Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas – French Open, October 9, 2020

| October 8, 2020 2:39 am PDT

Everything points at a final between old foes Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2020 final, but there is still time for one of them to crash out. The Serbian world number one has to face the young and hungry Stefanos Tsitsipas who has reached the Roland-Garros semifinals for the first time.

I share my thoughts on the upcoming clash and the Greek player’s chances to upset the odds in this Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas betting preview. The post includes an analysis of both players, my prediction, and a free betting pick.

Djokovic vs. Tsitsipas Odds

  • Djokovic to win; -336
  • Tsitsipas to win; +281
  • Djokovic (-5); -115
  • Tsitsipas (+5); -105
  • Over 38; -111
  • Under 38; -109

The Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas odds at the top-rated online betting sites show clearly that the Serbian is expected to win this match and that’s hardly a surprise. He’s been in fine form since the start of the tournament, but the same can be said about his opponent.

Novak Djokovic Player Analysis

The first four rounds of the 2020 French Open were easy for Novak Djokovic and the Serbian cruised to the quarterfinals without losing a set. That’s when Pablo Carreno-Busta finally put the world number 1 under some pressure and won the opener on Wednesday.

That forced Djokovic to switch to another gear to win the next three sets comfortably, despite his low first serve percentage. The Serbian also had 41 unforced errors, but he did land 53 winners. His relentless aggression was too much for Carreno-Busta and the question is if Tsitsipas can handle it better.

I believe that he certainly can, so Djokovic will have to be more precise. If he doesn’t cut the unforced errors and improve his first serve, the favorite might be in trouble in Friday’s clash.

Stefanos Tsitsipas Player Analysis

It’s funny that the toughest match Tsitsipas went through in the 2020 Roland-Garros was in the first round against Jaume Munar. I assume the short preparation time after the German Open final was the reason behind that, but the Greek prodigy was almost eliminated early on.

He has been much better since overcoming that hurdle and reached that stage of the French Open for the first time. Tsitsipas hasn’t lost a set since the opening clash and looks at his best in Paris.

The Greek youngster has been serving well and his net play has been outstanding. Another strong side of his game is the defense and the ability to soak pressure. He will need that against Djokovic, but if Tsitsipas can play at his best, he has a shot.

Let’s not forget that he already has two wins from his previous five duels against the world number 1.

Djokovic vs. Tsitsipas Pick

Novak Djokovic has proven through the years that he can elevate the level of his performance based on his opponent. That’s why I expect the best of him and a win against Stefanos Tsitsipas. I don’t think it will easy, though, and the underdog can certainly win a set and keep it tight. That’s why going after the over 38 games market looks like the best pick.

Pick
  • Over 38
    -111
Jerry Summer
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