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ATP Roland Garros – Carlos Alcaraz vs Alexander Zverev

It is always a nice feeling when a long term trading selection makes it through to the final of a grand slam at decent odds, however Alexander Zverev finds himself facing arguably the toughest opponent possible in the final in Carlos Alcaraz.

Now Zverev does fit the mould of the player that is capable of defeating Alcaraz. He has the first serve that is able to generate a lot of free points, and he is serving at a high first serve percentage for the most part. This is going to be crucial for him, as it was in Melbourne when he was able to cause the upset over the Spaniard at the Australian Open.

Looking at this as an individual match-up and not taking into consideration any outright selections, Zverev at the game handicap looks to be the play for me. Alcaraz is still showing some wild fluctuations in his level within matches, and we saw that again as he took on Sinner in the semi finals. Consider that with Zverev’s ability to stay in the contest when in a deficit, as we have seen against Griekspoor, Rune and Ruud this fortnight, and the +4.5 games looks reasonable for a small play to round out a big fortnight of tennis.

Back again tomorrow to continue the tennis season as we transition to the grass.

Betting Strategy

BACK: Alexander Zverev +4.5 games (WIN) for (1.25 units recorded at $1.91)

French Open 2024 tips and predictions


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The two main events at the French Open, the men’s and women’s singles, each feature 128 players. Thirty-two players in each event are seeded according to world rankings, with matches decided in a pre-tournament draw. The seeded system typically keeps the higher ranked players from meeting into the earlier rounds, creating potential matchups of the top players to meet in the final rounds. Often though, big-name players suffer shock defeats in the early rounds of the French Open, beaten by low-profile or little-known players more accustomed to handling the conditions. Follow Betfair’s French Open tips today and use our trusted data to help you study and dissect players’ form and background to make informed betting decisions, particularly early in the tournament when upsets are likely. 

Spaniard Rafael Nadal is the most successful player of all-time at the French Open, having won the men’s singles title 13 times, including five straight from 2010-14 and four in a row on two other occasions. At the 2022 French Open, Nadal will be aiming to win his 22nd Grand Slam. Among those likely to challenge him are Serbian Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, young Spanish up-and-comer Carlos Alcaraz and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. On the women’s side, Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the new world number one, Romania’s Simona Halep, who won in 2018, and Spain’s Paula Badosa are expected to be in the thick of the action, with Czech Barbora Krejčíková, the 2021 winner, also likely to be in the mix.Make sure to follow Betfair’s French Open 2022 tips to help you understand likely outcomes in events and for professional guidance on which players to back or lay during the tournament.

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