The French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud features as Bettingpro.com.au’s best bet for Sunday June 5.
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- Nadal is 13-0 in French Open finals
- Nadal is 21-8 in Grand Slam finals
- Seven of Nadal’s eight defeats in major finals came against Djokovic & Federer
- Nadal hasn’t lost to a player not named Djokovic at Roland Garros since 2009
- Ruud has never faced a top 10 player in a final before
- Ruud lost his previous biggest match of his career in straight sets to Alcaraz in Miami final
- Ruud has dropped at least one set in five of his six matches this tournament
Nadal vs Ruud Tips, Prediction & Preview
We’re off to the French Open for today’s best bet as Rafael Nadal looks to capture a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title when he comes up against first-time major finalist Casper Ruud.
Facing Nadal in the French Open final is the toughest test in all of tennis. The King of Clay has won all 13 of his previous French Open finals and has an extraordinary record in Grand Slam finals overall, holding a 21-8 record.
Only Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have managed to beat Nadal in a major showpiece, so that’s the challenge in front of Ruud today. The Norwegian is an excellent clay courter (nobody has won more matches or titles on the surface since 2020), but the bulk of those victories came at 250-level and he’s never actually faced a top 10 player in a final before.
It’s incredible to think that in 2009, Pete Sampras held the record for most Grand Slam titles with 14 and now Nadal is on the verge of winning that many at Roland Garros alone.
Nadal has only lost three matches at the French Open in his career, with two coming against Djokovic and the other against Robin Soderling back in 2009. It’s obviously highly unlikely, if near impossible, that Ruud can add his name to that list.
The 36-year-old Nadal has already conquered three top 10 players en route to the final in Felix Auger-Aliassime, Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. If he beats one more in Ruud, he will become just the third player to beat four top 10 opponents to win a major title.
Ruud deserves his spot in the final, no question about it, but he did take advantage of a lopsided draw to be the sole survivor in the bottom half. The 23-year-old has dropped at least one set in five of his six matches and hasn’t really been convincing at any stage throughout the tournament.
It will be the first meeting between the pair, but they are certainly no strangers, with Nadal and Ruud practicing multiple times at the former’s academy in Mallorca. Ruud has spoken about how Nadal was his idol growing up, so that’s a mental aspect worth noting as well.
Overall, Nadal to win this final in straight sets is great value. He’s almost impossible to beat at Roland Garros and nobody’s ever toppled him in a French Open final. Ruud almost certainly won’t be the first and he’ll count himself lucky to win just one set.
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