After nearly two full weeks of non-stop tennis betting action, it’s come to this, BetUS online sportsbook enthusiasts. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will look to stop incomparable world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in his quest to win an unprecedented 13th French Open championship.
The question is as it almost always has been over the last decade-plus. Can someone, anyone – and in this case – Novak Djokovic, beat Rafa on the red clay at Roland Garros?
Let’s take a quick look at the value-packed 2020 Men’s French Open final odds.
The top-seeded, but underdog, Djokovic dispatched Michael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in his opener and veteran Richard Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. The world No. 1 took out Daniel Elahi Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the third round and 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 before getting past fifth seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set thriller on Friday to reach his fifth final at Roland Garros.
World No. 2 and second-seeded Nadal won his opener 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 over Egor Gersaimov and beat Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in the second round. The three-time defending champ then beat Stefano Travaglia 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 in the third round before taking down Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round. Nadal got past Jannik Sinner 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1 in the quarters on Tuesday before beating red-hot No. 12 Diego Schwartzman in three relatively tough sets.
First off, these two living legends have faced one another a whopping 55 times since their first match – at Roland Garros – way back in 2006. Nadal jumped out to an early 14-4 lead in the head-to-head rivalry, but things started to change in a big way when they met in the semifinals in Cincinnati in 2009. Djokovic won three straight and 10 of the next 12 meetings. Since getting off to that uninspiring 14-4 start in this now long standing rivalry, Djokoivc has compiled a commanding 26-11 mark in this rivalry.
Djokovic has won seven of the last 10 meetings and 11 of the last 14 meetings overall. When it comes to meeting at Roland Garros, the pair have played seven times. Nadal won two French Open titles over Djokovic in 2012 and 2014 while beating the Serbian in the semis in 2013.
Djokovic then stunned Nadal in the quarterfinals in straight sets in 2015 the last time they’ve ever faced each other at Roland Garros.
Yes, Nadal has gone an impressive 15-4 on the year with one title, but Djokovic is 31-1 on the year – and oh yeah, his only loss came via his now infamous default at the 2020 US Open.
While I thought Djokovic looked fatigued after his semifinal win over Tsitsipas, Nadal didn’t look much better after getting past the speedy Diego Schwartzman, even if his win did come in three sets. I’m feeling a big stunner in this one as Djokovic gets it done to deny Nadal French Open title No. 13. This one’s going the distance, but Djokovic wins!
Pick: Novak Djokovic in 5 Sets