Can Diego Schwartzman take down the incomparable Rafael Nadal on clay for the second straight time when they square off in their French Open semifinal clash this sports betting Friday?
Can world No. 1 Novak Djokovic avoid the upset to get past talented No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in their semifinal showdown later on Friday? Let’s take a sportsbook look at these and other 2020 French Open questions ahead of the semifinals.
2020 French Open Semifinal Betting Rundown
Okay, BetUS tennis betting faithful, with only four players remaining in the quest for success at the 2020 French Open, it’s time to find out which two players are offering the best value against their French Open championship tennis odds.
No. 12 Diego Schwartzman vs No. 2 Rafael Nadal
Currently ranked 14th in the ATP world rankings, No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman is on fire heading into the semis. The 5’7” Argentine dispatched Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 in his opener before downing Lorenzo Giustino 6-1, 7-5, 6-0 in the second round. Schwartzman then got past Norbert Gombos 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 in the third round before taking out Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round. He then pulled off a massive upset by dispatching No. 3 seed and reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem in a five set thriller, 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Tuesday.
World No. 2 and second-seeded Rafael Nadal won his opener 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 over Egor Gersaimov before dispatching Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in the second round. The three-time defending champ then bounced Stefano Travaglia 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 in the third round before dispatching Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round. Nadal got past the unheralded Jannik Sinner 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
While Nadal owns an emphatic 9-1 career edge in 10 all-time meetings, Schwartzman beat Nadal just last month, 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals before dispatching Denis Shapovalov in the semis. He fell to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 in the finals.
While Schwartzman has won nine of his last 10 matches and will definitely give Rafa a hard fight, I like the world No. 2 to win this match for the same reason I liked Schwartzman to get past Thiem the last time out – weary legs. Schwartzman needed over three hours to dispatch the world No. 3. I believe that long match is going to cost him the longer his match against Nadal goes on Friday. Rafa wins and advances – though it’s going to take the legend five full sets to get it done!
Pick: Rafael Nadal in 5 Sets
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No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic dispatched Michael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in his opener before bouncing veteran Richard Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. The world No. 1 then dispatched Daniel Elahi Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the third round before taking out No. 15 seed Karen Kachanov 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round. The 2016 French Open champion reached the semifinals by getting past No. 17 seed Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from two sets down to get past Jaume Munar 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in his opener. Tsitsipas took out veteran Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. He then dispatched Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 6-2, 3-1 in a walkover in the third round before taking out No. 18 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6 (11), 6-2 in the fourth round. Tsitsipas got past red-hot No. 13 Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday to reach the semis.
Novak Djokovic might be the world No. 1, but he’s just 3-3 in six career meetings against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The pair have alternated wins and losses over the six-match span, with Djokovic coming out on top 6-3, 6-4 the last time they met in Dubai earlier this year. The good news is that Tsitsipas has beaten Djokovic twice in Masters 100 events and almost assuredly won’t be afraid of the moment as he’s already reached the semis of a major by making it to the final four in Australia a year ago.
Still, Novak Djokovic has been completely locked in as he seeks to rebound from his embarrassing default at the US Open last month and that makes him the pick to get by the talented, but often emotionally unpredictable Tsitsipas in this affair. It’s going to take four sets, but Djokovic advances!
Pick: Novak Djokovic in 4 Sets
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