The 2020 French Open, also known as Roland-Garros, is a tennis Grand Slam tournament that will be played on outdoor clay courts. The qualifications for the tournament started on the 21st of September but the first round will start on the 27th. The tournament will take place until 11th October. As usually, the favourite for this tournament is the reigning champion Rafael Nadal, the man who managed to win this tournament already 12 times and be sure that he will be looking for his 13th time. The three main courts are Court Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and Simonne Mathieu with Court Philippe Chatrier being the biggest one of them all. With the new addition of a retractable roof (2019), it will be possible to play on it even during bad weather. Is Rafa going to be able to defend the title? Will we see a surprise in the first round? We will try to find out!
Bookies are favouring Nadal (1,90, Bet365) to win it all, which shouldn't come as a surprise as the Spaniard has managed to win 12 out of the last 15 Roland Garros. The second favourite is the number one player in the world, Novak Djokovic (3,00, 1xBet). Djokovic is playing at his first Grand Slam since being disqualified from the US Open for hitting a lineswoman with a ball – described as the “toughest and darkest” moment of his career by his former coach Boris Becker. The third favourite player to win it all is Dominic Thiem (5,00), the Austrian has lost in the final against Nadal for the last two years and hasn’t played a clay event in the lead up to Roland-Garros. He did manage to win the US Open, defeating Zverev 3-2. This might be the most open French Open in years. The main reason why? Nobody knows how ready/unready Nadal is. In his last tournament on clay in Rome, he surprised the tennis world by losing to Diego Schwartzman in straight sets. Until this year, each time he won the French Open, Rafa had always won at least one clay tournament before playing the French Open. In the match against Schwartzman, he made 30 unforced errors while struggling on his serve. He only made 27 out of his 63 first serves. The good thing for Nadal is that he won't face “strong competition” in the first few rounds, so he will have time to warm up and get his form back before facing the likes of Djokovic and Thiem. We still believe that Nadal is going to win the tournament. After all, this is his tournament and we do not believe that he will have such a bad match as the one against Schwartzman again. While Nadal fell at the quarter-final stage in Rome, Djokovic emerged as the champion in his first tournament since his disqualification from the US Open. This was a badly needed win for Djokovic. Not only did he get his revenge for being disqualified in the US Open, but he managed to move ahead of Nadal in the all-time standings for Masters wins with 36. One extra motivation for Djokovic is that if he wins this French Open he will only have one Masters less won than Nadal (18). Many tennis coaches believe that Djokovic is currently playing the best tennis of his life. His form in 2020 has been amazing so far. And if there is anyone who can beat Nadal on clay, then it's him. It ́s also important to keep in mind that Novak has had more time on the clay court than Nadal over the last month. Dominic Thiem doesn't have many grand slams won, in fact, he only has 1. The good thing about that one is that it was the last US Open. Thiem said that he will be playing really calmly now in the French Open since he doesn't have the big pressure of winning a Grand Slam anymore. This could be a big danger for Djokovic and Nadal. If Thiem has a good serve, and if he manages to keep his unforced errors low, we might see him surprising the competition again.
Diego Schwartzmann is the biggest Dark Horse in this tournament. The Argentine recently showed his clay-court prowess when he played the Italian Open. He managed to beat Rafa on clay, which is one of the hardest things to do and ended up reaching the final. Schwartzman played some amazing tennis and that will give him a confidence boost when he plays in Paris. The other Dark Horse in this tournament is Tsitsipas. He is not one to shy away from the spotlight. It’s Nadal or the field, and if one of the other 127 players rises to the occasion, it will likely be the Greek, who’s proven he has more than enough game to dominate on the big stage.
Betting on Roland Garros
With many good players on this tournament and because of the pandemic the French Open is really unpredictable. Nevertheless, Rafa is still Rafa, and we see him winning this tournament. He is probably going to have to play against Thiem in the semi-finals, but we don't see Nadal having many problems against him. After all, he is the king of clay. Add ProTipster to your bookmark for more tennis betting tips and predictions, not only during the French Open!
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