French Open Predictions & Tips

andrew hendrie:

The very best in men’s and women’s tennis return for the swashbuckling clay-court slam that is Roland Garros when the 2020 French Open takes place from 27 September-11 October.

French Open 2020 predictions

Arguably the toughest tournament to win in all of tennis, the French Open brings together the best players in the world on the physically demanding Parisian clay as the top ATP and WTA stars slug it out for one of the biggest prizes the sport has to offer.

Roland Garros, as the French Open is also known, is an even bigger physical challenge in 2020. Rescheduled from its usual May-June to 27 September-11 October, conditions will be damper and colder; players will have to generate their own energy in front of reduced or absent crowds; and players have also had just a few weeks of competition, on clay or otherwise, to rebound from an unprecedented six-month shutdown.

Iga Swiatek of Poland became the seventh woman since 2010 to claim her maiden major title at Roland Garros when she defeated Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the final, becoming Poland’s first Grand Slam champion, male or female. Swiatek did not drop a set on her way to the title, beating Marketa Vondrousova, Simona Halep and Nadia Podoroska on the way.

The men’s final will be a huge one: Rafael Nadal facing Novak Djokovic for the 56th time. Huge amounts of history is on the line. If Nadal wins, he will not just win a thirteenth French Open title and his 100th match at Roland Garros, but will tie Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles. If Djokovic wins, he becomes the only player in history to complete the career Grand Slam twice, and closes the gap on Nadal and Federer in the all-time race, winning his 18th major.

Read on for our predictions and tips for the titanic final which will bring this unusual but unmissable French Open to a close..

French Open predictions: Who will win the men’s title?

128 players started the main draw but only two remain, both itching to get their hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires on Sunday.

Nadal is the record 12-time champion, putting together a four-year run from 2005-08 and a five-year streak from 2010-14, while he’s the current three-time defending champion from 2017-19. He has yet to drop a set at the French Open in 2020.

Djokovic is one of only two men to have beaten Nadal at Roland Garros, and is trying to become the first to defeat him in a final. The world no. 1 won the French Open in 2016 and is unbeaten in completed matches in 2020.

French Open men’s final tips: Novak Djokovic (1) vs Rafael Nadal (2)

The 56th meeting between Djokovic and Nadal is the two best players in the world facing off – Nadal (7/10 @ Paddy Power) is the favourite to win but Djokovic (13/10 @ bet365) has had the best of their rivalry in recent times.

Djokovic and Nadal’s journey to the final have been in contrast to each other. Nadal came into the French Open surrounded by questions after having played just three matches in the wake of a six-month absence from competition, the last a shock defeat to Diego Schwartzman. The cold conditions of an autumnal Roland Garros were meant to work against him, so were the new balls in use this year.

Meanwhile, Djokovic came in looking strong, having bounced back from his shock US Open default by winning the Rome Masters and yet to lose a completed match in 2020.

But Nadal has looked better and better as the fortnight has gone on and made the final without dropping a set, despite stern challenges (for at least a set) from Jannik Sinner and Schwartzman in the quarter- and semifinals. Djokovic meanwhile was physically hampered by a left neck/shoulder/arm injury in his four-set win over Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals, then was taken to five sets by Stefanos Tsitsipas despite having match point for a straight-sets win.

Djokovic has played down physical concerns ahead of the final and there is certainly a narrative that his injuries are less than legitimate, but even if you just consider the five-set semifinal he played (and the fact that he had one day less between quarter- and semifinals than Nadal), it puts him at a physical disadvantage in a match which is sure to be extremely physical.

Djokovic leads the overall head-to-head 29-26 and has won six of the 12 matches they’ve played from 2016-20, but the only matches they have played on clay in the past three years have all been victories for Nadal. Nadal found another level in the semifinals to give himself the best chance to win in straight sets and come into the final fresh; Djokovic couldn’t do the same.

French Open Men’s Final Tips: Djokovic vs Nadal Match Bets

With Nadal, the favourite, our prediction to win the match, here are some other match bets on Djokovic vs Nadal in the French Open final which look promising.

Of the 11 matches at Grand Slam level that Nadal and Djokovic have played in the past decade, six have gone above 36.5 games.

Since 2010, no match at Roland Garros between Nadal and Djokovic has been won by a margin of less than -5 games.

French Open Betting Tips: Men’s Champion

Nadal has never been beaten in the French Open final, and he comes into this one looking both fresher and fitter than Djokovic, which will play a crucial role.

The 12-time Roland Garros champion has won his recent matches on clay against Djokovic, and has adapted his game to the challenges of this autumnal tournament. He looks the likeliest winner of this titanic French Open final to me.

When is the French Open men’s final?

The French Open men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is live from Roland Garros, Paris from 3pm local/2pm BST.

How can I watch the French Open men’s final?

The French Open men’s final will be broadcast by ITV4 in the UK, and on Eurosport.

You can also live stream the match alongside live, in-play betting odds at bet365.

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French Open women’s predictions

Iga Swiatek won the 2020 French Open, beating Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

Stay tuned for 2021 predictions!

*all odds correct as of 17.48 BST on 10/10/2020

French Open 2020 tournament information

Name: French Open
Location: Paris, France
Venue: Stade Roland Garros
Dates: 27 September-11 October
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Clay
Draw Size: 128 singles
Most titles:
Men – Rafael Nadal (12)
Women – Chris Evert (7)
Reigning champions:
Men’s singles – Rafael Nadal
Women’s singles – Ashleigh Barty

French Open player performance

Who are the best-performing male players at Roland Garros?

PlayerTitlesFinals2019 resultWin-loss
Rafael Nadal12 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019)0Champion93-2
Roger Federer1 (2009)4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011)SF70-17
Novak Djokovic1 (2016)3 (2012, 2014, 2015)SF68-14
Stan Wawrinka1 (2015)1 (2017)QF42-14
Dominic Thiem02 (2018, 2019)Runner-up24-6
Andy Murray01 (2016)Didn’t play39-10

Who are the best-performing female players at Roland Garros?

PlayerTitlesFinals2019 resultWin-loss
Serena Williams3 (2002, 2013, 2015)1 (2016)R365-13
Simona Halep1 (2018)2 (2014, 2017)QF28-9
Svetlana Kuznetsova1 (2009)1 (2006)R152-16
Garbine Muguruza1 (2016)0R1624-5
Ashleigh Barty1 (2019)0Champion9-5
Jelena Ostapenko1 (2017)0R17-3
Kim Clijsters02 (2001, 2003)Didn’t play23-7
Sloane Stephens01 (2018)QF24-8