she gets the edge, but if not, this could be trouble for her.
Nick's Pick - Have to go with Sharapova, but this could go three sets if Kanepi is able to control some of the play.