French Open 2021 Tips, Predictions & Preview

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French Open Tips

The 2021 French Open draws to a close with Novak Djokovic facing Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men's singles final on Sunday.

French Open Tips, Predictions & Preview

Expert tips, predictions and daily best bets for the French Open, live from Roland Garros in Paris between May 30 and June 13.


Who will win the French Open in 2021?

Read on below as we provide daily best bets and multis for the French Open, along with our predictions and tips for the outright winner.


Best Bet For Sunday June 13

Men’s singles final

Novak Djokovic to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas & both players to win a set at $2.40 with Bet365

Djokovic goes in search of his 19th Grand Slam title when he comes up against Tsitsipas in the French Open final on Sunday.

After conquering Rafael Nadal in a four-set epic in the semi-finals, Djokovic now turns his attention to arguably the brightest young prospect in men’s tennis for the title match.

Tsitsipas will be contesting his first major final and has a ton of momentum having won more matches than anyone else in 2021.

However, we will be backing Djokovic to come out on top – but it should prove to be a competitive final.

Tsitsipas has taken a set off Djokovic in their last two meetings and both are very relevant to this clash. Tsitsipas went down in a tight three-setter in Rome last month, while he also stretched the World No. 1 to five sets at Roland Garros in last year’s semi-finals.

Additionally, Djokovic – save for his extraordinary level against Nadal – hasn’t been entirely convincing in Paris and has dropped a set in his last three matches, including vs Berrettini and Musetti.

Tsitsipas’ time will surely come, but it’s just too tough to back against Djokovic in major final.


Daily Multi Tips

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French Open Seeds

MEN

  • 1. Novak Djokovic
  • 2. Daniil Medvedev
  • 3. Rafael Nadal
  • 4. Dominic Thiem
  • 5. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • 6. Alexander Zverev
  • 7. Andrey Rublev
  • 8. Roger Federer
  • 9. Matteo Berrettini
  • 10. Diego Schwartzman
  • 11. Roberto Bautista Agut
  • 12. Pablo Carreño Busta
  • 13. David Goffin
  • 14. Gaël Monfils
  • 15. Casper Ruud
  • 16. Grigor Dimitrov
  • 17. Milos Raonic
  • 18. Jannik Sinner
  • 19. Hubert Hurkacz
  • 20. Félix Auger-Aliassime
  • 21. Alex de Minaur
  • 22. Cristian Garín
  • 23. Karen Khachanov
  • 24. Aslan Karatsev
  • 25. Dan Evans
  • 26. Lorenzo Sonego
  • 27. Fabio Fognini
  • 28. Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • 29. Ugo Humbert
  • 30. Taylor Fritz
  • 31. John Isner
  • 32. Reilly Opelka


WOMEN

  • 1. Ashleigh Barty
  • 2. Naomi Osaka
  • 3. Aryna Sabalenka
  • 4. Sofia Kenin
  • 5. Elina Svitolina
  • 6. Bianca Andreescu
  • 7. Serena Williams
  • 8. Iga Swiatek
  • 9. Karolina Pliskova
  • 10. Belinda Bencic
  • 11. Petra Kvitova
  • 12. Garbiñe Muguruza
  • 13. Jennifer Brady
  • 14. Elise Mertens
  • 15. Victoria Azarenka
  • 16. Kiki Bertens
  • 17. Maria Sakkari
  • 18. Karolina Muchova
  • 19. Johanna Konta
  • 20. Marketa Vondrousova
  • 21. Elena Rybakina
  • 22. Petra Martic
  • 23. Madison Keys
  • 24. Coco Gauff
  • 25. Ons Jabeur
  • 26. Angelique Kerber
  • 27. Alison Riske
  • 28. Jessica Pegula
  • 29. Veronika Kudermetova
  • 30. Anett Kontaveit
  • 31. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • 32. Ekaterina Alexandrova

French Open Tips & Predictions (men)

Who will win the men’s French Open in 2021?

As has been the case for about the last 15 years now, it’s almost impossible to back against Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

Nadal has won 100 of his 102 matches at Roland Garros, securing an extraordinary 13 titles – including in 2020, where he stormed to the silverware without dropping a set, crushing Novak Djokovic in a one-sided final.

The King of Clay hasn’t been at his dominant best on the surface leading up to Roland Garros this time around, but he’s still managed to win titles in Barcelona (def. Stefanos Tsitsipas) and Rome (def. Djokovic), so he’s peaking when it matters most.

Nadal obviously knows what it takes to time his run right heading into the French Open and you’d be a brave man to bet against him over the upcoming fortnight.

Djokovic, the current World No. 1 and Australian Open champion, has won 16 of his 19 matches in 2021, but he hasn’t won a title on clay this season, losing to Dan Evans in Monte-Carlo, Aslan Karatsev in Belgrade and Nadal in Rome.

If Nadal somehow loses before the final, Djokovic is the most likely to pounce, but if they meet in the title match as expected, we can’t see the Serbian coming out on top judging by their form this European clay season.

Dominic Thiem probably would have already won a couple of French Open titles if it wasn’t for Nadal, but the Austrian has been in poor form since returning from injury, losing in the Madrid semi-finals to Alexander Zverev, the R16 in Rome to Lorenzo Sonego and his opening match last week in Lyon to Cameron Norrie, going down 6-2 6-3.

Thiem lost in the quarter-finals last year to Diego Schwartzman immediately after winning the US Open and isn’t looking great heading into this season’s tournament.

Roger Federer can never be discounted, but the Swiss legend has barely played over the last year and lost to Pablo Andujar in his only lead-in match on clay in Geneva. Not exactly the form line you want heading into the most brutal major of them all.

The most likely champion outside of Nadal and Djokovic in our eyes is Stefanos Tsitsipas – he pushed Nadal all the way in an epic Barcelona final, while he also captured his maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo, beating Andrey Rublev in the final (Rublev had earlier beaten Nadal).

Tsitsipas has won more matches than anyone on tour this season and has the belief that he can beat the top players – case in point, his come-from-behind five-set win over Nadal at the Australian Open earlier this season.

In terms of value, Rublev and Karatsev are players to keep an eye on. Rublev, as mentioned, defeated Nadal in Monte-Carlo and is one of the most consistent players on tour – but he has repeatedly stumbled at the latter stages of slams against the game’s elite.

Karatsev took out Djokovic in Belgrade and has maintained the ridiculously high level he performed at the Australian Open throughout the season, but potentially needing to beat Nadal and Djokovic in the same tournament over the best of five sets is almost certainly out of reach – as it is for pretty much everyone else in the draw.

Overall, Nadal is the man to beat once again, Djokovic is the most likely if the Spaniard slips up, while Tsitsipas, Rublev and Karatsev are capable of making an impact.


French Open Tips & Predictions

Who will win the women’s French Open in 2021?

Unlike the men’s field, the women’s French Open is once again wide open as any number of about 20 players have genuine title ambitions.

Iga Swiatek is the defending champion after her stunning surge to a maiden major title at Roland Garros last season without dropping a set – and she’s favourite to defend her crown having obliterated Karolina Pliskova 6-0 6-0 in the Rome final a couple of weeks ago.

However, no female player has won back-to-back French Open titles since Justin Henin from 2005-07, while Swiatek has never had the experience of defending slam titles before. All things considered, there’s not much value in backing the defending champion.

There’s also technically another defending champion in the draw, with 2019 winner Ash Barty returning after missing last year’s event.

Barty suffered a disappointing quarter-final exit at the Australian Open to Karolina Muchova, but the Aussie has been in tremendous form since touching back down on clay and comes into the French Open having won 27 of her 32 matches in 2021.

The World No. 1 defeated three top 10 players on the bounce to win the Stuttgart title (Pliskova, Svitolina and Sabalenka), while she also finished runner-up in Madrid, beating Swiatek and Petra Kvitova before going down in three sets to Sabalenka.

Speaking of Sabalenka, the Belarusian is due a deep run at a slam and will take confidence into the French Open following her triumph in Madrid – although consistency remains an issue for Sabalenka after she lost to Coco Gauff in the R16 in Rome shortly after Madrid.

Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the best player in the world on hardcourt, but she hasn’t had much success on clay during her career and her lead-in form isn’t anything to write home about. It would be surprising if Osaka suddently put it all together at Roland Garros this fortnight.

Serena Williams, like Federer in the men’s draw, can never be counted out, but the legendary American has struggled recently on clay, losing to Tsvetana Pironkova at last year’s French Open in the second round, while she also went down to Nadia Podoroska and Katerina Siniakova in Rome and Parma.

Former champion Garbine Muguruza could be one to watch, but she’s only played the one tournament on European clay leading into the French Open due to injury, going down in the R16 in Rome. However, at her best, Muguruza is almost unstoppable and if she can navigate herself into the second week, nobody would want to face the Spaniard with matches under her belt.

In terms of value, Jessica Pegula – the Australian Open semi-finalist – could be one to keep an eye out for at $101 with UniBet. The American certainly wasn’t disgraced in her two clay lead-in events, going down to Sabalenka in the R16 of Madrid and Petra Martic in the quarter-finals of Rome after earlier beating Osaka.

Paula Badosa – the 23-year-old Spanish clay courter – is also in tremendous form, making the Madrid semi-finals and winning her maiden WTA title in Belgrade this past weekend.

We think Barty is the slight favourite and can once again take advantage of an unpredictable women’s field, while Muguruza can make an impact if fit.


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