The ATP French Open is winding down in Paris. We are entering the semifinal stage at Roland Garros, with Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev meeting on Friday for the right to go to the French Open Final.
They will either play Casper Ruud or Marin Cilic in the final match at Roland Garros. This probably wasn’t a final that most people expected. The French Open favorite, Novak Djokovic, dropped out of the French Open in the quarterfinal.
In an upset against Djokovic, Nadal dug deep and beat him in four sets. Nadal is fighting through pain, but he’s not thinking about it on the court.
Djokovic was in top form with no one coming close to him before Nadal put an end to the fun. The Serb had won over 20 straight sets before Nadal said not this time at Roland Garros.
🤩 What a set! What a comeback! 🤩
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 31, 2022
Nadal is a master on the clay, but his banged-up right ankle had his supporters concerned going into his specialty in Paris. He has won 13 French Open tournaments and can add another to his mantle in the twilight of his career.
For the vast majority of Nadal’s career, he’s been the easy favorite going into the French Open. However, Djokovic was the favorite considering his form going into this event and Nadal’s ankle.
Nadal doesn’t have a free pass to the final round in the semifinal. He faces a stingy test against German Alexander Zverev.
I’ve criticized Zverev for failing to beat top competition late in tournaments and get over the hump. A win over Carlos Alcaraz, who was the second favorite to win the French Open, might give him the confidence he needs versus Nadal.
Head below for our free Nadal vs. Zverev French Open prediction on June 3, 2022.
Rafael Nadal vs. Alexander Zverev ATP French Open Live Betting Odds:
|Rafael Nadal||-6 (-115)||-335||Over 36 (-115)|
|Alexander Zverev||+6 (-115)||+275||Under 36 (-115)|
|50% up to $1,000|
|50% up to $1,000|
|125% up to $2,500|
|100% up to $500|
|100% up to $1,000|
|Player Data||Rafael Nadal||Alexander Zverev|
|Overall Record (2022)||29-3||25-9|
|Overall Sets Record (2022)||70-19||60-25|
|Clay Court Record (2022)||6-1||11-3|
|Clay Court Sets Record (2022)||18-5||28-10|
Rafael Nadal vs. Alexander Zverev Prediction:
Rafa was at his best this year against Djokovic in the quarterfinal. This came after he got into a five-set duel with Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round. Nadal had to find an extra gear to close out the young Canadian.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) June 2, 2022
He ultimately won the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to move on to Djokovic in the next round. Nadal didn’t need that much time to bury Djokovic. He had to go hard to earn some games, but it was all Nadal.
After Joker completed a comeback from down 0-3 in the second set to win, 6-4, the tide appeared to be turning. Djokovic was heating up, but Nadal put the fire out quickly.
Nadal came back for an impressive effort in the third set. That was vintage Rafa, as he was able to ride above adversity and prevail.
The 36-year-old Spaniard is nearing the end of his career, but he wants to add an extra one or two French Open titles to his mantle. The No. 3 player in the world, Alexander Zverev, stands in front of Rafa going to the French Open Final.
Zverev ended the match with a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 win. He’s been criticized, including by myself, that he hasn’t been able to beat the highly regarded players in recent memory.
Beating Alcaraz was a signature win for the German, as he knocked off a player that has a win against Djokovic this year and was in hot form. No, beating Alcaraz doesn’t have the same ring to it as beating Nadal, but that’s a very good player and rising star on the ATP Tour.
Zverev went the distance in his second match to fend off an upset bid from Sebastian Baez, 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5. Since losing the first two sets of that one, Zverev has been locked in on the clay. A lengthy match that has more than 36 games looks likely.