Tennis fans will be tuning into the French Open at Roland Garros over the next two weeks (September 27 – October 11), which has been rescheduled this year from May/June.
If everything goes to plan, number one seed Novak Djokovic will sail through to the final if he avoids hitting any line judges. But that bolt of lightning is unlikely to strike punters twice.
If the seedings in the other half of the draw go to plan, Djokovic should play either the number two seed and 12-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal in the final or the third seed and newly crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem.
But there are several reasons why Paris in the Autumn may be a lot different than it is towards the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Conditions will be cooler, forecast to be between 14-18C, much cooler than the 25-30C the tournament is normally played in. With diminished hours of daylight, many matches may also be completed with the help of the new floodlights.
The tennis balls are also an unknown factor this year, with new Wilson balls in play, while the damper and cooler weather should mean the balls travel slower. One player who is likely to suffer more than many is Rafa Nadal, whose heavy topspin forehand may not be as potent a weapon as it has been in his record 93 victories from 95 matches on the Paris clay.
Odds-against quotes for Nadal will be too big for many punters to ignore, but he’s not had much match practice this season, while Thiem is a potential huge pitfall in the semifinals.
Third-favourite Thiem may be full of confidence after his US Open victory, but a niggling Achilles-heel injury makes winning the tournament a huge ask. Not only does he have a tough quarter, he will then likely have to beat Nadal to reach the final. Beating Djokovic after those efforts will surely prove too difficult. So, out of the top three seeds, Djokovic looks the most likely winner.
But in a strange year, I’m going to take a chance on Diego Schwartzman, who is our each-way French Open Men’s Single tip.
Schwartzman recently beat Nadal in Rome and he made the quarterfinal at the 2018 French Open. In 2017, he also took Djokovic to five sets here. He may have to beat Thiem and Nadal to reach the final but, with doubts about both those players, he looks worth a small bet at a big price.
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