2021 Roland Garros Final Preview: Djokovic Vs. Tsitsipas

  • Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in an outstanding tennis match to reach the French Open finals.
  • His opponent will be Stefanos Tsitsipas, who squeaked by Alexander Zverev.
  • Tsitsipas has never played in a Grand Slam final before.

LAS VEGAS - Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in one of the greatest tennis matches in recent memory at the French Open.

Nadal has only lost at the French Open three times, including this loss, while racking up 105 victories.

Two of those losses are to Novak Djokovic.

The matchup was an intense, back and forth affair before Djokovic locked in to win a third set tiebreaker and dominated the fourth set.

Nadal, it seemed, did not have the juice to hang with Djokovic for an extended period of time, even on his preferred clay court.

Now, he faces off against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the tournament, whose road to the final took him through Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and Paulo Carreno Busta, among other amazing competitors.

Tsitsipas has the chance to pull off one of the greatest upsets in French Open, especially after Djokovic dominated Nadal the way he did.

The odds, obviously, are in favor of Djokovic, whose claim to being the greatest player in the history of the sports is getting harder and harder to argue against.

Roland Garros Final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Novak Djokovic Moneyline

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas+265
  • Novak Djokovic-325

The online sportsbooks seem to cast Djokovic as inevitable, the Thanos of tennis, claiming all that you love - he’s claimed Nadal’s clay-court dominance, and now he’s set to claim the trophy.

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Tsitsipas has taken down the second seed in this tournament already, but the gap between Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev is wide, all due respect to Medvedev.

Tsitsipas has never made the final of a Grand Slam before. Djokovic might as well be synonymous with doing so.

The honest truth is that Tsitsipas will have to play the best tennis of his life in order to take Djokovic down.

Roland Garros Final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Novak Djokovic Spread

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas +5.0 (-110)
  • Novak Djokovic -5.0 (-110)

The spread reflects the gap between the two men as well, with Djokovic being advantaged by 5.0 games.

Tsitsipas and Djokovic faced off in the 2020 French Open, a matchup that went all five sets before Djokovic took it.

It seems likely that this matchup plays out similarly, but with Djokovic coming off of one of the best matches of tennis he has ever played, it’s hard to know how he will be affected.

The emotional state of both players could throw a wrench into typical predictive methods used by tennis bettors.

The French Open Men's Final kicks off at 9:00 a.m. EST on Sunday.