Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were the two betting favorites before the 2021 French Open began on the men's side. On Friday, the two standout players will face off with a berth in the men's final on the line. Nadal is the reigning champion and 13-time winner, while Djokovic enters as the No. 1 player in the world. The match is set to commence at 11:30 am ET at Roland Garros.
Nadal is a -275 favorite (risk $275 to win $100) in the latest Nadal vs. Djokovic odds from William Hill Sportsbook, with Djokovic getting +210 (risk $100 to win $210) as the underdog. William Hill set the over-under for total games at 36.5, with Nadal favored by 5.5 games. Before making any 2021 French Open picks, be sure to see the latest tennis predictions from SportsLine's Sean Calvert.
Calvert is the renowned handicapper who called Stan Wawrinka winning the 2014 Australian Open at 60-1. In 2019, Calvert took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1, among many stunning calls. Anyone following his picks has seen some huge returns.
Now, Calvert has locked in on the 2021 French Open men's semifinal matchup featuring Nadal vs. Djokovic and revealed his best bets. Head to SportsLine to see them.
Top Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic predictions
Nadal is the most dominant player in the history of the French Open, winning 13 titles and posting a 105-2 all-time record in the event. That includes a stellar mark against Djokovic, as he has won seven of eight matches against his top-ranked opponent. The only loss came in 2015, and Nadal allowed Djokovic to win only seven games in the last meeting in the 2020 French Open final.
Nadal has 86 winners to this point in the tournament, and he has clear edges against Djokovic in French Open play. He has won 10 percent more points on his second serve in previous matches, and Djokovic maintains only a 56.8 percent win rate on all service points against Nadal at Roland Garros.
Still, Djokovic is the top overall player in the world and there are strengths for him to fall back on. He has the rest advantage in the matchup and, overall, it would be fair to suggest that Nadal isn't playing at his absolute best. From there, Djokovic holds a career 29-28 edge in overall play against Nadal. While clay is Nadal's best surface by a mile, Djokovic has also won four of the last 10 matches on the dirt in the head-to-head battle.
How to make Djokovic vs. Nadal picks
In addition to the winner, Calvert has released other strong best bets, including one that returns around 3-1. Be sure to see Calvert's picks and analysis before locking in your French Open picks 2021 for the men's semifinals.
Who wins Djokovic vs. Nadal in the French Open 2021 men's semifinal? And what other pick could lead to a big return? Visit SportsLine now to see Sean Calvert's best bets, all from the tennis handicapper who has a track record of bringing huge returns.