Stefanos Tsitsipas Survives Tough Challenge from +1600 Qualifier

Roland Garros Stefanos Tsitsipas

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round of the 2022 French Open after a hard-fought win over Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar on Thursday.
  • Tsitsipas was the massive -10000 favorite to beat Kolar who was listed at +1600.
  • The 4th seed will now face Mikael Ymer at -2075 odds in the third round of the tournament.

Stefanos Tsitsipas entered Roland Garros with plenty of expectations.

Tsitsipas was last year’s runner-up in Paris and has produced excellent results in his three clay court ATP Masters 1000 events this year by successfully defending his title in Monte Carlo, finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in Rome, and making it to the semifinals in Madrid.

He opened at +1000 to win the tournament but after a favorable draw, Tsitsipas saw his odds shorten to +550 at the BetOnline App with only Djokovic at +160, Alcaraz at +175, and Nadal at +325 having shorter odds than him.

However, the first two rounds of the 2022 French Open hasn’t been as favorable as Tsitsipas probably thought they would be. On Thursday, he survived a gritty challenge from Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar 6-3, 7-6(8),6-7(3),7-6(7) to advance to the third round.

Tsitsipas Survives!

Tsitsipas entered the match as a huge -10000 betting favorite to advance to the third round. Meanwhile, Kolar was a massive +1700 betting underdog and the no. 134th ranked men’s tennis player in the Pepperstone ATP rankings had never won a Tour-level match prior to this week.

Early on, it looked like the Czech qualifier was overwhelmed with the magnitude of the occasion as he struggled and looked in awe in the first set which Tsitsipas easily won at six games to three. However, he began to settle down with excellent scrambling skills and impressive mental strength that gave Tsitsipas his second straight scare at Roland Garros.

The 4th seed rallied from two sets down to defeat Lorenzo Musetti two days ago in his opening round assignment. In that match, the Greek was also a heavy -1200 favorite and Mussetti the +700 betting underdog. Against Kolar, Tsitsipas saved three set points in the second round and another four more set points in the wild tie-break in the fourth set.

Next Up is Mikael Ymer

Next up for Tsitsipas is Mikael Ymer in the third round. The no. 1 ranked Swedish tennis player matched his best grand slam result by pulling off an upset against no. 29 seed Dan Evans in his round two assignment. Ymer beat Evans 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to set up a fourth career meeting against Tsitsipas. Not surprisingly, Tsitsipas won their first three head-to-head meetings.

Tsitsipas opened as the massive -2075 betting favorite to beat Ymer who came back at +825 when the betting lines for their third-round match were first posted on the BetOnline App. The Greek tennis star is also a -8.5 in the handicap betting market. Sure, those odds are lopsided once again but remember what happened to Tsitsipas in the first two rounds.

The Greek tennis star is currently listed as a +650 to win the tournament on the BetOnline App with Djokovic(+180), Alcaraz (+350), and Nadal (+375) still ahead of him. He is also currently the -135 betting favorite to become the Quarter 3 winner and has the second shortest odds to make the final at +140 behind only Djokovic’s +120.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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