The midpoint of the French Open, day 7 and the R16 is before us. One win away from the quarterfinals and the matchup all tennis betting fans are gagging for Djokovic vs. Nadal. Will it come to pass?
Andrey Kuznetsov +2500 vs. Rafael Nadal -20000
It's the first-ever meeting between Nadal and No.120 Kuznetsov of Russia. Predictably, Nadal has this match cornered in his camp on the tennis odds board as the prohibitive -20000 tennis odds. That's the strength of nine French Open titles all his other titles on his beloved surface. That said one can never underestimate any opponent. Nadal isn't in the habit of doing so though. He's been focused and determined through the early rounds and rolls into the third round without dropping a set. It's also worth mentioning that Kuznetsov arrived in Paris with a losing 6-8 record, but an advantageous spot in the draw has allowed him to go deeper in the tournament than expected. Nadal should get beyond Kuznetsov into the quarterfinals in similar fashion.
Tennis Picks: Nadal in straight sets -550
Andy Murray -1000 vs. Nick Kyrgios +600
Andy Murray enters his third round match as the firm -1000 favourite to win outright at the expense of a rising star Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who's more dangerous than his +600 tennis odds would suggest. Kyrgios is a young player that may not have as much experience as Murray, but in the short span of his career he's shown an ability to handle big occasions. This will be such an occasion, taking on the Madrid Open champion. Murray has the 2-0 head-to-head edge over Kyrgios, and since his wedding in April he hasn't lost a match. That's seriously good form, which underscores his favourable odds and makes him a good tennis pick.
That said this match really could go either way. Murray should win, but Kyrgious really could pull off the upset. We've gone back and forth on this tennis pick. Kyrgios lost to Murray in the 2015 Australian Open quarterfinals. Knowing what we know about him, he's going to want payback. That has us edging slightly towards him for the potential upset in five sets at +1400 Tennis odds.
Tennis Picks: Kyrgios +600 to win outright and in five sets at +1400
Djokovic -10000 vs. Kokkinakis +2500
Novak Djokovic takes on another rising Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis in the third round. it marks the first meeting between the pair and a highly anticipated matchup it's going to be. Kokkinakis stands in Djokovic's path to the quarterfinals and a potential date with Nadal, a clash tennis bettors the world over are simply gagging for and have been since the draw was revealed. There's no need to wax lyrical about Djokovic; the initiated and neutral tennis bettor is well informed about his exploits this season. But Kokkinakis can poop on the party we've all RSVP'd to, the date between Djokovic vs. Nadal. Still, it's hard to see it happening. Djokovic would have to have a really bad day at Philippe Chatrier and Kokkinakis, who's advanced through the tournament impressively, would have to have a sensational, lights out day.
Tennis Picks: Djokovic to win outright in four sets at +400