Men’s French Open Tennis Betting 2020 Odds, Preview and Predictions

Will Nadal win on his return to Grand Slam action?

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French Open Tennis Betting 2020 Preivew: The first round of the French Open starts on Sunday. The tournament was moved back from its usual May slot this year into this unfamiliar position in the calendar year.

It comes hot on the heels of the US Open which was passed over by Rafael Nadal, but the Spaniard is back in action at Roland Garros and the 12-time French Open is the current outright favourite.

So the Grand Slam field has gotten a little stronger with the return of Nadal to action.

This time the big absentee (as he was in the USA as well) is Roger Federer. Here we take a preview of the French Open 2020 Tennis betting landscape.

Nadal is the reigning French Open Champion.

French Open Tennis Betting 2020 Odds

Rafael Nadal 11/10
Novak Djokovic 21/10
Dominic Thiem 4/1
Stefanos Tsitsipas 25/1
Alexander Zverev 40/1
Daniil Medvedev 40/1
Stan Wawrinka 66/1
Diego Schwartzman 66/1
Andrey Rublev 66/1
Felix Auger Aliassime 125/1
Denis Shapovalov 100/1
bar 125/1
* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020)

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Reigning champion and outright favourite

Rafael Nadal will, one again, be well supported for a campaign at Roland Garros at the French Open. The Spaniard is the current 11/10 outright favourite to lift the title once more* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020).

He is the three-time defending champion after collecting last year’s title. Nadal collected a win in the final over Dominic Thiem for the second year running as he expanded his astonishing record to twelve French Open singles titles.

Nadal took a pass on travelling to the United States for the US Open, meaning that the only competitive action that he has had since February was a couple of matches at the recent Italian Open.

In the Rome ATP Masters 1000 event, he was dumped out in the quarter finals by Denis Schwartzman who came up with the performance of a lifetime to be Nadal. But that’s hardly enough to deter punters from Nadal.

Nadal is the king when it comes to Roland Garros and over five-set matches on the dirt, it’s going to be really hard to stop him still.

Novak Djokovic


Novak Djokovic still seeking his second French Open crown

The US Open challenge for Novak Djokovic, for which he was a clear front runner, didn’t end up going that well.

He was ejected from the tournament for swiping a ball that hit a line-judge during his fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta.

So he is on the path to a Grand Slam redemption following the shock outcome at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic took a big step forward towards that as he warmed up for the French Open by claiming the title on clay in Rome recently.

That was in the ATP Masters 1000 event when he beat Diego Schwartzman in the final. Djokovic dropped only the one set in his Rome campaign.

Djokovic will be playing for just his second French Open title, not having been to the final since his 2016 title win.

The Serbian is the 21/10 second favourite to win the 2020 French Open* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020).

He is also playing for another target, he is playing to become just the first player in the Open Era to win each of the Grand Slams at least twice.

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Can Dominic Thiem do the double?

Austria’s Dominic Thiem got his big Grand Slam title breakthrough recently at the US Open. He battled his way past Alexander Zverev in an epic five-set final to get the first Slam title under his belt.

That was the first time in six years that there had been a first-time winner of a Grand Slam.

But things haven’t worked out too well for him in the draw. There could be some tricky action ahead for him early on.

Thiem opens against Marin Cilic and then in the fourth round he could meet either Stan Wawrinka or Andy Murray in the second round, and all three of those are former Grand Slam winners.

In the semi finals there could be the biggest threat of all, reigning champion Rafael Nadal, which would of course leave a potential match against Djokovic in the fina.

But then again having made the final in the last two seasons and with the pressure of a first Grand Slam title success out of the way, he is a threat and Thiem is up there at 11/4* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020).

Tsitsipas coming good on the clay?

There is such a big gap between the top three in the field and the rest. The jump just to get to Stefanos Tstitsipas from the odds of Thiem is pretty huge.

Tsitsipas has struggled to really make a lot of Grand Slam impact since his big semi final breakthrough at the 2019 Australian Open.

He has not been past the fourth round in any of his five Slam events since.

He was a third-round loser at the recent US Open so it’s hard to entrust a lot of faith for tennis betting that he would come through the field. But he is a good clay court player.

The Greek star collected a fourth place finish at the French Open last season.

Tsitsipas is the11/4 favourite to win the 2nd Quarter but the road would get a lot tricker from there most likely with Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem a likely semi final opponent, before potentially meeting Novak Djokovic in the final itself* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020).

Still, with a very good week at the Hamburg Open in prepartions for the French Open, he could pick one to watch.

Can Medvedev of Zverev chase down elusive Slam title?

Daniil Medvedev put in another good run at the US Open, having reached the semi finals of the Slam, where he was stopped in straight sets by Thiem.

The Russian was flying through the tournament before that, but Medvedev has never made it past the opening round of the French Open. This will be his fourth attempt.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev lost out in that epic US Open final against Thiem recently.

He had been in a commanding situation in that match, having won the first two sets. He couldn’t close out the deal however.

But there was only one match at Flushing Meadows in which Zverev didn’t drop a set. Zverev has been a quarterfinal loser in his last two French Open efforts.

French Open – 1st Quarter Winner Odds

Novak Djokovic 2/5
Matteo Berrettini 9/1
Roberto Bautista Agut 14/1
Karen Khachanov 14/1
Pablo Carreno Busta 14/1
Cristian Garin 22/1
Jan-Lennard Struff 22/1
Hubert Hurkacz 28/1
33/1 bar
* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020)

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The clear front runner here is Novak Djokovic and it would take a pretty bold punt to go against him taking the first quarter. There just isn’t the level of threat there in the section to think otherwise.

French Open odds – 2nd Quarter Winner

Stefanos Tsitsipas 11/4
Andrey Rublev 6/1
Daniil Medvedev 15/4
Denis Shapovalov 15/2
Grigor Dimitrov 11/2
Filip Krajinovic 12/1
22/1 bar
* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020)

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The second quarter looks to be a little more competitive and wide open however. It is Tsitsipas leading the way at the head of the market but that’s not a cut and dry option. He may well be worth taking a pass on under Slam pressure.

We are going to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov for a 15/2 pick in this one* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020) in French Open tennis betting. He reached the semi finals of Rome recently on clay and the youngster could surprise.

French Open Betting Odds – 3rd Quarter Winner

Dominic Thiem 20/21
Diego Schwartzman 8/1
Stan Wawrinka 10/1
Borna Coric 11/1
Gael Monfils 12/1
Felix Auger Aliassime 12/1
Andy Murray 16/1
Casper Ruud 18/1
Marin Cilic 18/1
33/1 bar
* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020

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While Diego Schwartzman had that great run to the final of the ATP Rome Masters event recently, he’s not a player to really entrust to back it up.

That was a one in a career type of run from him as he beat Nadal along the way. Stan Wawrinka is a bigger threat than Schwartzman, but overall, Thiem has to be the pick of the pack without question.

French Open Betting Odds – 3rd Quarter Winner

Rafael Nadal 1/4
Alexander Zverev 13/2
David Goffin 16/1
Kei Nishikori 20/1
Alex De Minaur 25/1
Fabio Fognini 25/1
John Isner 28/1
40/1 bar
* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020

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Rafael Nadal to take the quarter? Most probably. Zverev should be lifted after his run to his first Grand Slam final, but this will still be a big ask of him on clay.

There are question marks about Nadal, coming in cold here from missing the US Open, but still, he’s the one to beat.

French Open 2020 Predictions

This is really interesting, because yes, Nadal is the king of Roland Garros without question, but will his taking a pass on the US Open help or hurt him?

It’s also worth noting that because this is being played later in the year, the conditions on the clay will be different.

It’s a little slower and the courts will have less spin because of heavier, colder conditions than in the midst of summer. So that is another variable as well.

So we are actually going to pull to Novak Dojokovic to come roaring through for the title at 21/10 in French Open tennis betting* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020).

Nadal hasn’t had the clay court season that he has usually had ahead of a Grand Slam.

Meanwhile Djokovic has been collecting titles and should be extra fired up for getting defaulted from the recent US Open as well.

His win on clay at Rome indicates that he is ready to pick up his second French Open title.

If they were to both slip up, Thiem is carrying a massive threat to pull off what would be a fantastic Slam double.

Of the rest of the chasing pack, Zverev who has an Australian Open semi and a US Open final to his name this season, looks the way to go for a 20/1 each way possibility* (betting odds taken from 03:33 GMT on Saturday, 26th September 2020).