Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal head into finals weekend at the French Open tipped as the favorites to win according to the French Open Final odds.
For Swiatek, her run in Paris is a culmination of her sublime form and pre-tournament favoritism. The World No.1 came into the event as the player to beat by a country mile as per the tennis betting markets.
Swiatek was priced at -120 (or thereabouts depending on the preferred sportsbook) to lift her second Suzanne-Lenglen cup. After the Polish star, the next best bets in the women’s field were priced in quadruple digits from +1100 and higher.
For Nadal, it’s another final appearance that further validates his supremacy at the French Open, which earned him worldwide recognition as the King of Clay. Moreover, this Sunday he will have the opportunity to lift a 14th Coupe des Mousquetaires and a record 22nd Grand Slam title.
French Open Final Weekend Preview
Swiatek vs. Gauff
Iga Swiatek is through to the French Open final following a win over Daria Kasatkina, defeating the Russian 6-2, 6-1 in just 64 minutes on Thursday.
Swiatek’s current run of impressive form hit 34 matches unbeaten on Thursday. This puts the 21-year-old Pole in the history books alongside Serena Williams, who set the record for the second-longest winning streak this century at 34 in 2013. Venus Williams, at 35 matches unbeaten set in 2000, has the longest unbeaten streak.
Swiatek has dropped just one set in six matches. As well, she’s won 54 of her last 56 sets during this incredible run of form that has seen her pick up five titles in row since February.
As she sits on the cusp of a sixth straight title, is it any wonder she’s the whopping -700 favorite according to the French Open Final odds?
Swiatek won the 2020 French Open at the age of 18 to become the youngest French Open champion since 1992. Then, the French Open was rescheduled to October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coco Gauff, who turned 18 in March, has the opportunity to rival Swiatek’s accomplishment at the French Open this Saturday. She can also make history by becoming only the seventh player to win the French title at the juniors and pros combined. Gauff won her junior French Open title in 2018 at the age of 14.
Alas, to pull off these noble feats, she must overcome one of the best players this century. Pre-tournament French Open previews had Swiatek as the player to beat and she’s lived up to those lofty expectations.
Gauff hasn’t dropped a set in Paris to reach the final. She won’t be a cakewalk, but beating a player of Swiatek’s quality and ilk right now is a big ask.
Nadal vs Ruud
Rafael Nadal needs no introduction ahead of his 14th French Open final. There’s no hyperbole or superlatives that are sufficient to describe what the Spaniard has accomplished over the years on his beloved clay at the French Open.
The 13-time French Open champion and 21 Grand Slam champion has never lost a French Open Final, and this Sunday he’ll be keen to extend that unblemished record at the expense of first-time French Open finalist Casper Ruud.
Nadal got a walkover into the French Open final following a tragic ending to his semi-final clash with Alexander Zverev. The German was giving Nadal all he could take in an absorbing second set before he rolled over his ankle. That said, Nadal was up a set and tied 6-6 in the second when the match came to its untimely end.
Nadal underscores his favorable odds to win the tournament with his impressive run in Paris over the last two weeks, in which he answered his critics resoundingly. Questions prevailed over the Spaniard’s fitness ahead of the tournament, but he’s looked fit as a fiddle.
He was efficient in the early rounds. Then, he outlasted Auger-Aliassime in a five-set marathon and dispatched his biggest nemeses and the defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Ruud advanced into the final with a come-from-behind win over Marin Cilic. Friday’s second semi-final didn’t pass without incident as a protester burst onto the court and disrupted the match. However, the match resumed pretty quickly after the brief interlude and it didn’t seem to impact the outcome.
Ruud will be facing his idol Nadal in the biggest match of his life. The French Open final odds are firmly cornered with the Spaniard. It remains to be seen whether Ruud can rise to the occasion and give Nadal a run for his money, but few are likely to bet against the Spaniard here. It would take balls to bet against Nadal in the final of the French Open.Follow us on Twitter