French Open Day 4 – Zverev Makes Significant Step; Dimitrov & Nishikori Survive Scares; Who Is The Favourite For The Women’s Title?

It was an action-packed Wednesday at Roland Garros, with thrilling matches everywhere you looked.

On the Tennis Podcast, David and Catherine begin by assessing the comeback victories of Sascha Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori. In particular, was Zverev’s win today a significant step in his bid to end his Grand Slam curse? David thinks it might be. And Catherine explains how Zverev has been showing off his lighter side while speaking to the media.

Elsewhere, what caused Jared Donaldson to hit an underarm serve against Dimitrov? And what on earth is going on with Benoit Paire’s hair-beard combo?

Novak Djokovic’s victory is also discussed. The Serb is the only player in the bottom half of the men’s draw not to drop a set, but how well is he actually playing?

Meanwhile, David has predicted Simona Halep to win her first Grand Slam this fortnight. No wonder he was panicking when she lost the opening set against Alison Riske. Predictions disaster was averted, however, when Halep recovered to win in three. Is the World No.1 the favourite for the title? If she isn’t, who is? And why is no one talking about Madison Keys and Naomi Osaka?

Lastly, Serena Williams will return to the court on Thursday. But what did Patrick Mouratoglou’s think of her first-round performance? Catherine reveals all.

There will be daily editions of The Tennis Podcast throughout the French Open, in association with Telegraph Sport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport).

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