Roland Garros finally takes centre stage over the next few weeks nearly three months after it was originally scheduled. In the men’s draw all eyes will be on Rafa Nadal and if he can win an incredible 13th French Open title or will one of the new generation come through and steal his crown. Check back everyday for expert betting tips from tipsters Form Labs for some of the key match-up’s in both the men and women’s draw.
French Open Betting Tips 29 September
Elena Rybakina v Sorana Cirstea
You only have to look at Elena Rybakina’s form this year to know she has a real chance this fortnight. She’s won 28 of her 36 tour matches and finished runner-up in Strasbourg last week, while she ranks in the top five for combined service/return points won on this surface over the last 18 months on the main tour, and so she’ll make life very difficult for Sorana Cirstea.
The Romanian did well at the US Open to reach the third round, but she’s lost all five of her clay court matches since being knocked out of this tournament in May last year. To make matters worse, the highest ranked player she faced over that period was the current 97th in the world Aliona Bolsova, as she lost in straight sets and we just can’t see anything but a convincing defeat for her in this one. Moreover, the Kazakh has won the only meeting to date between the two players, coming earlier this year in Dubai and she gets our backing to make easy work of this opponent.
Henri Laaksonen v Pablo Cuevas
Three straight set victories for Henri Laaksonen has earnt his spot in the opening round of the French Open, but considering the 28-year-old has only advanced past that stage on three occasions at a Slam from his 22 career attempts when including qualifiers, it could be over before it’s even begun. In fact, since Novak Djokovic cruised past him in this tournament in May last year, he’s lost nine of his 11 main tour matches, including all three in the first round this year.
Pablo Cuevas on the other hand, may not have had the best of 2020’s himself, but he showed glimpses of what he’s capable of in Hamburg last week when downing both Gilles Simon and Taylor Fritz. The Uruguayan has never been knocked out in the opening round of this Slam from his seven career attempts, reaching the third round in four of the last five and we highly doubt this will be the first time he’s failed to do so against a much inferior opponent. In fact, he’s won all six of his first round matches here by at least five clear games on the handicap since 2014, while the average across those was an astonishing 8.5 games, and that looks the way to go in this one.
French Open Betting Tips 30 September
Sara Errani v Kiki Bertens
It is easy to forget Sara Errani’s class on the clay courts as she reached the French Open final in 2012 and has since made a semi and two quarters here. The opponent she beat in her opener this year, Monica Puig, may have been out of touch, but she made the third round on these courts in June last year and the convincing manner in which Errani dealt with her gives us confidence of her chances this fortnight.
Kiki Bertens decided not to head to New York for Cincinnati and the US Open, meaning she’s played just three competitive main tour matches since February. She lost to Polona Hercog, retired when losing the deciding set to Jelena Ostapenko and although she won her opener here in Paris, she did take a 6-2 hammering in the opening set to 112th ranked Katarina Zavatska. Furthermore, she lost both her exhibitions in straight sets against Petra Kvitova and Anastasija Sevastova in July, and considering her Italian opponent has a W5-L0 when including mid game retirements, we’re happy to get behind the big underdog in the outright.
Casper Ruud v Tommy Paul
An impressive year on the clay courts for Casper Ruud saw him lift his first ever ATP tour title in Buenos Aires, while he also matched his best Grand Slam performance at the US Open in September when reaching the third round. Indeed, the Norwegian also finished runner-up on this surface in Santiago back in March, meaning he’s now won 18 of his 24 matches on the tour since the start of February, including last four appearances in both Rome and Hamburg recently and he’ll be tough to stop this fortnight.
Tommy Paul doesn’t quite boast the same results on the main tour, with him losing six of his 11 matches since the start of February, as four of those defeats came from his most recent six. Furthermore, he could only make the second round in Hamburg and lost in the first round of qualifying in Rome to 129th ranked Facundo Bagnis, and so this should be a routine victory for Ruud.