French Open Collision Course 🎾

Heavy favorites since the start of the tournament, the dominant duo of Djokovic/Alcaraz has lived up to expectations so far, and a potential semifinal meeting awaits. But we've got quarterfinal action first, and anything can happen. Day time tennis? Sure! 🍿 (2 min read)

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Quarterfinals In France

Roland Garros has certainly seen its fair share of dominance over the years, and it’s no secret that for the past two decades, it’s largely been from one man. But with Nadal absent from this year’s tournament, other stars are doing their best impression 😤

20-year-old wunderkind Carlos Alcaraz has dropped ten fewer games than any other player in the tournament, while 22-time major winner Novak Djokovic has yet to lose a set. So it should come as no surprise that those two guys have only become heavier favorites as we head into the quarterfinals — take a look at the top of the current odds board ⬇️

Odds To Win The French Open (subject to change)

  • Carlos Alcaraz: +115

  • Novak Djokovic: +165

  • Alexander Zverev: +900

  • Holger Rune: +1200

Zverev is the biggest riser by far since we last checked in, and while the German has had a great tournament (tbh still upset he took down my guy Tiafoe), that may also have something to do with the fact he won’t have to meet Alcaraz or Djokovic until the finals 😏

  • That’s because those two favorites, who have never met in a major before, are headed for a clash in the semifinals — take a look at the bracket here

  • But of course, they’ll need to get past their respective quarterfinal opponents first. Both players are set to take the court today, and at this stage of the tournament, every match promises to be a battle 🤷🏻‍♂️

With that being said, oddsmakers really like the chances of a future Alcaraz-Djokovic date. The non-NBA Joker should be starting his match right about now, and he’s a -1600 favorite over 11-seed Karen Khachanov (+860) for good reason 👇

Alcaraz could have a bit more heat on him when he plays later in the day, with his opponent, 5-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, in the midst on a stellar tournament of his own. But the young Spaniard holds a clean 4-0 advantage in the career H2H series — and who could forget their first meeting at a major 👇

At -500 to win today (with Tsitsipas as a +375 underdog), Alcaraz is a slightly more reasonable favorite than Djokovic. But if you’re looking for more bang for your buck, may I suggest tomorrow’s more evenly matched meeting of No. 4 Casper Ruud (-128) and No. 6 Holger Rune (+105). That one could really go either way 👀

Trivia Question: Who defeated Alcaraz at last year’s French Open?

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For My Parlay Gurus

Sadly there’s just not enough value in a Djokovic-Alcaraz ML parlay, so instead I’m trusting each of them to breeze past tomorrow’s opponent in straight sets. Check it out 👇

  • Novak Djokovic 3-0 vs. Karen Khachanov: -130

  • Carlos Alcaraz 3-0 vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas: +135

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Trivia Answer: Zverev defeated Alcaraz in four sets in last year’s quarterfinals before falling to the eventual champion Nadal in the semifinals

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