French Open Semi Final and Final Preview-Betting Tips
The French Open Men’s tournament is down to just four players, with favourite Rafael Nadal taking on Juan Martin Del Potro in one semi-final and Marco Cecchinato taking on Dominic Thiem in the other. The two semi-finals take place on Friday, with the final taking place on Saturday.
Nadal vs Del Potro
When his quarter final game was delayed due to rain it is fair to say that Rafael Nadal was in a little bit of trouble. Down a set, he was glad of the break and came back on fire on Thursday to wrap the game up and complete a very impressive comeback.
Del Potro qualified with a good win over the third seed Marin Cilic, beating him 3-1 to set up this game against Nadal. He goes in against Nadal as a long shot to make the final, but we have seen Del Potro play well in France, and if Nadal plays like he did during the first part of his quarter final then the door would be slightly open for Del Potro.
Nadal has the class to make the final here, but his recent form shows he is slightly vulnerable and Del Potro can win a set off him.
Thiem vs Cecchinato
Marco Cecchinato is the story of the tournament so far, and is one game away from reaching the French Open final. Coming into the event he had never won a main draw match at any Grand Slam, and he has been a real surprise package. The world number 72 shocked Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals, and will have to play at the same level, if not better to beat Dominic Thiem here.
Thiem is the number four seed and he made it through due to an injury to Alexander Zverev. His opponent struggled with a hamstring injury, making life easy for Thiem as he booked his place in the semi-finals. The injury to Zverev prevented any chance of seeing what would have been a great quarter final, but did give Thiem an easy day, keeping him fresh for the final.
The Cecchinato fairy tale has been running throughout this tournament, but looks set to come to an end here. He looks good enough to take a set from Thiem, but I’m backing Thiem to win this game 3-1, which is priced up at 13/5 with Black Type.
Assuming things go to play, Rafael Nadal will play Dominic Thiem in the final of the French Open on Sunday. Nadal came into the tournament as a warm favourite to take the title, and that will be the case assuming he makes the final.
However, he hasn’t stamped his authority throughout, and has shown vulnerability at times. When the final betting is out, it would pay to see what price a Nadal 3-1 win would be, as that is where the likely value will be on Sunday.
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