As we move into the last eight of this year’s French Open, it is fair to say that the business end of proceedings are upon us and although eight men are left in the competition at this stage, it should be considered a case of one plus the other seven.
That’s because for all the top-tier tennis talent that is still in the competition, even the power of seven men combined may struggle to get the better of a man who has a symbiotic relationship with this tournament.
That man of course is Rafael Nadal and with an incredible 13 Men’s titles at Roland Garros already under his belt, it is going to take either a brave or rather foolish person to bet against him landing number 14.
Quite simply the clay of Roland Garros is nothing more than a playground for the Mallorca born ace and with the way he has torn through his opponents thus far, it does not bode well for anyone else who attempts to stand in his way.
With legal online betting gaining more popularity as of late, the sport of tennis has generated a lot of interest from those looking to make a profit or two and for those looking to make a shrewd investment, you may be best putting the house on Nadal.
Because for somebody to win 13 of the last 16 Men’s French Open tournaments is nothing short of ludicrous and for those who are looking for an omen to rely on, there is one that certainly leaps of the page.
If the Spaniard gets to the final, he wins. It is as simple as that and for someone who is yet to drop a set in this year’s edition of the clay court spectacular, the smart money is on reaching final number 14 on Sunday.
Bad news for whoever else will make it to the final and also bad news for two other names that find themselves within the top half of the quarterfinal draw. Those being, the pair of Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini.
Going into this last eight meeting, most sportsbooks would place Djokovic as the favourite to move on to the last four and on with a litany of Grand Slam winning credentials to call upon, you would have to say rightly so.
However, he was certainly made to work for his entry into the quarterfinals and after the Serbian found himself two sets down against Lorenzo Musseti, it looked as if one of the biggest shocks of the fortnight was on.
That was until lady luck decided to shine on Djokovic and with Mussetti cruelly having to retire in the fifth and final set, the 34-year-old who now resides in Monte Carlo, would subsequently progress at the expense of the Italian.
Which means there may be an attempt to restore Italian national pride, as Berrettini looks to complete the task that Mussetti came agonisingly close to completing and if so, it would mean a rather unexpected invite to the Semi’s.
Of course, if the 25-year-old can make it that far, he then becomes the next pray for Rafael Nadal and although many would not give him much a chance or perhaps not one at all, there would at least be an element of confidence behind him.
Confidence that would come from disposing one tennis legend and if that could be used to topple another, not only this sport but the sporting world as a whole, would find themselves shocked with what will unfold.
While although they are the permutations for the top-half of the quarterfinal draw, the bottom half has already put forward the other two players who have reached the Semi-finals and both Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas find themselves one match away from Sunday’s main event.
Going into this encounter, it is Tsitsipas who finds himself as the favourite and with most sportsbooks placing him third in the outright market, it may be a bet that generates a certain amount of value.
Then again, as mentioned before, it may be a case of simply wasting your money and if the Greek prodigy finds himself facing a certain Mr. Nadal at the end of the week, prepare yourself for more Spanish dominance at Roland Garros.