Weather conditions caused some friction at the 2019 French Open, as matches were postponed on Wednesday, forcing the semifinals to both be played on the same day. Nevertheless, the French Open Final is set for both the WTA and ATP brackets. Check out who we got in our best bets for the prestigious clay-court major, including the King of Clay himself; Rafael Nadal.
Vondrousova rides momentum to first major title
Marketa Vondrousova can become one of the youngest women in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title on Saturday. The 19-year-old Czech phenom has bulldozed her way to the French Open final, having not lost a single set all tournament. There is something to be said about momentum, and this young lady certainly has plenty of it right now. She will be facing off against an Australian youngster, as 23-year-old Ashleigh Barty defeated three-straight Americans to reach her first career Grand Slam final.
Vondrousova entered the tournament as an unseeded participant and got off to a roll in the first couple rounds. Then, from the third round on, she played seeded opponent after seeded opponent and continued to knock them all down in straight sets. Barty will certainly be her toughest competition of the Open; however, there is just something about her game right now that seems nearly unstoppable. On the other end, Barty has stuggled at times, having to go the distance in two of the last three matches. With attractive odds and elite form, consider taking the underdog to win on Saturday. Vondrousova is currently listed at +132 to defeat Barty, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Nadal continues domination on clay
It’s no secret to anyone that Rafael Nadal is the best clay-court player on tour. In fact, he is the best of all-time on a clay surface. He holds records at nearly every clay-court event there is. He has the most titles at the Monte Carlo Masters (11), Barcelona Open (11), Rome Masters (9) and Madrid Open (5). Most importantly, he has the most French Open titles at 11. In fact, that is the most Men’s Singles titles at any one major in ATP history. You could say that when he is on clay, there is no better tennis star in the history of the sport.
His opponent will be No. 4 seed Dominic Thiem, who is fresh off of upsetting top seed and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday, after their match was suspended due to rain the day before. The unfortunate circumstances surrounding that semifinal contest provides an advantage for Nadal, as he will be well-rested for Sunday’s Final. Consider taking the Spaniard to win his 12th French Open title.