French Open 2022 Betting Tips: Can Favourites Nadal, Ruud Make the Final?

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Rafael Nadal will look to take that step closer towards his 14th French Open title as he features in one of the two singles semifinals to be played on Friday, June 3. Casper Ruud, Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev will all be in action too today and here’re the latest French Open 2022 betting tips from the men’s section of the draw.

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Nadal’s biggest hurdle to him winning his 14th title at Roland-Garros was expected to be Novak Djokovic and the clever precision with which the number one ranked player was sent packing by the Spaniard just underlined his dominance at this court.

The current world number five might have even had a chance to clinch that quarterfinal encounter in straight sets but for a wobble in the second set in which he conceded it from a winning position.

Djokovic failed to capitalise that though as Nadal ran away a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) winner over the Serb to book his place in the semifinals. This, after Nadal had gone into that encounter as a shocking 19/10 underdog to Djokovic.

Nadal now takes on Alexander Zverev, with the German preventing an all-Spaniard semifinal by sending Carlos Alcaraz packing.

Alcaraz, who had earlier defeated Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev en route winning the Madrid Masters title, was blown away from the encounter in the first two sets and while he came back in the third, Zverev proved to be too strong for him.

Now, while Zverev has shown what he is capable of as well, going up against Nadal in a best of five match on clay, and at Roland-Garros, will be a steep task. Zverev will hope his serve continues to keep working but that’s not all that’s needed and he will know that.

The other semifinal will see Casper Ruud take on Marin Cilic in what is a very unlikely pairing for a French Open last-four stage.

Ruud is a solid clay-courter, sure, having won five ATP titles on this surface but for him to make it to the semifinal comes as a huge surprise. In fact, Ruud is on a nine-match winning streak and is 12-1 on win-loss over his last 13 matches with his only defeat coming at the hands of Djokovic.

Cilic’s presence this late in the competition is an even big shocker.

He has never once made it past the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and was 4-4 on clay this season coming into this tournament.

The Croat’s passage to the fourth round was fairly uneventful although even that might not have been totally expected. And then wins over Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev made sure everyone sat up and took notice.

With Cilic’s serve bailing him out throughout this competition, it would be interesting if it can continue doing so. That alone might not be enough against Ruud’s forceful forehand and a steady backhand, and a game that’s physical enough to test Cilic.

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