2017 Roland Garros Men’s Finals Picks And Predictions
With the 2017 French Open Men’s championship final just over 48 hours away, the question remains the same as it was when the second major began almost two weeks ago – although there is only one man left standing in his way
Can World No. 4 Rafael Nadal be denied his record, 10th French Open title? If you’re looking for the answer to that now, decade-old question, look no further! Find also the latest tennis betting odds here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The 2017 Roland Garros Men’s Finals Picks And Predictions
World No. 4 Rafael Nadal vs. World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka
Nadal completely annihilated World No. 7 Dominic Thiem in the semis, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in just over two hours to advance to his 10th final at Roland Garros.
“I have been playing a great event,” Nadal said. “But Stan is playing unbelievable, no? It will be a super-hard final and I will need to play at my very best.”
Wawrinka stunned World No.1 Andy Murray in a thrilling five-setter 6-7(8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-1 to reach his second Roland Garros final after winning it all in 2015. Wawrinka also got some French Open revenge against Murray after losing to the Scot in the semis a year ago.
“For sure it wasn’t easy to be two sets to one down. When you play a player like Andy Murray, you know that you can dominate the games, but he’s still going to be there. He’s still going to do incredible defense, play the right tennis in the right moment. That’s why he’s No. 1 in the world,” said Wawrinka.
Championship Analysis and Expert Pick
While Rafael Nadal owns what looks like a commanding 15-3 record against Stan Wawrinka, you should know that, in recent years, the ‘Stanimal’ has compiled a surprising 3-3 record against Nadal over their last six matches dating back to 2014 with one of those victories coming on a clay court at the 2015 Masters 1000 in Rome.
While everyone in the world is expecting Rafael Nadal to win his 10th French Open title, I’ve got a funny feeling that Wawrinka is going to pull off the upset of all upsets in the final.
“I think to play Rafa on clay in the French Open in a final is probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis. He’s the best player ever on clay. He’s going for his 10th Roland Garros, so it’s something really impressive, something tough,” Wawrinka said.
“At the end of the day, it’s a final. The pressure is on both players. No one goes on the court thinking he has no pressure. We both want to win the title, and we both are going to give it all on the court.”
Wawrinka’s one-handed backhand is a thing of beauty and it stands alone as the bet one-hander on the planet when taking high balls at shoulder height. I know Wawrinka spent more energy in his semifinal match than Nadal did in cruising through his, but you should know that the Stanimal is a perfect 3-0 when he reaches a Grand Slam final.
I know most people will think it’s absurd to believe that Wawrinka could beat Rafa on his favorite surface, but no one really saw any of the sweet-swinging Swiss superstars other grand slam titles coming either did they? I’m going with Stan Wawrinka to pull off the gigantic upset to win the 2017 French open in five sets!