Ranked 37th in the world, Tomas Martin Etcheverry will take on the 27th-seed Yoshihito Nishioka in the fourth round at Roland Garros on Monday. The winner of this match will face either Grigor Dimitrov or Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final. Following two final appearances in Santiago and the Bordeaux Challenger event last month, Etcheverry has carried his good form into Roland Garros. The Argentine beat 15th-seed Borna Coric in his last match, converting five of 17 breakpoints to overcome the Croatian in straight sets. His first match ended with his opponent Jack Draper retiring in the second set, and he went on to send 18th seed Alex de Minaur packing in round two. Etcheverry is yet to drop a set in this competition and is now 21-10 on clay, which is his favoured surface. Having already overcome two top 20 ranked players, Etcheverry will be quietly confident that he can claim another scalp in this one.
Nishioka hasn’t had the greatest of seasons to date, but he has turned up in a big way in Grand Slam events. Following a last-16 appearance at the Australian Open, the Japanese hadn’t gotten past the second round of any tournament since then, until now. He’s shown his resilience yet again here in France, needing to come from behind in each of his three matches so far. In the first round, he lost the first two sets to JJ Wolf and managed to claw his way back. He also lost the first set in his second and third-round matches against Max Purcell and Thiagi Seyboth, respectively. His previous best at Roland Garros was the second round, which he reached three times in the past. Can he overcome the in-form Argentine in this match?
Etcheverry looks at home on this surface and will be one that the tournament favourites will be keeping an eye on as a possible dark horse. He’s yet to drop a set here in France and has already gotten the better of two top 20 players up to this point. We fancy him to come out on top here. Our Tomas Martin Etcheverry v Yoshihito Nishioka prediction: Tomas Martin Etcheverry to win the match.