The 2013 French Open is quickly approaching its quarterfinal stage. After tomorrow, the final eight competitors on both the men's and women's side will be determined. Right now we'll preview the four men's Round of 16 matches that will be played tomorrow, and later we'll look at the women's match-ups.
Round of 16
1. Tommy Haas vs. Mikhail Youzhny
In a battle of one handed backhands, this will come down to how well Haas recovered from his marathon match against John Isner on Saturday. He's the better player and has been playing much better than Youzhny, but if he's still suffering from the effects of that match then Youzhny can make him pay for it. Still, I'm taking Haas in 4.
2. Novak Djokovic vs. Phillip Kohlschreiber
Kohlschreiber is a tough competitor who has a knack for finding ways to win matches. He's had a shockingly easy road to the fourth round, with a walkover and Victor Hanescu as his third round opponent. Still, his luck's run out, as he's playing Djokovic now. I expect this to be extremely one sided, with Djokovic sweeping the German away.
3. Rafael Nadal vs. Kei Nishikori
Nadal has looked shaky the past few matches, but he's still Nadal and this is still the French Open. Nishikori for his part has had a great tournament, and his win against talented Frenchmain Benoit Paire on Saturday was excellent. He just doesn't have the weapons to hurt Nadal, and as we go deeper in the tournament I expect Nadal to solve his problems, taking this match in straight sets.
4. Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Richard Gasquet
In another battle of one-handers, Wawrinka and Gasquet will play for the right to almost certainly face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. Wawrinka has a bigger game, but that one that can go awry more easily. Gasquet's game is much more aesthetically pleasing that Wawrinka's, but he is most effective when he's taking balls earlier and moving his opponent around the court. This one will be fun to watch, and I see Wawrinka winning in five tight sets.