Match: Kevin Anderson – Stephane Robert Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Tuesday, 24 May, 2016
Start time: 14:00 UK
The match between Kevin Anderson and Stephane Robert on Tuesday is from 1st round on Roland Garros – the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments.
Kevin Anderson, 20th in ATP Rankings, an early this season marked was injured and didn’t play 2 and a half months between February and May. On clay, the South African player was eliminated in the 1st round of Madrid, in the 2nd round of Rome and Nice quarterfinals.
Stéphane Robert, 90th in world, played 5 tournaments on clay before going to Roland Garros. A qualifier Robert stumbled in the 1st round of Monte Carlo and the 2nd round of the Masters 1000 Rome, beaten by Djokovic. In tournaments of lesser importance, he lost on 2nd round in Turin and Estoril and in his opening match in Aix en Provence agaist Tristan Lamasine 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6.
The two players played each other 4 times. Anderson leads in direct confrontations with 3 wins and 1 loss. Among the 3 successful South African, two have been at Roland Garros in 2009 and 2014.
Despite his injuries sustained earlier in the season, I believe that the South African giant has the weapons to win in this first round. In 2014, Anderson beat Robert at the French Open, 7-5 6-3 6-4. However, the poor performance of the South African season suggest to us that Robert can win a set.