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2022 French Open Men’s Betting Preview

By Hank Blaine

The 2022 French Open starts this Sunday. While the women’s singles side is deep after chalk Iga Swiatek, the same can’t be said for the men’s side. Rafael Nadal is the chalk to beat fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. Novak Djokovic is third choice and Stefanos Tsitsipas is fourth choice. Check out opening odds, analysis, and picks for the 2022 French Open Men’s Singles title.

2022 French Open Men’s Singles Opening Odds

  • Rafael Nadal +175
  • Carlos Alcaraz +200
  • Novak Djokovic +300
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas +550
  • Alexander Zverev +1400
  • Dominic Thiem +1800
  • Daniil Medvedev +2000
  • Casper Ruud +2000
  • Andrey Rublev +2500
  • Jannik Sinner +2500

READ MORE: 2022 French Open Women’s Betting Preview

Top Choice to Win the 2022 French Open Men’s Tournament

Is 2022 the year a player other than Novak Djokovic beats the King of Clay? Rafael Nadal owns the French Open. Rafa is the most dominant player in French Open history. But Carlos Alcaraz, the 19-year-old Spanish phenom, is 28-3 in singles matches this season and has won 4 singles titles. Alcaraz may be peaking. Tennis handicappers should consider backing the young player to win his first major before the bandwagon gets full.

Second Choice to Win the 2022 French Open Men’s Tournament

If Alcaraz isn’t ready, and he may not be, Rafa wins another French Open trophy. We don’t call Nadal the King of Clay for nothing. He’s one of the most dominant players in the history of tennis when it comes to winning majors. When it comes to clay, nobody can touch Rafa. Form doesn’t matter with when it comes to Nadal and the French Open.

Also, make no mistake, Rafa has taken all the talk about Alcaraz dethroning him personally. Rafael Nadal will show up with a hot racket, you can be sure of it.

Third Choice to Win the 2022 French Open Men’s Tournament

Djokovic remains the top rated men’s tennis player in the world, and why not? At the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, he dusted Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) in the final. The Serbian star also dispatched of Casper Ruud, our top longshot play, via straight sets in the semifinals. As always, Djokovic will be at the top of his game. If the odds hold, no doubt, he’s an overlay. So if you like to back overlays, and you get +300, Djoker is the play.

Top Longshot Choice to Win the 2022 French Open Men’s Tournament

Ruud prepping in the Gonet Geneva Open. As you might expect, he’s made it to the finals this weekend, after beating Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7-2), 7-5. Ruud is good enough to win the French Open. A lot must go his way, though. Rafa must implode, Alcaraz must take a backward step, and Djokovic can’t show up and play his best. That’s a lot to ask.

So only back Ruud if you like playing longshot’s no matter the set up. Alcaraz, Nadal, and Djokovic, one of the three, should win the French Open. So back Ruud only if you want action on the best longshot.

Top Play Against Choice to Win the 2022 French Open Men’s Tournament

Sure, the odds are higher on Tsitsipas than they are on Djokovic, Alcaraz, or Nadal. But high odds doesn’t mean the betting option is an overlay. Odds must be more than fair to constitute an overlay. In reality, Nadal’s odds at +175, if they hold, make Rafa an overlay because he’s close to unbeatable on clay. Stefanos’ fair odds should be closer to Casper Ruud’s than they are to Novak Djokovic’s.

In that sense, Stefanos Tsitsipas is an underlay. If you want to play Tsitsipas, consider backing a player with much higher odds. Again, nobody should beat the top three. So don’t back Stefanos just because he’s fourth choice. Come up with a handicapping reason before pulling the trigger.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.