French Open betting tips: Nadal set to rule once again
French Open betting tips, odds and preview
A busy fortnight of tennis ends on Sunday with the men’s singles final at Roland Garros and we have studied the odds for our last set of French Open betting tips.
Four years ago Casper Ruud was honing his skills as a teenage rookie at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Majorca.
Now the 23-year-old Norwegian will face his mentor, the 21-time grand slam champion, in the French Open final, which begins at 2pm and is live on Eurosport.
Nadal still the king on clay
Nadal has an unblemished record in Roland Garros finals, having won all 13 that he has reached, so it is little wonder that he is just 2/11 in the French Open odds to extend that run.
Mariano Puerta, Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem have all tried, and failed, to knock the king of clay off his throne.
Nadal is in the twilight of his career but avoided what looked set to be a gruelling semi-final on his 36th birthday after opponent Alexander Zverev suffered an horrific injury.
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Nadal and the world number three had been battling for more than three hours when, at the end of the second set, the German slipped to the ground with his ankle twisting underneath him.
The tearful 25-year-old was taken off court in a wheelchair, and Nadal sat with him while he underwent checks before he re-emerged five minutes later on crutches to confirm he could not continue.
Nadal had won the first set on a tie-break and had just levelled at 6-6 in the second.
No more Mr Nice Guy
Ruud has never faced Nadal in a competitive match, but the pair have played plenty of times on the practice court.
Eighth seed Ruud admitted: “We have played some practice sets, and he has always pretty much beaten me.
“There’s been some close sets, 7-6, 7-5, but it always goes his favour. But it’s because we are playing in the academy and I want to be nice to him.”
Ruud enjoyed a 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory in his semi-final against Marin Cilic and is the first Norwegian man to reach a grand slam final.
He said: “It was a great match from my side. I didn’t start the greatest but Marin also played well in the first set.
“I was too defensive. I broke him in the second set and after that break I started to play some of my best tennis this year, serving well and playing aggressive.”
Ruud could be forgiven for taking time to settle but has the potential to cause Nadal a few problems so Ruud to win at least one set at 7/10 is one of our French Open betting tips, while Ruud is 23/10 to win the second set.
Given his dominance at this venue though, Nadal looks worthy of support and victory in four sets at 13/5 concludes our French Open betting tips.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication