Robin Soderling loves the big occasion.
Last year against Rafael Nadal couldn't have been bigger and I think that really helped him against Roger Federer.
I really think his mindset was: 'I've beaten Rafael Nadal on clay so there's no reason why I can't beat Roger Federer on clay?'.
And it worked, he played really well.
The crowd were against Soderling, he hasn't got where he is today without enemies. But he is a tough man.
The heavy conditions in Paris were against his style of play but again he coped with them better and now he is through to the semi-finals again.
Apart from Rafa, Soderling and Tomas Berdych are the two form players of the tournament.
Berdych was sensational against Murray and he wasn't far from sensational against Mikhail Youzhny.
But Soderling is so big and so strong, and the conditions should be better for their semi-final on Friday; sun is forecast.
I'm really looking forward to that match-up but for me Soderling is just the favourite.
Francesca Schiavone's win over Caroline Wozniacki was the best performance I've seen from the Italian.
She reached the quarter-finals nine years ago but she was nowhere near as good then as she is now. The game has moved on due to the Williams sisters and Schiavone and her supporters must have wondered if this would ever happen.
Wozniacki did look a little tired and sluggish but Schiavone was outrageously good throughout the match.
If Schiavone plays in the semi-finals like she did against Wozniacki she has a better than 50/50 chance of reaching the final.
We know Elena Dementieva is not good in finals; however she is pretty good in semi-finals. Maybe the pressure of being the favourite will tell on her. It's very difficult to pick a winner on that one.
Looking ahead to the second set of quarter-finals, Sam Stosur has been a new player in the last five or six months.
She has re-invented herself and I do think she really believes she can win against Serena Williams.
I can definitely see her winning that clash but it's going to be a hell of a match and one I am really looking forward to.
Jelena Jankovic's clash against Yaroslava Shvedova should be straightforward and the Serb should go through in straight sets. Shvedova has a big game though and Jankovic would be ill-advised to underestimate it.
As far as the men go, Nicolas Almagro did very well to put out Fernando Verdasco but if Nadal is anywhere near the top of his game, he will win.
The first set will probably be close but after that Nadal should win easily.
Jurgen Melzer has over-achieved in Paris this year. But he will be nagging at Novak Djokovic all the time and if the Serb has a dip and it's long enough who knows what will happen.
Djokovic has had a dip in every match so far this year and if he does Melzer will grab him by the throat and will be very difficult to beat.
I can see Melzer winning a set maybe even two but Djokovic will have to have a dip for Melzer to win the clash. I have Djokovic to win that match.