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French Open Odds: Day 2 Preview and Picks

French Open Odds: Day 2 Preview and Picks

French Open Odds: Day 2 Preview and Picks
By Charles Bricker

No. 50 Santiago Giraldo (-203) vs. No. 52 Alejandro Falla (+182)

How often do you see a couple of Colombians square off in a Slam? Not these two, who have never played in an ATP main draw. While Falla has four more years of experience, Giraldo is having the better year. Nothing spectacular, but he does have a win over Kei Nishikori and his last four losses have all been vs. upper-level players. Falla is only 6-12 for the year, but went three sets on clay with Fernando Verdasco at Madrid.

Pick: Giraldo

No. 81 Filippo Volandri (+201) vs. No. 112 Tommy Haas (-225)

A couple of 30-somethings who both can still play on clay. Volandri made the final of an ATP 250 in February, but hasn't won two in a row since. However,  anyone playing Haas knows there's a significant chance in a best-of-five that Tommy, who might hold a record for tennis surgeries, could break down anytime. Tommy's win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Munich is significant, but his shelf life is about up. That blown two-set lead over Roger Federer at the 2009 French is long passed.

Pick: Haas.

No. 77 Xavier Malisse (+137) vs. No. 141 Brian Baker (-152)

Malisse, 31, is more or less winding down his career. He's been one of the under-appreciated athletes in tennis since his teenaged debut, but he's facing an inspired 27-year-old American who was essentially out of the game for seven years before coming back last July after three hip surgeries. Last week he took down No. 13 Gael Monfils on the way to the final at Nice, where he lost to Nicolas Almagro.

Pick: Baker

No. 38 Ekaterina Makarova (-256) vs. No. 70 Sloane Stephens (+228)

Stephens, 19, is at a career-best ranking after taking out No. 17 Maria Kirilenko (on a third-set injury retirement) and reaching the semis at Strasbourg last week. So she brings momentum into the French against one of the most unpredictable players in the women's game. Makarova is a fragile 14-7 and 21 matches this year isn't many. She hasn't been too stunning since reaching the quarters at the Aussie Open with wins over Vera Zvonareva and a not fully-fit Serena Williams.

Pick: Makarova

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