- The French Open Men’s Champion will be crowned on Sunday in a battle between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
- Sportsbooks have Nadal (-146) favored to win the championship match.
- Djokovic will have an uphill battle to beat Nadal who has won many times on this court but will have to lean on his pivotal wins in the head-to-head match between the two.
PARIS, France – The two top seeds, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, will face off in the French Open Men’s Final to decide the champion on Sunday.
Both players have had much success but this matchup may be the most difficult single match assignment for Djokovic seeing that Nadal holds the all-time record of 12 French Open championships.
“Well, isn’t it obvious?” Djokovic said Friday evening after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. “He [Nadal] won this tournament so many times that I don’t think any player has won that many times any tournament. He’s lost twice in his entire career on this court.”
If Nadal wins the match, it will be the third time in his career that he wins the French Open four years in a row. He would also tie the record on most career Grand Slam singles titles with Roger Federer if he gets his 20th title on Sunday.
The odds for the match are posted on legal sports betting sites for bettors to place wagers on the anticipated event.
2020 French Open Men’s Singles Final Odds
- Rafael Nadal -146
- Novak Djokovic +126
Though Nadal is the outright favorite for the match, he is not looking past the potential of Djokovic who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed.
“I know it is a court where I have been playing well for such a long time, so that helps,” Nadal said, “At the same time, he [Djokovic] has an amazing record here, too, being in the final rounds almost every single time.”
Djokovic has had much success in Final rounds but not as much in the championships at the French Open. He defeated Nadal in January 6-2, 7-6(4) at the ATP Cup, which was their only matchup this year.
In both of their semifinal victories, breakpoints were crucial with Djokovic taking 8 of 22 opportunities and Nadal taking six of nine.
As for the rivalry between the two players, the momentum should be with Djokovic who is planning to feed off his win this year and his win on this court against Nadal in 2015.
The 56th head-to-head meeting of the two players will start at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday and will be aired and streamed by NBC. It will be the last time those looking to bet on the French Open will be able to do so.
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