Dominic Thiem (4) vs. Rafael Nadal (2)
Sunday, June 9, Paris
Free Tennis Pick: Dominic Thiem +2.5 Set Handicap
Recommended Sportsbook: Pinnacle
Dominic Thiem ended Novak Djokovic’s dream of becoming the second man in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time in his career. The world No.4 survived a two-day encounter to beat the Serbian 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 and reach the French Open final for the second consecutive year. Djokovic couldn’t find a solution to Dominic’s firepower with just 39 winners to 52 from his opponent. Adding to this, the 25-year-old Austrian broke serve nine times and won 18 out of 20 points at the net.
Thiem will next face Rafael Nadal on this Sunday’s French Open final. The 17-time Grand Slam champion produced another master class of clay-court tennis to beat Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 25 minutes. Nadal won 19 of 24 points with 10 shots or more and ended the match with outstanding numbers – 33 winners to just 19 unforced errors. The No.2 seed will make his 12th appearance at the French Open final with a perfect 11-0 record so far in this stage of the competition.
The sportsbooks are expecting a straightforward win from Nadal on this match with the Spaniard as the heavy favorite at -455 with BetOnline. Despite Nadal’s incredible numbers on this surface, Thiem is a very difficult opponent for him and won their last encounter at the Barcelona Open in April. The Austrian superstar will have less than 24 hours to recover from his semifinals match but he’s an outstanding athlete and should be ready for this final. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to add Dominic’s +2.5 Set Handicap to your betting picks at -143 with Pinnacle.