French Open Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks

French Open

  • Khachanov under threat
  • Expect a tie-break in Struff v Rublev
  • Martin, Marterer can claim upsets

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French Open Picks

Jiri Vesely to beat Karen Khachanov at +285 at PointsBet

Over 0.5 tie-breaks in Karen Khachanov v Jiri Vesely at -125 at bet365

Over 0.5 tie-breaks in Jan-Lennard Struff v Andrey Rublev at +125 at bet365

Andrej Martin to beat Reilly Opelka at +200 at bet365

Max Marterer to beat Filip Krajinovic at +240 at bet365

Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the French Open at +450 at William Hill

How to Watch the French Open

French Open Information
What French Open
Location Roland Garros, Paris, France
Time Sunday, May 30 to Sunday, June 13
How to Watch NBC and Tennis Channel

Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely

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Karen Khachanov -350
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Jiri Vesely +275
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There are two bets I like in this match which will take place on an opening day – Sunday.

I’ll take a chance on Vesely pulling off the upset at a big price (+275) with Khachanov having struggled to find anything like his best level during the ongoing clay season.

He’s won only four of nine matches and two of those were against opponents ranked outside the top 100. His last match brought a 6-1 6-1 defeat to Briton Cam Norrie in Lyon, a match which highlights another problem.

Khachanov has a poor record against left-handers and Vesely is another of those.

The Russian has lost 11 of his 16 claycourt matches against lefties and while one of the wins was against Vesely at this venue last season, it was a very close contest which saw three of the four sets go to a tie-break. That brings me to the second bet – a tie-break to be played.

Khachanov played a breaker in three of his four matches in Lyon, while Vesely has had one in six of his last 10, albeit not all at tour level.

Given the pair’s history on these courts, backing another makes a lot of sense.

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Jan-Lennard Struff vs Andrey Rublev

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Jan-Lennard Struff +125
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The chance of a tie-break also looks to have been under-estimated in this match.

There was one in the first set when these two met in Rome recently and conditions will be pretty similar here. That was their fifth career meeting. Four have seen a tie-break. That match also forms part of a strong run of matches featuring tie-breaks for both players.

Struff has now played a breaker in six of his last nine matches, while for Rublev the figures are five of seven.

With both men possessing strong serves and plenty of power off the ground for their next shot, it would be no surprise to see another here and odds-against about that happening looks a good wager.

Reilly Opelka vs Andrej Martin

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Reilly Opelka -250
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Looking for more potential upsets, Martin is an underdog who makes appeal in round one.

He found some good form in Belgrade last week where he beat both Nikoloz Basilashvili and home hope Dusan Lajovic before taking a set off world number one Novak Djokovic. He’ll now have to deal with Opelka’s howitzer of a serve, one which did a lot of damage in Rome recently.

However, I feel the markets have paid too much attention to what Opelka did that week, impressive as his run to semi-finals was. Martin knows his way around a claycourt and as long as he maintains his focus when the aces are whizzing past him, he should get plenty of joy when the rallies do unfurl.

He hasn’t had a lot of experience of dealing with a serve of this nature so we can’t be sure how he’ll cope but I see this match being closer than the prices suggest.

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Max Marterer vs Filip Krajinovic

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Max Marterer +240
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Krajinovic is struggling for form and fitness coming into this match and looks worth taking on.

The Serb, who had been affected by a foot problem previously, pulled out of events in Geneva and Belgrade in the lead-up to Roland Garros. That means he’ll arrive on a three-match losing streak.

Marterer’s career hasn’t developed as many expected it to but the German has just enjoyed a strong qualifying campaign – he lost just five games across the last two rounds – so he’s bedded into these courts and conditions.

At +240, he looks like a player capable of delivering an early upset.

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Best Outright Pick

Stefanos Tsitsipas has gone close to beating tournament favorite Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic in recent weeks and looks ready to challenge for the title in Paris.

The Greek missed the match point in the Barcelona final against Nadal and then failed to serve out against Djokovic in Rome.

However, the point is he was very much able to hang with both men on the clay and while neither match was won, belief has surely risen that he is capable of delivering a knockout blow.

No one has ever beaten both Nadal and Djokovic in the same claycourt tournament but the good news for Tsitsipas is he won’t have to. He’s on the other side of the draw to both men with a route to the semis which looks a decent one.

His price has been cut accordingly but the 22-year-old still looks worthy of support +285.

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