We have expert betting predictions for the 2021 Mens French Open Tennis where 13-time winner Rafael Nadal is the raging-hot favourite.
Backing against Nadal hasn’t been a winning strategy over the last 15+ years, but punters are always looking for value elsewhere.
There are many winning chances and we look at where you should put your money for the 2021 French Open.
2021 Men’s French Open Predictions
2021 Mens French Open Tournament Winner – Rafael Nadal
We don’t think leaving Rafael Nadal off your French Open ticket is a smart strategy. He is the 13-time champion and at times has looked unbeatable on the clay.
Despite having knee problems throughout his career, playing on the softer surfaces have helped and he’s dynamite on the clay.
He comes off a win at the Italian Open where he survived a three-set final against Novak Djokovic. He won the first set 7-5 before dropping the second set 6-1. However, like the champion he is, Nadal bounced back to win the third 6-3.
It was a much-needed victory on the road to his 14th French Open success, as he had lost in the quarters to Alex Zverev at the Madrid Open, in front of his home fans.
Nadal was also pushed close against Stephanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final, so the challengers could be closing the gap. However, we’ll happily take the $1.83 for a player of his stature.
Bet: Rafael Nadal @ $1.83
2021 Mens French Open Tennis Best Value – Novak Djokovic
Getting $5.50 for the best player in the world is good shopping. It might not be his favourite surface, and he has Nadal to get past, but it’s still a good price.
He comes off a final loss at the Italian Open, but he pushed Nadal to the brink. After winning the second set 6-1, Djokovic was unable to kick on with it. However, not many players have beaten Nadal 6-1 in a set on the clay.
His champion mentality is enough reason to have him on your ticket and he would love another French Open title after winning in 2016. He made the final last year and was beaten in straight sets, so he’ll want to avenge the one-sided loss.
Novak is far too good to not include in French Open selections.
Bet: Novak Djokovic @ $5.50
2021 Mens French Open Tennis Best Roughie – Dominic Thiem
Getting double-figure odds for a player like Dominic Thiem is worth taking. The Austrian isn’t in good form, but he’s a player that lifts in the Grand Slams.
The 27-year-old is no spring chicken and he has been at the top level for some time now. He made back-to-back French Open finals in 2018 and 2019 before losing in the quarters last week.
He knows how to play well at Roland Garros and the 2020 US Open winner shouldn’t be worried about his lack of form. Thiem knows how to lift his game on the big stage, so don’t overlook his chances.
$11 for Thiem is excellent value, so punters should expect him to make the quarters at worst.
Bet: Dominic Thiem @ $11
2021 Mens French Open Tennis Longshot – Daniil Medvedev
The Russian came out this week stating that he hates playing on clay. It’s not what you want to hear, but it could be a tactical move.
He has always been a highly-rated player and not always coped with the pressure. All the pressure is off after that statement, and we could see him play better.
Medvedev was on the fourth line of betting a week ago. After he made those comments, his odds drifted to $23 immediately. However, those odds have drifted to incredible levels since.
He is now paying $81 to win and although his record is poor at Roland Garros, we’re giving him another chance.
Bet: Daniil Medvedev @ $81
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
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