Djokovic and Nadal Steal the Show in Roland Garros SemifinalsPublished June 11, 2021 by Florin P
Djokovic and Nadal play another Roland Garros classic, while Tsitsipas and Zverev lock horns in the other semifinal on Friday.
The most important tennis tournament on clay is about to reach its inevitable conclusion. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday afternoon and they feature two of the best tennis players in history. Djokovic takes on Nadal in a match that is likely to produce the eventual Roland Garros winner. In the other semi final Tsitsipas faces Zverev in a match that forecasts the grand slam finals of the future.
Nadal vs Djokovic – The Real Roland Garros Final on Friday
Nadal is the ultimate athlete on clay and the most accomplished Roland Garros player in history. His performance on this surface is legendary and his achievements in Paris are impossible to match. He lost just twice in his entire career, once against Soderling and the second time against Djokovic. When that happened, Nadal was struggling with serious injuries and couldn’t compete at 100%. Now he is in great shape and when he plays at his full potential, odds of 7/20 offered by bet365 Sports make perfect sense.
Djokovic kick-started the French Open campaign with three victories in which he didn’t drop a single set. After surviving a serious scare against Musetti he rebounded to crush another Italian, Berettini in four sets. Novak is an amazing player, but past performance highlights his inability to challenge Nadal on his favorite surface. Under any other circumstances, odds of 11/5 on Djokovic would’ve been an instant lock, but in a Roland Garros semifinal against Rafael Nadal we can’t expect him to win more than a set.
Tsitsipas vs Zverev: Sneak Preview of Future Tennis Champions
Tsitsipas and Zverev are two of the best players of the new generation and the future of tennis belongs to them. They are yet to win a grand slam tournament, but with one of them guaranteed to qualify for the final, an excellent opportunity is at hand. Tsitsipas is favorite and credited with odds of 9/20 by 888 Sport ahead of this semifinal. He showed no weakness whatsoever and only dropped a set against big serving John Isner. The Greek is a better player on clay and he should be able to advance to the final.
Zverev was on the verge of suffering an untimely elimination in the opening round against countryman Otte. After dropping the first two sets, Alexander miraculously rebounded and swept opponents in the next four games. In spite of facing strong competitors he didn’t drop a single set, but will face his strongest opponent on Friday. In the match scheduled for 2 PM UK time, Zverev starts with the second chance and odds of 17/10, but we don’t think he is as big of an underdog as these odds might indicate.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, June 10 at 5 A.M. UK time.