Can Wawrinka deny Djokovic the career Grand Slam at the French Open on Sunday? Find out as we preview the highly anticipated French Open final and offer up our tennis picks.
Djokovic Favoured To Win
Novak Djokovic has the market cornered at -900 tennis odds at bet365 to win outright Sunday's highly anticipated French Open final. The Serbian starlet is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. He won the Australian Open, four Masters in a row (Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome (he skipped Madrid), and he's now one win away from the illusive French Open crown and completing the exalted career Grand Slam, which would see him join an exclusive group of players of which Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are already members. Only Stanislas Wawrinka stands in his way.
Ironically, this is a familiar matchup this season on the major stage. It was the Swiss No.2 player that stood in Djokovic's way of the 2015 Australian Open title. Though Wawrinka put in a heroic account as the defending champion in Melbourne, Djokovic withstood the onslaught and went on to win the five set marathon 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, with Wawrinka simply running out of gas in the end.
Not surprisingly, the tennis odds are stacked against Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open final. Odds makers send the French Open hopeful into the match as the staggering +550 underdog. It wasn't long ago that Wawrinka won his maiden Grand Slam, after all. Barely 18 months ago, he broke through on the major stage when he won the 2014 Australian Open at the expense of Rafael Nadal in the final. The win was slightly marred by the fact that Nadal sustained a back injury during the match, which hindered his ability to serve and compete at his best. That's an asterisk that is always going to accompany that win.
Wawrinka must want to more than anything expunge any doubt about his championship credential. A win over an in-form, nigh unbeatable and out-of-this-world Djokovic in the French open final would certainly do the trick. Beat the indisputable best player in the world right now is the path to rock stardom in the tennis betting world. The question is can he defy the tennis betting odds and pull off the feat.
To be fair, he can. On paper, he cuts a poor figure against Djokovic with 3-17 lifetime record. But en route to his Australian Open title he took out Djokovic in a five-set thriller 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 that became the making of him as a reinvented player in his veteran years. Since that win, he did lose their last two meetings, which partly explains why he's at such a disadvantage against Djokovic on the French Open odds board. But he's also been playing "angry" in recent months, since announcing the split with his wife Ilhan in April. He reached the semis in Rome, beating Nadal in the quarters before falling to Federer. He also reached the quarters in Geneva.
Tennis Betting Verdict
This is the one match Djokovic wants to win. Needs to win to complete the career Grand Slam. Given his quality, class and talent he belongs in the illustrious group of career Grand Slam champions and he has before him his best shot to pull off the feat. The way he's been playing this season, it's hard to imagine Wawrinka stopping him, even though the Swiss has shown to have the measure of him over the last 18 months. So Djokovic does appear to be the likely tennis pick at -900 to win outright and, most likely, in straight sets at -150 or four sets at +275 tennis odds at bet365. Go on. Everyone is betting on Djokovic pretty much. We might as well too.
For those brave hearts out there: something about the upset twist just really appeals, don't you think. The way the French Open betting market was cast from the start, Djokovic was preordained to win the title. Wawrinka is not the sort to stick to the script however. Neither is his coach Magnus Norman, who has been in this position twice before with Robin Soderling (2009 and 2010 finals), both of which he lost. They could flip the script on Djokovic et al. That and we like the tennis odds as well for the upset. Just seems too good to pass up for my tennis picks at +550 in a spot that can be unpredictable from time to time, even to the point of defying sound reasoning.
Tennis Pick: Wawrinka +550 at BetOnline