Roland Garros Quarterfinal Preview And Odds: Djokovic Vs. Carreno BustaPublished October 7, 2020 by Sol FH
Will Djokovic be able to redeem himself against Carreno Busta in a rematch of their US Open match, today at 15:30 GMT.
Last month at the US Open in the fourth round, World No. 1 Novak Djokovich (Serbia) was mid-match against Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) when the Serb reacted terribly to his own poor play and fired a ball (mistakenly) right into the neck of a line judge. This led to his immediate disqualification in the US Open and a fine.
This wasn't the first time that Djokovic reacted poorly on the court, but, it worked out well for the Spaniard, sending him to his first US Open Semifinal berth, even though he lost to eventual tournament runner-up, Alexander Zverev.
Today, Djokovich and Carreno Busta meet for the second time in two months, and Djokovic is the favorite to advance.
Carreno Busta played well in their US Open matchup, and commented before their Roland Garros match, "Well, it's another match, no? Another match against the number one in the world," he told reporters.
"I don't think (the incident) will come into my mind because it is something that normally never happens. I suppose that he's ready for the fight again."
Djokovic was apologetic after the incident at the US Open and he didn't let it phase him, going on to win the Italian Open title and winning four-straight matches in the French Open without dropping a set.
29-year-old Carreno Busta, grew up competing on claycourts across Europe and Djokovic cannot become complacent, "He has very good hands, great return. Puts you under a lot of pressure," Djokovic said. "He moves very well... obviously, as all the Spanish players, he grew up playing on clay.
"Maybe these conditions also fit him nicely because the ball doesn't bounce too high, he plays quite flat from both corners. He actually likes slower surfaces."
Nadal in the Semifinals
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has qualified for the Semifinals after beating Jannick Sinner (Italy) in straight-sets. Nadal struggled in the first set, with Sinner putting on the pressure forcing the Spaniard to a 7-6 set win. That was about all the gas that the Italian had left in his tank, as he went on to lose the next two sets, 6-4 and 6-1 respectively.
Nadal will face Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) in the semifinal on Friday at 16:30 GMT. Nadal and Schwartzman have met on 10 occasions, with 9 wins going to Nadal and only 1 to the Argentine.
Roland Garros Odds
bet365 Sports has posted the pre-match odds and they are firmly in favor of the Serb at 1.062. Carreno Busta is well-behind at 10.00. There will be a set of live in-play odds offered throughout the match.
In the semifinal match between Nadal and Schwartzman, bet365 Sports has Nadal as the outright winner at 1.14, and Schwartzman is well behind at 5.50.
bet365 Sports has put together a full menu of betting odds for the Roland Garros, including Women's Singles, Men's/Women's Doubles, Mixed, and more. The odds are posted prior to the matches, but, for any ATP punter that wants a fully interactive experience, live in-play markets are the way to go.
The odds in this article, at the bookmaker mentioned above, were accurate at the time of writing, Oct. 7, 2020, at 9:30 GMT.