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Novak Djokovic’s French Open Odds Improve After Australian Open Title

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in Tennis

Updated Apr 3, 2020 · 10:06 AM PDT

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Novak Djokovic has been on a tear in 2019. Photo by Tatiana Kulitat (flickr)
  • Top-seeded Novak Djokovic won his record seventh Australian Open title
  • His odds for the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the season, are greatly reduced
  • Djokovic won his only French Open title in 2016

The French Open suddenly just got more intriguing. Thanks to Novak Djokovic’s straight-set triumph over Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s Australian Open final, sportsbooks are of the belief that maybe the world’s No. 1 player could give Nadal a run for his money on the clay surfaces of Roland Garros.


On January 2nd, Djokovic had +400 odds to win the 2019 French Open. Today, he’s down to +200 and the second betting choice behind perennial French champion Nadal.

2019 French Open Men’s Singles Odds

Player Odds
Rafael Nadal -115
Novak Djokovic +200
Dominic Thiem +800
Alexander Zverev +900
Juan Martin Del Potro +2000
Marin Cilic +2000

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Djokovic beat Andy Murray 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4 to win the 2016 French Open.

He’s a Joker, and He Smoked Nadal

When Djokovic and Nadal met in the 2012 Australian Open final, it was an epic six-hour battle. This time, Djokovic made short work of Nadal via a 6–3, 6–2, 6–3 straight-set triumph. But the French Open is a different story.

Nadal is king at Roland Garros. He’s won 81 consecutive matches on clay courts, the longest single surface win streak of any player in the Open era of tennis. That includes a record 11 French Open titles, a tournament that Nadal has won the past two seasons. Nadal owns 57 career victories on clay surfaces, also a record.

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The last time Nadal didn’t win the French Open, you know who did? Djokovic, that’s who. In 2016, Djokovic won his only French Open title. A wrist injury that year forced Nadal to withdraw prior to his third-round match.

A French Crossroads, Perhaps

After his powerful Australian Open performance, talk turned to whether Djokovic could make a run at Roger Federer’s mark of 20 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic now has 15 Grand Slams to his credit, and he’s won the last three – Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and now the 2019 Aussie Open.

The last player to win four straight Grand Slams was – you guessed it – Djokovic. His streak started at Wimbledon in 2015 and wins followed in the US Open that year and the Australian and French Opens in 2016. Gee, doesn’t that pattern sound familiar?

In tennis history, Rod Laver and Don Budge are the only other players to win at least four successive men’s singles Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic was utterly dominant in the final at Melbourne. He scored 13 of the the first 14 points. Nadal took just five points off of Djokovic’s service in the second set and only four in the third set.

He’s won on the grass at Wimbledon, and on hard surfaces at Forest Hills and Australia. All that’s left for him to conquer is the clay of Roland Garros.

Should you bet on Nadal to win the French Open? The way he’s playing right now, how could you bet on anyone else?

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