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The draw on Thursday put No. 1 seed Djokovic, No. 5 Rafael Nadal, and No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz – the top three favorites – in the same half of the draw.

But despite facing a difficult path to the final, Vegas oddsmakers have made Novak Djokovic the opening favorite to win the 2022 French Open men’s singles tournament.

Get betting insights and the latest odds for the Roland Garros.


Tricky Route to the Final for Djokovic

Novak Djokovic will start his title defense against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan and could potentially play long-time rival Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

After missing the Australian Open because of visa issues related to his unvaccinated status, the French Open will be the Serb’s first Grand Slam of the year.

Although Nadal would usually look to avoid playing Novak Djokovic as early as the quarter-finals, the Spaniard will be grateful for the chance, given his chronic foot injury.

The King of Clay, who is hoping to extend his impressive record at the French Open with a 14th win, starts against Australia’s Jordan Thompson.

Alcaraz, who beat both Djokovic and Nadal on his way to the Madrid Open title last month, could set up a semi-final meeting with either of the two tennis betting site favorites. This promising 19-year-old begins his tournament against a qualifier.

Although Nadal would usually look to avoid playing Novak Djokovic as early as the quarter-finals, the Spaniard will be grateful for the chance, given his chronic foot injury.

Outside of the top three, Stefanos Tsitsipas represents decent betting value, as he has avoided the half featuring Djokovic, Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, and Alexander Zverev.

Previous French Open Winners and Finalists

Year Champion Finalist
2021 [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) [5] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
2020 [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2019 [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] Dominic Thiem (AUT)
2018 [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) [7] Dominic Thiem (AUT)
2017 [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
2016 [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2] Andy Murray (GBR)
2015 [8] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2014 [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

French Open Top Seeds – Best Results

Player Appearances Main Draw Career W/L Best Result
[1] Novak Djokovic 17 81-15 Winner (2016, ’21)
[2] Daniil Medvedev 5 4-5 QF (2021)
[3] Alexander Zverev 7 18-6 SF (2021)
[4] Stefanos Tsitsipas 5 15-5 F (2021)
[5] Rafael Nadal 17 105-3 Champion (13X)
[6] Carlos Alcaraz 2 2-1 R32 (2021)
[7] Andrey Rublev 4 4-3 QF (2020)
[8] Casper Ruud 5 7-4 R32 (2019-20-21)

First-Round Matches – Value Bets

If you’re looking to place some action on first-round matches, check out these two top picks.

Corentin Moutet is a skilled lefty that could cause problems for a recovering Wawrinka.

The 2015 French Open champion is coming back from two knee surgeries and has not played a five-set match since the 2021 Australian Open. Considering that Moutet will be playing in front of a home crowd, backing him to upset the odds against the Swiss star is a tempting bet.

Tommy Paul who’s seeded at a major for the first time is at a career-high ranking and won the French Open boys’ singles title in 2015. Therefore, many expect him to make a statement in the first round.

Admittedly, Garin has an excellent pedigree on clay courts and made the quarter-finals in Rome last week. However, he has been far from his best this year.



French Open Betting 2022 – key Dates

Date – Session Session # Gates open Play starts (show courts) Featured matches (singles)
Sun 22 May – Day 1 10:00 AM 11:00 AM First round
Mon 23 May – Day 2 10:00 AM 11:00 AM First round
Mon 23 May – Night 3 8:00 PM 9:00 PM First round
Tue 24 May – Day 4 10:00 AM 11:00 AM First round
Tue 24 May – Night 5 8:00 PM 9:00 PM First round
Wed 25 May – Day 6 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Second round
Wed 25 May – Night 7 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Second round
Thu 26 May – Day 8 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Second round
Thu 26 May – Night 9 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Second round
Fri 27 May – Day 10 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Third round
Fri 27 May – Night 11 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Third round
Sat 28 May – Day 12 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Third round
Sat 28 May – Night 13 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Third round
Sun 29 May– Day 14 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Fourth round
Sun 29 May– Night 15 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Fourth round
Mon 30 May – Day 16 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Fourth round
Mon 30 May – Night 17 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Fourth round
Tue 31 May – Day 18 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Quarterfinals
Tue 31 May – Night 19 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Quarterfinals
Wed 1 Jun – Day 20 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Quarterfinals
Wed 1 Jun – Night 21 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Quarterfinals
Thu 2 Jun – Day 22 10:00 AM 2:00 PM Ladies' Semifinals
Fri 3 Jun – Day 23 10:00 AM 3:00 PM Gentlemen’s semifinals
Sat 4 Jun – Day 24 10:00 AM 3:00 PM Ladies' final
Sun 5 Jun – Day 25 10:00 AM 3:00 PM Gentlemen’s final

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