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The Picks: Barbora Krejcikova vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas
Championship weekend in Paris could potentially crown two brand-new Grand Slam singles champions. Our take on the French Open finals from a betting perspective.
Published Jun 12, 2021
The men’s and women’s Roland Garros finals couldn’t be more different from a betting perspective. On the men’s side, you have Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas, two of the three oddsmakers' favorites to win the tournament. In the women’s draw, it’s unseeded Barbora Krejcikova versus No. 31 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, both vying for their first Slam title in their first major final appearance.
Any predictions and analysis involving a match between first-time Grand Slam finalists can essentially be thrown out the window, as the winner of Saturday’s final will come down to who holds their nerve during the key moments. Expect a compelling clash of styles, as Pavlyuchenkova will look to overpower the former world doubles No. 1—who is also playing the doubles final tomorrow. As for Krejcikova, she will look to deny the Russian any rhythm and pace.
But Krejcikova, riding an 11-match win-streak dating back to her recent title in Strasbourg, should have confidence on her side. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Czech is listed as a -140 favorite, and projected to win by 1.5 total games. There is a chance that Pavlyuchenkova plays lights-out, but if things get nervy—and they probably will—Krejcikova will have multiple game plans at her disposal, while Pavlyuchenkova may only have one.
The Pick: Barbora Krejcikova (straight up)
On the men's side, there are many ways to describe Djokovic’s victory over Rafael Nadal on Friday, but I suggest you read this one above all others. Looking ahead to Sunday, Djokovic is listed as a -250 favorite according to DraftKings Sportsbook as of 5:00 PM PT on Friday afternoon. But I feel there is some incredible value on the Serb to defeat the Greek by 4.5 games at -110.
Let’s not overcomplicate this one. Tsitsipas—a true physical specimen playing the best tennis of his life—is an outstanding 23-3 on clay this season. He has all the tools to defeat Djokovic on Sunday: a booming serve, a thunderous forehand, top-notch net play, and incredible court coverage. A Roland Garros title is in his future, but it probably won’t be this one.
After very nearly dropping the first set 6-0 to Nadal, Djokovic raised his level to unthinkable heights. Although he needed over four hours to dethrone the 13-time French Open champion, he only needed four sets. You better believe Djokovic didn’t flip his “God Mode” switch to come out flat in the final.
In any other clay-court circumstance, a Tsitsipas victory wouldn’t be that surprising. But Djokovic will enter Court Philippe Chatrier with exactly 28 times more major championship experience. The last time he dethroned Nadal in Paris, Djokovic fell to Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 final. This time there won’t be a letdown, but there might be a beatdown.
The Pick: Novak Djokovic -4.5 games