We’ve got reached the semi-final stage of this yr’s French Open within the males’s draw and it’s a robust closing 4 which are left standing.
World primary Carlos Alcaraz and 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic lock horns in a conflict of the heavyweights whereas final season’s runner-up Casper Ruud meets with Alexander Zverev, who’s that includes in his third consecutive French Open semi-final.
French Open Day 13 Betting Suggestions
Date: Friday ninth June
Location: Roland Garros, Paris, France
Carlos Alcaraz to beat Novak Djokovic 3-1 @ 3/1
When the draw was made for this yr’s French Open, it was anticipated that Alcaraz would meet Djokovic within the semi-final, however now the hope has develop into actuality.
This can be a tantalising showdown which places collectively world primary Alcaraz, who’s carrying the hopes of Spain within the absence of injured compatriot Rafael Nadal, and two-time French Open champion Djokovic, who’s chasing a record-breaking twenty third Grand Slam title.
One thing has to present on Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier however it’s the youthful legs of Alcaraz who could win the battle.
The 20-year-old has already had a style of Grand Slam glory, having gained final yr’s US Open, and he has appeared a pure on this floor having claimed clay-court titles in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Madrid this season.
The Spanish teenager has misplaced solely two of his 27 clay-court matches this time period and he was scintillating in his semi-final win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, with the 2021 French Open runner-up readily brushed apart 6-2 6-1 7-6.
Alcaraz might dominate this sport for the years to return and whereas it’s unlikely to be a stroll towards arguably the best returner of all-time in Djokovic, the Spaniard does maintain the aces.
The Serb was made to work laborious in his quarter-final encounter with Karen Khachanov, coming from a set down and having to win the second in a tiebreak earlier than prevailing in 4.
The one earlier assembly between this duo went the way in which of Alcaraz 2-1 on the clay of Madrid final yr and whereas the Murcia man can frank that kind, the wonderful defence of Djokovic ought to guarantee he will get a set on the board.
Casper Ruud to beat Alexander Zverev @ Evens
Ruud discovered solely ‘King of Clay’ himself Rafael Nadal too good on the French Open final season and with the 14-time Roland Garros champion a non-starter in Paris, the Norwegian could also be feeling he can go one step additional.
After a reasonably quiet begin to the season, the world quantity 4 has saved his greatest for Paris once more and his most up-to-date two wins over Nicolas Jarry and Holger Rune learn notably effectively.
A semi-final conflict with Zverev requires extra because the German is showing within the closing 4 of the French Open for the third successive yr.
Nevertheless, Zverev could have dangerous recollections of final yr’s exit having been pressured to retire throughout his last-four duel with Nadal – the Spaniard led 7-6 6-6 – with ankle ligament injury.
It’s a exceptional feat for the German to be again competing within the latter phases of a Grand Slam occasion so rapidly, however clay-court specialist Ruud could have his measure.
Zverev has recorded some robust wins in Paris with out wanting wherever near his peak and he must be totally fired-up to see off Ruud, who has gained 9 of his 10 profession titles on this harder terrain.
The Norwegian has gained 20 of his final 25 matches on this slower floor and might prevail to succeed in one other French Open closing.
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