Men’s French Open Betting Predictions, Picks & Best Bets – June 7th

Men’s French Open Betting Predictions, Picks & Best Bets – June 7th

Men’s French Open Best Bets – June 7th

After a washout on Thursday, the final two semifinalists were determined on Thursday. Joining #2 Rafael Nadal and #3 Roger Federer will be #1 Novak Djokovic, who has won the last three Grand Slams, and #4 Dominic Thiem, last year’s runner-up. #5 Alex Zverev was serving for the first set, at 5-4, but Djokovic was able to break him, win the final four games and end up cruising to a three set win. Thiem needed less than two hours to dispatch #10 Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

Fans are in for a treat on Friday as #1 Novak Djokovic vs #4 Dominic Thiem and #2 Rafael Nadal vs #3 Roger Federer will be on display.

Here are my best bets for the semifinals of the French Open.

Rafael Nadal (-833) vs Roger Federer (+500)

Rafael Nadal tore through #7 Kei Nishikori, 6-1 6-1 6-3, in less than two hours, as the Spaniard continues to dominate at the French Open. Nadal is now through to his 12th career French Open semifinal and each of the previous 11 times he has won the title. Friday will be the 31st Grand Slam semifinal of his decorated career.

Roger Federer continued his dominance of #24 Stan Wawrinka beating him 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 and upping his H2H record to 23-3 against his country mate. The win pushes Federer through to his 8th French Open semifinal, first since 2012, and his 44th career Grand Slam semifinal.

Rafael Nadal continues to be the King of Clay and gets to the final.

Rafael Nadal leads the overall H2H 23-15 and leads 14-2 on clay. The two haven’t played on clay in 2013, and haven’t played on any surface since 2017, but Federer has won the last five matchups between the two.

Novak Djokovic (-227) vs Dominic Thiem (+175)

Novak Djokovic, who still has yet to lose a set this week, fought off a tough first set against #5 Alex Zverev to cruise into the semifinals at Roland-Garros. Djokovic has spent over two hours on court just twice, in five matches, this week and as he normally does just looks to be on another level during the Grand Slams. Djokovic advanced to his 9th French Open semifinal and his 35th career Grand Slam semifinal.

Dominic Thiem has turned it on right when it matters as he has played his two best matches of the tournament in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals. Thiem needed less than two hours, and did not face a single break point, in dispatching #10 Karen Khachanov in the quarters. Thiem is through to his 4th consecutive French Open semifinal and his 4th career Grand Slam semifinal.

I picked Dominic Thiem to win this tournament before hand and I am not backing down from that now. Take Thiem to get back to the final.

Novak Djokovic leads the overall H2H 6-2 and leads 3-2 on clay. The two recently met in the semifinals of Madrid when Djokovic came away with the win 7-6(2) 7-6(4).

YTD Tennis Results: 207-134

Men’s French Open Results: 15-6

Men’s French Open Best Bets – June 5th

The French Open has its first two semifinalists and, well, it is two very familiar faces. #3 Roger Federer advances to his 8th Roland-Garros semifinal after knocking out #24 Stan Wawrinka 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4. Federer will face #2 Rafael Nadal after Rafa obliterated #7 Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1 6-3. Rafa will be playing in his 12th semifinal at the French Open.

The final two quarterfinal matchups are #1 Novak Djokovic vs #5 Alex Zverev and #4 Dominic Thiem and #10 Karen Khachanov.

Here are my two best bets for Wednesday at the French Open.

Novak Djokovic (-833) vs Alex Zverev (+500)

Novak Djokovic took advantage of a tired opponent, in Jan-Lennard Struff, to win 6-3 6-2 6-2 in just one hour and 36 minutes. Djokovic has not lost a set this tournament, has not lost more than four games in a set and has spent over two hours on the court just one time this week. The Serb is now just three wins away from completing the Grand Slam for the second time in his career. Djokovic will be competing in his 44th career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Alex Zverev increased his winning streak to eight matches after a solid four set win over #9 Fabio Fognini on Monday. Zverev has not made things easy on himself as he has just two straight set wins, during his eight match win streak, and has had two five set matches during the French Open. This will be Zverev’s second career Grand Slam quarterfinal as he made the quarters at the French Open last season as well.

I like Novak Djokovic to get the win, but I do expect Alex Zverev to grab a set.

The overall H2H is tied 2-2, but Zverev leads the H2H on clay 1-0. The one time these two met on clay was the final of the 2017 Rome Masters when Zverev came away with a 6-4 6-3 win.

Dominic Thiem (-357) vs Karen Khachanov (+275)

Dominic Thiem put in his best performance of the week, on Monday, as he beat #14 Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4 6-2 in just one hour and 48 minutes. Thiem dropped a set in each of his first three matches this tournament and did not look like he had what it took to win this title, but his win Monday puts him right back in contention. This is Thiem’s 5th Grand Slam quarterfinal and his 4th consecutive at the French Open.

Karen Khachanov put forth a great performance Monday as the Russian was able to knock out #8 Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-3. Khachanov had a really tough start to the season, but he is now through to his biggest quarterfinal of his career and has a real chance of upsetting #4 Dominic Thiem on Wednesday. This will be Khachanov’s first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

I like Dominic Thiem to get the win and this one could be a very long match.

Karen Khachanov leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on clay. The only previous meeting between the two took place in the semifinals of the 2018 Paris Masters when Khachanov came away with a 6-4 6-1 win.

YTD Tennis Results: 205-132

Men’s French Open Results: 13-6

Men’s French Open Best Bets – June 4th

Monday, at the French Open, gave us our final five quarterfinalists for the men’s draw. #7 Kei Nishikori finished off his match from yesterday, against Benoit Paire, with a 6-2 6-7(10) 6-2 6-7(10) 7-5 win. The four scheduled matches on the day finished in relatively straightforward fashion with #1 Novak Djokovic taking out Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-2 6-2, #5 Alex Zverev beating #9 Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6(5) and #4 Dominic Thiem knocking off #14 Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4 6-2. The final match of the day saw #10 Karen Khachanov knock out #8 Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-3.

The two quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday is #2 Rafael Nadal vs #7 Kei Nishikori and #3 Roger Federer vs #24 Stan Wawrinka.

Here are my two best bets for Tuesday at the French Open.

Roger Federer (-278) vs Stan Wawrinka (+220)

Roger Federer got his 4th straight set win of the week with a 6-2 6-3 6-3 win, one hour and 45 minute, demolition of Leonardo Mayer. Federer has spent over two hours on court just once in his four matches and is averaging around one hour and 40 minutes per match. With his win on Sunday, Federer is through to his 54th career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Sunday, Stan Wawrinka participated in the match of the year with a five set, five hour, epic battle with #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Both guys fired over 60 winners and the big number in the match was break points saved. Tsitsipas saved nine of 14 break points while Wawrinka was able to save a remarkable 22 of 27 break points on his serve. What a match, but will the Swiss have any legs left for Federer? Wawrinka is through to his 16th career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

I like Roger Federer to get the win and advance to his 8th semifinal at Roland-Garros.

Roger Federer holds a commanding 22-3 overall record against Stan Wawrinka. On clay, Federer leads 5-2 with the most recent meeting on the dirt happening during the 2015 French Open quarterfinals.

Rafael Nadal (-5000) vs Kei Nishikori (+1600)

Rafael Nadal spent a little over two hours on court, Sunday, in his 6-2 6-3 6-3 win over Juan Londero. Rafa has lost just one set this week and is averaging around two hours and 20 minutes on court through his first four matches. Rafael Nadal is now through to his 38th career Grand Slam quarterfinal and his 13th at Roland-Garros.

Kei Nishikori has played two straight five set, and four hour, matches, but the Japanese #1 continues to show his fight and pull through in these long battles. Nishikori has already spent over 13 hours on the court which is the worst possible case scenario as he heads into a matchup with Rafael Nadal. Nishikori is through to his 11th career Grand Slam quarterfinal and his 4th consecutive one.

Rafael Nadal will cruise in this one. I would also not be surprised to see a Nishikori retirement at some point in this match.

Rafael Nadal leads the overall H2H 10-2 and leads on clay 4-0. The last meeting between the two was in the final of the 2018 Monte Carlo Masters where Nadal came away with a 6-3 6-2 win.

YTD Tennis Results: 203-130

Men’s French Open Results: 11-6

Men’s French Open Best Bets – June 3rd  

Only three of the four matches were completed, but tennis fans were given the match of the year on Sunday at the French Open. #24 Stan Wawrinka knocked off #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five set, five hour, thrilled that ended 8-6 in the 5th set. Both guys hit over 60 winners and both hit more winners than unforced errors on Sunday. What a match by these two. Thankfully, the Wawrinka/Tsitsipas match saved the day because #2 Rafael Nadal lost just eight games in his three set romp of Juan Londero and #3 Roger Federer also lost just eight games in his win over Leonardo Mayer. #7 Kei Nishikori vs Benoit Paire got suspended due to darkness, with Nishikori up 2-0 set wise, and will be concluded on Monday.

Monday’s matchups are: #1 Novak Djokovic vs Jan-Lennard Struff, #4 Dominic Thiem vs #14 Gael Monfils, #5 Alex Zverev vs #9 Fabio Fognini and #8 Juan Martin Del Potro vs #10 Karen Khachanov.

Here are my two best bets for Monday at the French Open.

Fabio Fognini (-125) vs Alex Zverev (+100)

Fabio Fognini won his third straight four set match with a 7-6(5) 6-4 4-6 6-1 win over #18 Roberto Bautista-Agut on Saturday. Fognini has had a tricky draw so far, but the Italian has been able to continue his good clay form and navigate his way to the Round of 16. Fognini was a quarterfinalist here in 2011, but fell to Marin Cilic during this stage last season.

Alex Zverev increased his win streak to seven matches with a five set win over #30 Dusan Lajovic on Saturday. Zverev sandwiched a straight set win over Mikael Ymer with two five set wins this week. Zverev has not had an easy time this week, or even during his title winning run last week, but the German is finally seeing some results. The German fell in the quarterfinals here last season to Dominic Thiem.

I like Alex Zverev to get the win and to advance to the quarterfinals.

Alex Zverev leads the overall H2H 2-1, but the H2H on clay is tied 1-1.

Dominic Thiem (-250) vs Gael Monfils (+200)

Dominic Thiem won his third consecutive four set match with a 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5 win over Pablo Cuevas. Thiem, who I picked to win this tournament, has looked far from his best this week and he will have to pick up his level of play if he wants to get past Gael Monfils. Thiem beat Kei Nishikori, in four sets, during the Round of 16 last season. Thiem has made three consecutive semifinals here and was a finalist last season.

Gael Monfils has been quite the opposite of Thiem, as the Frenchman has completely run through his three opponents so far this week. It has been a very comfortable draw for Monfils, but they level of play by him has been promising. Monfils is a four-time quarterfinalist here, but fell in the third round to David Goffin last season.

I like Dominic Thiem to get the win Monday.

Dominic Thiem leads the H2H 4-0 overall and 2-0 on clay. The two last met on the Buenos Aires clay, in 2018, when Thiem came away with a 6-2 6-1 win.

YTD Tennis Results: 199-129

Men’s French Open Results: 8-6

Men’s French Open Best Bets – June 2nd

Saturday at the French Open was business as usual for the men, except for one, as most of the favorites advanced and just one lower seeded player lost. Jan-Lennard Struff knocked off #13 Borna Coric in five tough sets to advance to the Round of 16. #1 Novak Djokovic, #4 Dominic Thiem, #5 Alex Zverev, #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, #8 Juan Martin Del Potro and #9 Fabio Fognini all advanced to the Round of 16.

Two good matches, and two one-sided affairs, are on the schedule for Sunday. #2 Rafael Nadal vs Juan Londero and #3 Roger Federer vs Leonardo Mayer should be two three set matches, but #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs #24 Stan Wawrinka and #7 Kei Nishikori vs Benoit Paire could be two very long matches.

Here are my two best bets for Sunday at the French Open.

Kei Nishikori (-175) vs Benoit Paire (+137)

Kei Nishikori was on the brink of elimination, twice, in his third round match against #32 Laslo Djere, but as he normally does, Nishikori fought tough and came away victory. This is Nishikori’s fourth straight Round of 16 appearance in Paris and a win Sunday will push the Japanese #1 through to his third quarterfinal here.

Benoit Paire extended his winning streak to eight after Pablo Carreno-Busta retired after going down two sets to one. Paire now sits at 21-6 on clay this season and won two of the previous six tournaments on clay. Paire, who is generally a good player on the surface, has never been to the Round of 16 in Paris. A win Sunday will move Paire into his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

I like Kei Nishikori to get the win and advance to the quarters.

Kei Nishikori leads the overall H2H 6-2 and leads on clay 3-0. The last meeting on clay took place in the Round of 64, last season, where Nishikori came away with a 6-3 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-3 win.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (-139) vs Stan Wawrinka (+110)

Stefanos Tsitsipas somehow keeps finding ways to win and he is through to the French Open Round of 16 after a four set, two day, win over Filip Krajinovic. Tsitsipas has played a lot of tennis this season and he is starting to look extremely tired on the court. But, the Greek keeps digging deep and finding ways to win. Tsitsipas has never made the quarterfinals here, but a win Sunday would be his second consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Stan Wawrinka concluded his straight set win, over Grigor Dimitrov, on Saturday winning 10-8 in the third set tiebreaker. Wawrinka did drop a set in his opening round match, but the Swiss is hitting the ball so well right now and he appears to be in very good form right now. Stan Wawrinka is a former winner, and two-time finalist, in Paris.

I don’t think there is much left in the tank for Tsitsipas, so I like Stan Wawrinka to get through to the quarters.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 197-128

Men’s French Open Results: 7-6

Men’s French Open Best Bets – June 1st     

Friday provided some great matches as the French Open is really heating up on the men’s side. Three five setters and two four setters really provided some exciting tennis on Friday. #7 Kei Nishikori outlasted #32 Laslo Djere in one of the best matches this week. Nishikori fell down 0-3 in the final set, but came back to win 8-6 and advance. #2 Rafael Nadal and #3 Roger Federer were the other seeded players to come away victorious on Friday.  #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas match was suspended due to darkness with the Greek leading Filip Krajinovic two sets to zero. #24 Stan Wawrinka also had his match suspended due to darkness after just winning the second set tiebreak to go up 2-0 against Grigor Dimitrov.

The premier matchup on Saturday is #9 Fabio Fognini vs #18 Roberto Bautista-Agut, but #4 Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Cuevas and #5 Alex Zverev vs #30 Dusan Lajovic are also two interesting matchups.

Here are my two best bets for Saturday at the French Open.

Borna Coric (-250) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (+200)

Borna Coric is through to the third round of the French Open after a straight set win over George Harris on Thursday. Coric was broken just once in his match Thursday which is the only time in his opening two matches the Croat has lost his serve. Coric has won three matches in a row just once this clay season, but he has a great chance to make that two times on Saturday.

Jan-Lennard Struff continued his strong clay campaign with a four set win over Radu Albot on Thursday. This result is already the best result the German has ever had at the French Open and a win Saturday would give Struff his best result in any Grand Slam.

I like Borna Coric to advance to the Round of 16.

The H2H is tied 2-2, but Borna Coric leads 1-0 on the clay. That clay meeting happened in the Round of 32, last year in Madid, where Coric cruised to a 6-0 6-2 win.

Juan Martin Del Potro (-333) vs Jordan Thompson (+250)

Juan Martin Del Potro was given all he could handle from Yoshihito Nishioka, in the second round, but the big Argentine was able to stay tough and win in five sets. Del Potro is defending semifinal points here this week, but, due to injury, the Argentine has played just nine matches all of 2019.

Jordan Thompson has taken advantage of a favorable draw to advance to his best Grand Slam result. Thompson broke big serving Ivo Karlovic three times, in their second round match, and did not face a single break point on his serve to set up this third round matchup with Del Potro.

I like Juan Martin Del Potro to get the win and advance to the Round of 16.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 195-126

Men’s French Open Results: 6-5

Men’s French Open Best Bets – May 31st    

Thursday at the French Open provided fans with 16 main draw matches and three big time upsets. The biggest upset of the day was Antoine Hoang, who went off at +500, knocking out #23 Fernando Verdasco in four sets. The other two big upsets were Salvatore Caruso (+250) dismantling #26 Gilles Simon in three sets and Leonardo Mayer (+250) finishing what he started yesterday and knocking out #17 Diego Schwartzman. #1 Novak Djokovic, #4 Dominic Thiem, #5 Alex Zverev and #9 Fabio Fognini all advanced to the third round Thursday.

Friday’s big match is probably #2 Rafael Nadal vs #27 David Goffin, but #24 Stan Wawrinka vs Grigor Dimitrov and #7 Kei Nishikori vs #31 Laslo Djere are two other interesting matchups on the day. #3 Roger Federer and #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas are also in action on Friday.

Here are my two best bets for Friday at the French Open.

Pablo Carreno-Busta (-175) vs Benoit Paire (+137)

Pablo Carreno-Busta entered the French Open 0-5 on clay this season and without a win since losing in Austrailian Open Round of 16, but the Spaniard has looked flawless so far in Paris. Carreno-Busta opened his French Open with a dominant 6-3 6-1 6-2 win over Joao Sousa and then followed that up with a 6-3 6-1 6-1 win over #21 Alex De Minaur. The Spaniard has spent just over three and a half hours on court through his two matches.

Benoit Paire, on the other hand, spent four and 33 minutes during just his last match. The Frenchman increased his win streak to seven after an epic five set thriller against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Paire was serving to win the match in straight sets, but Herbert was able to get the break and the two played out two more great sets. Paire has spent just under seven hours on court already this week and, combined with him winning a title just last week, fatigue could be setting in.

I like Pablo Carreno-Busta to get the win and advance to the Round of 16.

Benoit Paire leads the overall H2H 6-3 and leads the H2H on clay 3-2. The most previous meeting between the two was in the Barcelona Round of 32, this season, when Paire came away with a 6-4 6-7(9) 6-1 win.

Juan Londero (-227) vs Corentin Moutet (+175)

Juan Londero scored his second consecutive upset on Wednesday with a four set win over veteran Richard Gasquet. Londero never had a main draw win, in any ATP tournament, prior to the 2019 season, but the Argentine has won his first ATP tournament and is now through to the French Open third round.

Corentin Moutet did not have a main draw ATP win prior to Lyon last week, but is now through to the third round of the French Open after a massive upset on Wednesday. The 20-year-old took out #19 Guido Pella in four sets and is through to his best result of his career.

It is amazing that one of these two guys will be in the Round of 16, but I like Corentin Moutet to continue his breakthrough tournament.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 194-124

Men’s French Open Results: 6-4

 

Men’s French Open Best Bets – May 30th   

Wednesday at the French Open saw 15 completed second round matches with one match interrupted due to darkness. The big upset of the day was Corentin Moutet, who went off at +250, knocking off #19 Guido Pella in three sets. With that upset win the draw has completely opened up for Rafael Nadal to cruise to the quarterfinals. Two other seeds were sent home Wednesday as #21 Alex De Minaur was brushed aside 6-3 6-1 6-1 by Pablo Carreno-Busta and #11 Marin Cilic was sent packing by Grigor Dimitrov in a five set thriller. #2 Rafael Nadal, #3 Roger Federer, #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and #7 Kei Nishikori were also all victorious on Wednesday.

Thursday does not have a premier match, but #1 Novak Djokovic, #4 Dominic Thiem, #5 Alex Zverev, #8 Juan Martin Del Potro, #9 Fabio Fognini, #10 Karen Khachanov, #13 Borna Coric, #14 Gael Monfils, #18 Roberto Bautista-Agut, #22 Lucas Pouille, #26 Gilles Simon, #28 Kyle Edmund and #30 Dusan Lajovic all are in action.

Here are my two best bets for Thursday at the French Open.

Fabio Fognini (-250) vs Federico Delbonis (+200)

Fabio Fognini kick started his 12th French Open with a four set win over Andreas Seppi Tuesday. Fognini won the title in Monte Carlo and made two Round of 16 appearances, in Madrid and Rome, during his Road to Roland-Garros. Fognini fell in the fourth round to Marin Cilic last season.

Federico Delbonis started his 7th French Open with a four set win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Tuesday. Delbonis had a rough clay court run-up to Roland Garros, but he surely took some confidence from his semifinal run in Geneva last week. The Argentine fell in the second round to Pablo Carreno Busta last season.

I like Fabio Fognini to get the win Thursday.

Fabio Fognini leads the overall H2H 4-2 and leads on clay 3-2. The last meeting took place in the quarterfinals of Bastad, last season, where Fognini came away with a 6-4 6-3 win.

Jordan Thompson (-189) vs Ivo Karlovic (+150)

Jordan Thompson started his 4th French Open with a solid three set win over up and comer Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Thompson has not had much success on the main tour this clay season, but he has a nice chance to get to the third round here. The Aussie lost to Casper Ruud here last season.

40-year-old Ivo Karlovic knocked off 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez in four sets Tuesday to get his 14th French Open started with a win. Karlovic won his first ATP title on the clay, but that was way back in 2007 as the Croat has struggled on the surface since most of his career. The big serving Karlovic fell in the first round to Corentin Moutet last season.

I like Ivo Karlovic to serve great and pull off the slight upset.

Ivo Karlovic leads the overall H2H 2-0 and leads on clay 1-0. The one clay meeting took place here in 2016 when Karlovic came away with a five set win.

YTD Tennis Results: 192-122

Men’s French Open Results: 5-3

 

Men’s French Open Best Bets – May 29th   

The first round is officially over after a 22 match Tuesday at Roland-Garros. Of the 22 matches there were five slight upsets with the biggest upset being Antoine Hoang, who went off at +240, knocking out Damir Dzumhur in four sets. It was a pretty straightforward day as no seeds were beaten and most were not really pushed.

Wednesday starts the second round and there are some nice matchups scheduled to take place. #7 Kei Nishikori vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the match of the day, but #11 Marin Cilic vs Grigor Dimitrov and #24 Stan Wawrinka vs Cristian Garin are two other matchups to keep an eye on. #2 Rafael Nadal, #3 Roger Federer and #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas are also all in action Wednesday.

Here are my two best bets for Wednesday at the French Open.

Stan Wawrinka (-189) vs Cristian Garin (+150)

Stan Wawrinka kick started his 15th French Open with a four set win over Jozef Kovalik. Wawrinka played a really nice match, firing 19 aces with 0 double faults, and did not get broken one time on his serve. The Swiss won the title here in 2015, progressed to the semifinals in 2016, and reached the final once again in 2016, so Wawrinka has had plenty of success on the Parisian clay. He fell in the first round, to Guillermo Garcia Lopez, last season.

Cristian Garin won his first ever Grand Slam main draw match, Monday, with a solid three set win over big serving Reilly Opelka. Garin did not lose his serve once all match and the Chilean stayed tough in tiebreaks to come away with the win. Garin is in the midst of his breakthrough season having won the title in Munich and Houston.

Stan Wawrinka gets the win Wednesday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Marin Cilic (-227) vs Grigor Dimitrov (+175)

Marin Cilic got his 13th French Open with a solid straight set win over Thomas Fabbiano. Cilic did not have a great prep for Roland-Garros, besides a quarterfinal run in Madrid, but the Croat has had some success in Paris. The Croat was knocked out in the quarters last season by Juan Martin Del Potro. It was his second consecutive quarterfinal at the French Open.

Grigor Dimitrov, who is playing in his 9th French Open, with a three hour, five set win, over Janko Tipsarevic. It looked the Bulgarian was going to cruise to a straight set win, as he was up 6-3 6-0 1-0, but Dimitrov’s play really took a turn downward. Regardless, Dimitrov will take any win at the moment as he has been stuck in a year and a half rut. Dimitrov lost to Fernando Verdasco in the third round last season.

I like Marin Cilic to get the win on Wednesday.

Marin Cilic leads the H2H 4-1, but this will be the first meeting on clay. Cilic has won three straight matchups between the two, all on hard courts, including a win at the Paris Masters last season.

YTD Tennis Results: 189-121

Men’s French Open Results: 4-2

Men’s French Open Best Bets – May 28th   

Roland-Garros 2019 started Sunday, but the actin really started heating up on Monday. 28 matches took place on the ground of Roland-Garros and there were plenty of upsets and some nice five set thrillers. There were five, five set matches on Monday and two seeds were sent packing in those five setters. #12 Daniil Medvedev blew a 2-0 set lead and fell to Pierre Hugues-Herbert and #32 Frances Tiafoe lost the 5th set 6-0 in his loss to Filip Krajinovic. #28 Kyle Edmund is tied 5-5 in the 5th set against Jeremy Chardy with that match suspended due to darkness. #15 Nikoloz Basilashvili and #20 Denis Shapovalov each saw their hopes ended in the first round. #1 Novak Djokovic, #2 Rafael Nadal, #21Alex De Minaur and #26 Gilles Simon all took care of their first round opponents in three sets.

On Tuesday, #5 Alex Zverev, #8 Juan Martin Del Potro, #9 Fabio Fognini, #10 Karen Khachanov, #14 Gael Monfils, #18 Roberto Bautista-Agut, #22 Lucas Pouille, #23 Fernando Verdasco and #30 Dusan Lajovic will all make the 2019 French Open debut.

Here are my two best bets for Tuesday at the French Open.

Cam Norrie (-175) vs Elliot Benchetrit (+137)

Cam Norrie prepared for his 2nd French Open with five warmup tournaments in the USA and Europe. The Brit #2 saw very poor results on the Road to Roland Garros as he suffered first round losses in Houston, Barcelona and Lyon, a second round loss in Rome and a third round loss in Monte Carlo. Last season, in his first French Open, Norrie was sent packing in the second round by Lucas Pouille.

Elliot Benchetrit prepared for his 2nd French Open with five total clay events, with four of those events taking place on the Challenger circuit. Benchetrit failed to qualify in Marrakech, his lone ATP tournament this clay swing and the Frenchman also suffered first round losses in the Challenger events in Tunisia and Aix en Provence. The 20-year-old did make a run to the quarters at the Challenger event in Lisbon, but also suffered second round defeats in Bordeaux and Sophia Antipolis. Last year, Benchetrit lost to Gael Monfils, in four sets, as he suffered a first round exit.

I like Cam Norrie to get the win Tuesday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (-200) vs Jordan Thompson (+162)

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is ready for his first ever Grand Slam match after a pretty successful last two months on the surface. The Spaniard competed in two Challenger events, and three ATP main draws, and was able to make it to two semifinals including his maiden ATP semifinal at Estoril. The 19-year-old did not compete during this part of the season last year.

Jordan Thompson enters his 4th French Open off the heels of an up and down Road to Roland Garros. The Aussie played in two ATP events and two Challenger events and saw mixed results in all four tournaments. Thompson opened the clay swing with a quarterfinal appearance in Houston but then lost in the second round in his next event, a Challenger event in An-Ning. Thompson stayed in China for one more week and lost in the final of Nanchang then went back up to the main tour where he suffered a first round defeat in Geneva. The Aussie lost in five sets to Casper Ruud last year to bow out in the first round.

I like Jordan Thompson to pull off the upset Tuesday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 186-119

Men’s French Open Results: 2-1

Men’s French Open Best Bets – May 27th   

Roland-Garros 2019 got underway Sunday and it was all chalk besides on major upset. Nicolas Mahut, who went off at +700 and is currently ranked #253 in the world, came back from two sets down to knock out last year’s semifinalist #16 Marco Cecchinato.  #3 Roger Federer, #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, #7 Kei Nishikori, #11 Marin Cilic, #27 David Goffin and #31 Laslo Djere all opened up their campaigns with straight set victories while #29 Matteo Berrettini needed four sets and #17 Diego Schwartzman needed five sets to advance.

On Monday, #1 Novak Djokovic, #2 Rafael Nadal, #4 Dominic Thiem, #12 Daniil Medvedev, #13 Borna Coric, #15 Nikoloz Basilashvili, #19 Guido Pella, #20 Denis Shapovalov, #21 Alex De Minaur, #24 Stan Wawrinka, #26 Gilles Simon, #28 Kyle Edmund and #32 Frances Tiafoe all get their campaigns started.

Here are my two best bets for Monday at the French Open.

Nikoloz Basilashvili (-189) vs Juan Londero (+150)

Nikoloz Basilashvili prepares for his 5th French Open after a relatively disappointing warmup. The Georgian competed in five clay tournaments this season and, besides for the quarterfinal run last week in Lyon, Basilashvili suffered first round defeats in Monte Carlo and Madrid, a second round defeat in Budapest and a third round defeat in Rome. Basilashvili made the third round here, in 2017, but fell to Gilles Simon in the first round here last season.

Juan Londero prepares for his first ever min draw Grand Slam match after seeing his ranking rise up after a successful South American clay swing. The Argentine won his first ever ATP match, and tournament, in Cordoba, but has struggled since, particularly in Europe. During the European clay swing, Londero failed to qualify for Madrid, fell in the first round of Monte Carlo and Barcelona and fell in the second round of Marrakech, Munich and Geneva.

I like Nikoloz Basilashvili to get the win on Monday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Kyle Edmund (-139) vs Jeremy Chardy (+110)

Kyle Edmund enters his 5th French Open on the heels of the worst clay court prep he could have imagined. The Brit opened up his clay swing with a first round win in Marrakech and did not win a clay match after that. Edmund lost his second round match to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and then fell in the first round of Monte Carlo, Munich, Madrid and Rome. Kyle Edmund’s best result at the French Open was a third round appearance last season where he eventually fell to Fabio Fognini in five sets.

Jeremy Chardy enters his 13th French Open after a fairly poor lead up. The veteran Frenchman competed in six clay tournaments and suffered first round losses at Houston, Monte Carlo and Lyon. A third round result in Madrid was his best result of the clay swing. Chardy has gotten to the 4th round two times here, but fell in the second round to Pierre-Hugues Herbert last season.

I like Kyle Edmund to finally get another win on clay.

The H2H is tied 1-1 with both meetings taking place on clay. Both meetings took place in 2017 with Kyle Edmund winning in the Round of 64 at Barcelona, 6-3 6-4, and Jeremy Chardy winning a Davis Cup affair 6-4 6-4.

YTD Tennis Results: 186-116

Men’s French Open Results: 2-0

 

Roland-Garros 2019 is finally here and 16 matches on Sunday get the tournament off and running. Nine seeded players get their French Open campaign started as #3 Roger Federer, #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, #7 Kei Nishikori, #11 Marin Cilic, #16 Marco Cecchinato, #17 Diego Schwartzman, #27 David Goffin, #29 Matteo Berrettini and #31 Laslo Djere are all scheduled to play.

Here are my two best bets for the first day of action at the French Open.

Laslo Djere (-152) vs Albert Ramos (+120)

Laslo Djere enters the French Open as the #31 seed, but will probably be disappointed with how his European clay swing went. This is the first time the Serb has been seeded at a Grand Slam and he can thank his South American clay swing for that. Djere won his first ATP title, in Rio, and backed that up with a semifinal run in Sao Paulo the next week. However, in Europe, Djere has struggled a bit with two first round exits, in Marrakech and Monte Carlo, a second round exit in Rome and a third round exit in Madrid. The only bright spot was a run to the semifinals in Budapest where he fell easily to Matteo Berrettini. Djere lost in the first round, to Martin Klizan, here in 2018 and, in fact, is still searching for his first win at Roland Garros.

Albert Ramos comes into Roland Garros after a quarterfinal run in Geneva last week. That quarterfinal run was his best result of the European clay swing as the Spaniard had fallen in the first round of Marrakech, Munich and Madrid and suffered second round defeats in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. During the South American clay court swing, Ramos sandwiched two second round defeats with back-to-back quarterfinal runs in Buenos Aires and Rio. Albert Ramos is a former Roland Garros quarterfinalist, back in 2016, but he fell in the third round to Juan Martin del Potro in 2018.

I like Laslo Djere to get his first Grand Slam win and advance on Sunday.

Albert Ramos leads the overall H2H, and H2H on clay, 1-0. The only previous meeting took place in 2017, at Marrakech, where Ramos won 6-7(4) 6-1 6-4.

Leonardo Mayer (-152) vs Jiri Vesely (+120)

Leonardo Mayer prepares for his 10th French Open in the midst of his career worst season. The Argentine is currently on a three match losing streak, back to back first round defeats, and has not made it past the second round of a clay tournament in 2019. Mayer has competed in nine clay tournaments in 2019 and he has fell in the first round three times, failed to qualify two times and fell in the second round four times. The Argentine has made it to the third round five of his nine previous trips, but he fell to Julien Benneteau in the first round last season.

Jiri Vesely enters his 7th French Open with not a lot of main draw matches, on the clay, under his belt. Vesely has competed in just two ATP clay events, but did compete in five Challenger events, where the Czech cannot be pleased with his results. In his five Challenger events, Vesely did make two quarterfinals, but he also suffered two first round defeats and one second round defeat. In his ATP clay events, Vesely made it to the quarters of Marrakech, but was forced to withdrawal, and then suffered a first round defeat in Lyon last week. Vesely made the third round here in 2017, but fell in the first round to Dusan Lajovic here last season.

This is a great opportunity for both guys to get a main draw Grand Slam win and I like Leonardo Mayer to get the job done.

Leonardo Mayer leads the H2H 5-1 and leads on clay 3-1. The two have not played since Hamburg 2017 where the Argentine came out on top 7-6(4) 6-3

YTD Tennis Results: 182-116

Men’s French Open Results:

 

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