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2022 French Open Men’s Singles: Final Preview, Picks and Prediction

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2022 French Open Men's Singles Final Preview Picks and Prediction

2022 French Open Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal goes for his 14th French Open crown and 22nd Grand Slam overall against first-time finalist Casper Ruud in the final on Sunday, June 5. NBC will cover the showdown beginning in Roland Garros at 9:00 AM ET. Peacock will feature the match via livestream. It will be the first-ever meeting between two of the hottest men’s singles players this year. Nadal sports a 29-3 win-loss record in 2022 while Ruud is 30-9.

The Spanish great is coming off an abbreviated semifinal victory against third seed Alexander Zverev. The German player quit in the second set due to an ankle injury. Ruud became the first Norwegian man to make a Grand Slam singles championship match. He defeats 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic in four sets. Opening 2022 ATP tennis odds suggest Ruud will be a major underdog in his first-ever Grand Slam final with bookers expecting Nadal to dominate the match en route to another French Open crown.

2022 French Open Men’s Singles Viewing Information

When: Sunday, June 5, 2022, 9:00 AM ET
Where: Stade Roland Garros, 16th arrondissement, Paris, France
TV: NBC

Rafael Nadal – Looking to Win 14th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal will look to cement his legacy further when he meets Casper Ruud in the final. He will go for his 14th Roland Garros title and 22nd Grand Slam title overall. This will move him two ahead of fellow greats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal’s 2022 French Open journey was relatively tough. This was because he dispatched seeded foes beginning in the third round before arranging the showdown against Ruud. In the first two rounds, the fifth seed easily dispatched Australian Jordan Thompson and French wildcard Corentin Moutet. He then cruised to a straight-set victory over Botic van de Zandschulp to make it through the round of 16.

The Spanish claycourt maestro fought off ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. It takes place in five sets to stage a last-eight clash with top seed Novak Djokovic. Nadal emerged victorious in a four-set classic against Djokovic to arrange a semifinal meeting with third-ranked Alexander Zverev. The last-four showdown was exciting in the first two sets with Zverev pushing Nadal to the limit. However, the German sustained a right ankle injury that forced him to quit the match. On Sunday, Nadal will now aim for his 14th French Open title and 22nd Grand Slam title. This will further cement his status as the greatest tennis player of all time.

Casper Ruud – Out to Make History

World number eight Casper Ruud entered the French Open, he was fresh from winning the Geneva Open. And two weeks later, he is in the biggest match of his life against the all-time great and idol Rafael Nadal. The 23-year-old began his awesome run by beating hometown bet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. This was Tsonga’s last professional match. He continued his winning run by defeating Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland and Lorenzo Sonego of Italy in three and five sets, respectively.

Those victories arranged a round-of-16 encounter with 12th seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. The Norwegian waltzed past Hurcakz in four sets to set up a last-eight clash with Holger Rune, whom he defeated also in four sets. In the semifinals, he went up against former US Open champion Marin Cilic and the Norwegian fought brilliantly against the veteran, firing 16 aces and 41 winners en route to a four-set triumph that placed him in the men’s singles final against Nadal.

Betting on 2022 French Open Men’s Singles Final

Nadal and Ruud will meet for the first time ever and the Spanish superstar obviously has the enormous advantage going in their winner-take-all clash at Roland Garros. Although Nadal’s vast experience in the tennis circuit will be a major factor in this championship match and the French Open clay fits him perfectly as he has lost three times in 114 matches, age and health factors might get in his way in this all-important clash.

Nadal is 36 and despite the fact that he looks brilliant on clay, especially at Roland Garros, where he has won 13 of his 21 Grand Slam titles, you can’t escape the fact that he is in the twilight of his career. Recently, he admitted that his chronic left foot injury might force him to wave goodbye to the sport. However, his current run is admirable as he saw off Auger-Aliassime in four hours in the last 16 and dispatched Djokovic in the quarterfinals also in four hours. He might last another four or five hours and win the match against the younger Ruud but it is preferable that Nadal finishes the match earlier to avoid complications. 

As for Ruud, he has everything to gain in the biggest encounter of his life as he will climb to World No6 after the French Open and place him as of the up-and-coming greats once Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer finally decides to hang their shoes. The Norwegian can afford to lose this final as he still has a ton of time to win a couple of Grand Slams when he reaches his prime but how nice would it be if he captures his first-ever Grand Slam by beating his childhood idol on his favorite court and surface at Roland Garros.

Pick

The top online sports betting site for tennis places Nadal as the overwhelming favorite in this final clash against Ruud. So far, we have seen classic claycourt maestro who outclassed Djokovic and Auger-Aliassime in four-hour matches en route to his semifinal clash against Zverev. However, an unfortunate injury to the German deprived us of another vintage performance and a possible test of Nadal’s health. Ruud – with his energy and youthful strength –

has been the aggressor in his past few matches, especially against Cilic where he fired 16 aces and 41 winners. He also knows how to win in long matches, particularly in his last tournament at the Geneva Open as he and Joao Sousa went the full route before Ruud emerged victorious in the claycourt event. Expect Nadal, who is currently a -170 (-5.5) favorite in the men’s singles final, to pull off his wit and mastery of the surface to win the match against Ruud in four sets.