The most important tennis tournament on clay is about to unveil its winners, as Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek are firm favourites. The Spanish superstar is aiming for his 14th trophy, while Swiatek can win consecutive titles in the French Open. Elsewhere, the Nations League is underway, with Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal expected to pick up all three points this weekend.
Rafael Nadal Aims for his 14th Roland Garros Trophy
Rafael Nadal qualified for the final after eliminating Djokovic in a thrilling match and dispatching Zverev who suffered an injury. The Spanish champion was lucky to have his opponent retire after two excruciatingly long sets that lasted three hours. Now he faces Casper Ruud, a young and promising Norwegian who is also a clay specialist. Nadal is the firm favourite to win the trophy, as he has an unrivalled record on clay and tremendous experience, while his opponent faces insurmountable odds.
Iga Swiatek can Win Back-to-Back French Open Titles
Iga Swiatek crushed the competition last year to win the French Open and hopes for a similar outcome when she plays the final. The 21-year-old Polish player has a 34-match winning streak and is expected to pick up another win. 1xBet credits her with the first chance and odds of 3/20, against Coco Gauff, who is priced at 5/1 by the same bookmaker. Both players have competed at a terrific level, but Iga Swiatek is one class above the competition and should be able to win the Roland Garros trophy in straight sets.
Germany and England Favorites to Win on the Road
England is expected to kickstart its Nations League campaign with a victory over Hungary and avenge the draw in the World Cup qualifiers. Odds of 2/5 highlight the clear advantage they have over Hungary, which would gladly settle for one point. Arguably the most exciting match in Group A is the one between Germany and Italy, where the former are slight favourites. Despite playing on the road, Germany gets odds of 13/10 at bet365 sports, whereas Italy is priced at 21/10.
Spain and Portugal Chase First Nations League Win
Spain took the early lead against Portugal, but the two teams ended up splitting points in the opening match of Group B. Now they’re expected to secure victory against the Czech Republic, respectively Switzerland. Spain plays on the road, while Portugal will have the home pitch advantage, but both get odds of 3/4 at bet365 sports. There are no injury concerns for either of them, so the underdogs will need to play their best to have a shot at converting the odds of 4/1 into victory.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Friday, June 3 at 8 P.M. UK time.