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Three to See, Day 4: Novak Djokovic vs. Alex Molcan; Belinda Bencic vs. Bianca Andreescu; Sebastian Korda vs. Richard Gasquet

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MATCH POINT: Sebastian Korda wins on Tuesday to play on Wednesday

Novak Djokovic vs. Alex Molcan

Djokovic will play his second-round match on Roland Garros' second-biggest venue, Court Suzanne Lenglen, against a player who you may or may not have heard of (yet). Molcan, a Slovakian, is 24 years and ranked No. 38. Does all of that make it sound like this will be just another routine first-week afternoon for the top seed and defending champion? Yes—and it might just be. Djokovic comfortably won his only match against this opponent, 6-4, 6-3, on clay in Belgrade last year. But there are a few points of interest about Molcan.

First, that match in Belgrade was a final. Second, Molcan has made two other finals this spring, in Morocco and Lyon, and he moved up nine spots in the rankings to reach a career high this week. Third, he’s coached by Djokovic’s longtime mentor Marian Vajda. Molcan will presumably have the best information anyone can have about how to play Djokovic. We’ll see what he can do with it. Winner: Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic and Marian Vajda go way back—but on Wednesday, they'll be aiming for different results.

Novak Djokovic and Marian Vajda go way back—but on Wednesday, they'll be aiming for different results.

Belinda Bencic vs. Bianca Andreescu

What do you put more stock in, current ranking and form, or head-to-head record? If it’s the former, you should favor Bencic in this Chatrier showdown. She’s ranked 14th right now, 58 spots ahead of Andreescu, and she recently won a 500-level event, on green clay, in Charleston. But it’s Andreescu who won their only previous meeting, in the US Open semifinals in 2019. Andreescu also owns a major title, which Bencic doesn’t, and at her best the Canadian has more weapons and firepower than the Swiss.

The key may be how far along Andreescu is in her latest comeback. Since returning to the tour at Indian Wells after six months away, she’s 7-4, and showed real progress when she made the quarterfinals in Rome. Andreescu can’t afford the same slow start that she had in her opener against Ysaline Bonaventure. But if she plays like she did down the stretch—she won the third set 6-0—she may be hard for Bencic to stay with. Winner: Andreescu

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Sebastian Korda vs. Richard Gasquet

It’s the twilight of the Musketeers. On Tuesday, 37-year-old Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played the final match of his career in Chatrier. Late on Wednesday, his fellow French Davis Cupper, the 36-year-old Gasquet, will take to Lenglen to face an opponent 15 years his junior. This probably won’t be Richard G’s swan song. He just reached the semifinals in Geneva, and hasn’t said anything about hanging up his sticks at Roland Garros. But he won’t be on this stage many more times.

Like Tsonga, Gasquet has lifted up, and let down, the fans in this arena dozens of times over the past decade and a half. Chances are he’ll do a little, or a lot, of both against Korda. Winner: Korda