It’s a cagey veteran against a rising star in the 2022 French Open men’s single final on Sunday as Rafael Nadal takes on Casper Ruud. Nadal seeks to extend his records for French Open and Grand Slam titles, while Ruud is making his first Grand Slam final appearance. Nadal has won 13 times in Paris and has 21 Grand Slam championships Ruud became the first Norwegian to reach a Masters 1000 final at the Miami Open in April and is the first to play for a Grand Slam trophy. Nadal was in a fight with Alexander Zverev in his semifinal on Friday, up a set and headed to a tiebreak in the second, but the German suffered a serious ankle injury and had to retire from the match. Ruud defeated Marin Cilic in a match that was interrupted for almost 15 minutes in the third set by an activist who attached herself to the net.
First serve at Roland Garros is set for 9 a.m. ET. Nadal is a -550 favorite (risk $550 to win $100) in the latest Nadal vs. Ruud odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Ruud is a +425 underdog. The over-under for total games is 33.5. Before making any 2022 French Open picks for the men’s final, be sure to see the Nadal vs. Ruud predictions from SportsLine’s Sean Calvert.
Calvert is the handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1. In the Miami Open in 2018, he did even better, correctly calling 100-1 long shot John Isner to win the title. And in 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1.
And in 2021, he nailed both of his bets for the Wimbledon men’s singles final: Novak Djokovic to beat Matteo Berrettini three sets to one (+275) and Djokovic to win and both players to win a set (+130). Before this year’s French Open, he also pegged Ruud as one of his each-way picks. Anyone following his picks is way up.
Now, Calvert has locked in on the 2022 French Open men’s final matchup featuring Nadal vs. Ruud and revealed his best bets. Head to SportsLine to see them.
Rafael Nadal vs. Casper Ruud preview
Nadal has dominated at Roland Garros since winning the title there for the first time as a 19-year-old. He got a reprieve by not having to play what was looking like it could be an epic match with Zverev. The Spaniard came in with questions after tweaking a foot injury last month in Rome, but he has been displaying his legendary resolve in Paris. He got past rival Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and was in a battle with the third-ranked Zverev in the semis.
Nadal has never lost a final at Roland Garros and will be facing a player who will no doubt be dealing with nerves. The 36-year-old has seen it all during his dominant career at Roland Garros, and he will hammer Ruud’s backhand with his lefty forehand and make the Norwegian respond. Calvert said before the tournament that he thought this could be Nadal’s swan song at Roland Garros, and if that’s the case, the Spaniard will be sure to leave it all on the court.
Ruud is ranked just one spot below Nadal, at No. 6 in the ATP rankings, and he has been the best player on clay since the start of 2020. He is 21-5 on the surface this season and 66-16 since the start of the 2020 season. The two have never faced off before, but their numbers in Paris are very similar. Nadal is at 112 in combined service points won/return points won, while Ruud is at 110. In terms of hold of serve/break of serve, Nadal is 121 and Ruud is at 114.
The 23-year-old has won seven ATP 250 tournaments, and six were on clay courts. He won three straight last summer, at Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel. The Norwegian also should have the clear fitness edge. Nadal has played a ton of tennis over the past two weeks, and his foot injury is a danger to flare up at any time. The Spaniard also has been very up-and-down in his run to the final, looking like his old self against Djokovic but mediocre in his other matches.
How to make Nadal vs. Ruud picks
Calvert has broken down this match, and has locked in a best bet that you need to see. Be sure to see Calvert’s picks and analysis at SportsLine before making your French Open 2022 picks for the men’s final.
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