Rafael Nadal won his 21st career Grand Slam title in Australia, surpassing Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer the most of all time, and was favored to extend his record at the French Open in May.
Based on the latest rules in France, his biggest rivalry could be a phi factor.
Nadal is currently +150 to claim his 14th French Open title, followed by Djokovic (+225) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (+450). Alexander Zverev, who lost to Nadal in the Australian Open final and is stronger on hard courts than clay, is +1400.
Djokovic is the defending French Open champion, his second title at Roland Garros, but may not be allowed to compete this year. France enacted a new law starting February 15 that requires anyone who is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, which Djokovic has not, to present proof that they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous four months to enter sports venues in France. Djokovic said he tested positive in mid-December. That means he needs to be vaccinated or re-vaccinated for COVID to compete in France.
However, this is all about Nadal, who had a 105-3 record at Rolland Garros. He lost to Djokovic in the semifinals last year, his first loss there since 2016, and will add to his huge collection of titles from the French Open. He’s the favorite for a reason and if Djokovic can’t play, the odds will only go up.
Dominic Thiem, a two-time French Open finalist, losing both to Nadal, by +700 to win the title. Tsitsipas lost to Djokovic in the final last year. If Novak can’t compete, expect their odds to drop.
https://fansided.com/betsided/posts/mens-2022-french-open-tennis-odds-nadal-has-big-edge-on-djokovic?utm_source=RSS Men’s 2022 French Open tennis odds (Nadal wins big against Djokovic)