Rafael Nadal aims to secure a 14th French Open title at the expense of Casper Ruud in the final at…
Rafael Nadal aims to secure a 14th French Open title at the expense of Casper Ruud in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday.
King of clay Nadal survived a huge scare in the Semi-Finals against Alexander Zverev, as the German had a 6-2 lead in the first-set tiebreaker and had a big chance to serve for the second set.
However, Zverev was forced to retire due to an injury just before the start of the second-set tiebreaker, prematurely ending what could have been a classic contest.
Nadal had not dropped a single set in the opening three rounds but has since lost at least one set in each of his previous three matches.
The Spaniard has only ever lost three fixtures at the French Open across 17 years and he is undefeated in 13 matches in the finals here.
Meanwhile, Ruud has had a bumpy route to the final. The only straight-set victory he managed to register this fortnight was against Ruusuvuori in the second round.
The Norwegian did well to beat some of the biggest strikers on tour during this run, including Hurkacz and Cilic.
Ruud holds a record of 8-3 win-loss record in tour-level finals, but all those victories came in ATP 250 events.
This is undoubtedly the most important match of Ruud’s career and he can write history if he manages to pull an upset against the undisputed king of this court.
Our prediction is Over 3.5 Sets at odds of 17/20 with Bet365.
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