Nadal Prohibitive Favorite
Rafael Nadal is one win away from the final and a potential 14th title at his beloved Roland Garros and a record-setting 22nd Grand Slam title. Standing in his way of glory is Germany’s Alexander Zverev who is still searching for his maiden Grand Slam triumph.
As per the betting online markets, Nadal is the prohibitive favorite across the tennis betting markets. BetUS tips the Spaniard as the -350 favortie to win the semifinal over Zverev. He’s also the -210 favorite to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires.
By contrast, the German is priced at +290 to win the semifinal and at +375 to lift the coveted French Open trophy. As per the markets, Zverev is currently the second-best bet after Nadal to win it all.
So, who will win and advance? Will Nadal come through as the firm favorite? Or will Zverev deliver one of the biggest upsets of the tournament?
Find out as we preview this highly anticipated French Open semifinal and serve up tennis predictions and tennis picks.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and tennis odds for Nadal vs Zverev. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Nadal Derails Djokovic
Nadal was tipped as the player to beat in the French Open betting markets at the start of the European clay-court swing, but by the time the slam rolled around, he was surpassed by Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz on the tennis odds board.
A number of things conspired against Nada then. He missed the first half of the European clay-court swing due to injury. When he did return, however, he saw a limited number of matches in Madrid and Rome.
Worryingly, in his last match in Rome, he seemed to re-aggravate the foot injury that kept him out of the game in the second half of the 2021 season.
While Nadal was struggling on form, teen phenom Alcaraz was making huge strides. He beat Nadal and Djokovic in Madrid on the way to the title in the Spanish capital.
As well, Djokovic’s form was improving steadily before peaking in Rome. Djokovic won the tournament, just in time for the start of his title defense campaign in Paris.
At the face of it, it’s easy to understand why Nadal’s odds fell behind Djokovic and Alcaraz. In hindsight, though, the markets might have overreacted as Nadal reached the French Open semifinals on the back of an impressive four-set victory over Djokovic
🤩 What a set! What a comeback! 🤩
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 31, 2022
Zverev Upset Alcaraz
Spain’s rising star Alcaraz entered the French Open as a joint favorite alongside Djokovic to win the title. However, his sojourn in the City of Lights was cut short prematurely by Zverev.
The German defleated Alcaraz in a four-set thriller, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7) to book his place in the final four. It was an upset that sent seismic shockwaves through the tournament.
Zverev lost to Alcaraz in the Madrid Open final with relative ease earlier in May. This time, though, he brought his A-game to court Philippe Chatrier and he got his revenge over Alcaraz.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 31, 2022
Nadal vs Zverev Head-to-Head
Nadal leads the head-to-head series 6-3 over Zverev. This includes a 4-1 record on clay. In 2021, the pair spilt two meetings on clay. Zverev beat Nadal in Madrid on the way to the title. Nadal reversed the result in Rome on the way to the title.
Nadal vs Zverev Match Information
- Location: Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris
- Day/Time: Friday, 8:45 a.m. ET
Nadal vs Zverev Betting Lines
|Rafael Nadal||-5½ -120||-350||36½-110o||20-115o
|Alexander Zverev||+5½ Ev||+290||36½-110u||17½-110o
Nadal vs Zverev Prediction
Nadal is eyeing a 14th French Open title and an historic, record-setting 22nd Grand Slam title on his beloved red dirt.
On paper, Zverev ranks higher than Nadal at the moment. He also presents a significant hurdle in his path to glory.
One can’t underestimate Zverev’s youthful exuberance or his hunger to win one of these prestigious, career-defining titles. Zverev has long been touted as a potential Grand Slam champion, but he’s failed to fulfill on that promise. He came close two years ago at the U.S. Open, only to fall to Dominic Thiem in five sets.
That said, beating Nadal in a best-of-five scenario is one of the toughest asks in tennis. Greater champions than Zverev have tried but failed. So, it will take a Herculean effort by the 25-year-old German to pull off the feat. Never mind it will take a brave bettor to bet on it.