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2022 French Open men’s odds, picks, predictions: Proven tennis expert fading Rafael Nadal in futures bets

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be chasing more history starting Sunday when competition begins in the 2022 French Open in Paris. Nadal is seeking his 14th French Open title, and a victory in the June 5 final would extend his career Grand Slam record to 22. Djokovic aims to defend his championship after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in last year’s final at Roland Garros. Djokovic and Nadal are in the same half of the draw released Thursday night. Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old phenom seeking his first Grand Slam crown, and Alexander Zverev also are in their half of the lopsided draw. That could set things up for a player like Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev to make a run at a spot in the final four from the other side of the men’s bracket.

Djokovic and Alcaraz are the +200 co-favorites (risk $100 to win $200) in the latest 2022 French Open odds at Caesars Sportsbook, with Nadal (+300) and Tsitsipas (+400) right behind. Zverev and Casper Ruud are both priced at +1600, the only other players priced shorter than 20-1. Before locking in any 2021 French Open picks for the men’s champion, you need to see who SportsLine’s Sean Calvert is backing.

Calvert is the elite tennis handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1 — the last Australian title won by someone other than Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1, among many other stunning calls. 

Now, Calvert has scrutinized the latest French Open 2022 field and released his coveted best bets to win it all. He’s sharing all his picks and analysis at SportsLine.

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One of Calvert’s surprising 2022 French Open picks: He is strongly fading Nadal and believes this might be the last we see of the legendary Spaniard in Paris. The 35-year-old’s foot problems flared up again in Rome, when he lost to Denis Shapovalov in the Round of 16. Nadal said he has been unable to practice to the extent he needs to for him to compete at the highest level. The worldwide superstar has been uncharacteristically candid about his fitness, and Calvert doesn’t take that as a good sign.

Nadal has owned Roland Garros since getting his first title there in 2005, which is why he gets such respect from oddsmakers. “Surely this price is far too short given how he limped out of Rome,” Calvert says. Of course, the 21-time Grand Slam champion’s competitiveness and determination are second to none, and he could dig down and find some more magic on the clay in Paris. But given the circumstances and the short price, Calvert is staying away.     

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Instead, Calvert is backing an underdog who would return well over 20-1. This player is in the weaker half of the draw, and things set up very well for him to get to the final. He’s sharing who it is, and all of his picks, here.

So who wins the French Open 2022? And which big long shot could take the crown? Visit SportsLine now to see Sean Calvert’s bets for the 2022 French Open, all from the renowned tennis expert who called Wawrinka winning the Australian Open at 60-1.

2022 French Open odds (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Novak Djokovic 2-1

Carlos Alcaraz 2-1

Rafael Nadal 4-1

Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-1

Alexander Zverez 22-1

Casper Ruud 22-1

Jannik Sinner 22-1

Andrey Rublev 40-1

Daniil Medvedev 40-1

Miomir Kecmanovic 65-1

Felix Auger-Aliaassime 65-1

Alex De Minaur 80-1

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