- Rafael Nadal is the -120 betting favorite over the field to win his fifth straight French Open title.
- Nadal has won 13 French Opens in the past 16 years.
- Novak Djokovic (+350) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (+500) have the next shortest odds to win the major event.
PARIS – The French Open will start on Sunday and will run over the next two weeks. Rafael Nadal is a sizable favorite to win the event for the fifth straight year, as the “King of Clay” has won the event 13 times in the past 16 years.
Can Nadal Be Beaten On Clay?
There arguably isn’t a more dominant player in tennis history than Rafael Nadal at the French Open. He has a combined record of 100-2 at the event. As crazy as it may seem, Nadal’s odds carry value despite being at -120 to win the event.
Men’s French Open 2021 Betting Odds
- Rafael Nadal -120
- Novak Djokovic +350
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +500
- Dominic Thiem +900
- Alexander Zverev +1100
- Andrey Rublev +2200
- Jannik Sinner +3300
- Aslan Karatsev +4000
- Casper Ruud +4000
- Daniil Medvedev +5000
- Matteo Berrettini +5000
- Roger Federer +5000
It’s tough for anybody to say confidently that anybody other than Nadal will win the event considering his history on clay. Legal sports betting fans would be making a risky bet going against Rafa in this event.
While unlikely, there is always the chance Nadal could get eliminated from the tournament.
Novak Djokovic (+350)
The most popular pick would have to be Novak Djokovic. He’s ranked as the No. 1 player in the world, he’s the last person other than Nadal to win a French Open and he’s won each of the last three major events.
He would be slated to meet Nadal in the semi-final, so it might be beneficial for tennis betting followers to wait until that matchup, as Djokovic’s odds are unlikely to see too much movement prior to that match.
Daniil Medvedev (+5000)
For a value pick as a long shot, Daniil Medvedev could be the best bet. He’s the No. 2 ranked player in the world. Medvedev struggles on clay, but has shown promise at times throughout his young career.
It’s an unlikely event, but maybe a little more possible than the odds suggest. One benefit Medvedev has is that Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are all on the other side of the bracket. If a couple of things go his way, Medvedev could find himself in the finals against an opponent not named Rafael Nadal, in which case anything is possible.
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