Carlos Alcaraz Just Behind Rafael Nadal In French Open Odds After Madrid Open Win

Written By Nicole Russo on May 9, 2022
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Carlos Alcaraz became the only person to beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on clay during the same tournament in his impressive Madrid Open win last weekend. Now, the 19 year old will rank as the No. 6 men’s player in the world.

According to the latest French Open odds, he is one of the favorites to win his first major in Paris later this month.

2022 French Open Odds

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Rafael Nadal
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-550
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-650
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-550
Novak Djokovic
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Casper Rudd
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+400
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia
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Stefanos Tsitsipas
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Alexander Zverev
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Daniil Medvedev
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Jannik Sinner
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Andrey Rublev
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Miomir Kecmanovic
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Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune
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Felix Auger-Alissime
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Marin Cilic
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Iga Swiatek
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-650
Amanda Anisimova
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Cori Gauff
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+500
Paula Badosa Gibert
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Jil Belen Teichmann
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Aryna Sabalenka
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Leylah Annie Fernandez
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Victoria Azarenka
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Sloane Stephens
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Jessica Pegula
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Elena Rybakina
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Veronika Kudermetova
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Alcaraz Claims Historic Win At Madrid Open

Carlos Alcaraz entered the Madrid Open, a Masters 1000 tournament, as one of the hottest players on the tour. Just a year ago, the teenager finally broke the top 120 and began entering major tournaments.

Now he is being labeled the future of men’s tennis.

He secured his fourth title of 2022 in Madrid, but the road to victory wasn’t an easy one. In fact, he had to do something never before done: beat both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same clay tournament.

Alcaraz looked unflappable in his quarterfinal match against Nadal, winning the first set 6-3. Then, an ankle injury in the second set turned the whole thing around. Alcaraz was clearly bothered and off of his game, allowing Nadal to take a quick 6-1 win in the second.

Things weren’t looking so hot for Carlos, but he overcame his injury and beat one of his idols by holding 6-3 in the third. His huge forehand winners and grit didn’t go unnoticed. After the match, Nadal commented,

“It’s obvious there’s [a change in guard]. He turned 19 yesterday, I’m almost 36 years old. If [the change] begins today or not, we will find out in the next months. I’m happy for him. He was better than me in several aspects of the game.”

Beating one of your idols is tough enough, beating another in the next match after is even harder. Alcaraz took on Novak Djokovic in the semis in Madrid, winning 6-7, 7-5, 7-6.

It was a long match, but Alcaraz won 74% of his first-serve points and had 50 winners compared to Djokovic’s 29, helping him secure the win after over three hours.

Are Nadal And Djokovic In Major Tennis Shape?

Alcaraz is in elite company as one of the betting favorites to win the French Open, sandwiched between Nadal and Djokovic on the odds boards. He might be the player that is most conditioned, as well.

Nadal has been healing from a rib injury suffered in March during the finals at Indian Wells. His team reported in April that he hadn’t been able to return to the court, focusing instead on rehabbing inside of the gym.

The Madrid Open was his first major “warm-up” for the French Open after suffering the injury.

Djokovic has been out of the mix for a while, as well. Novak played just his fourth match in 2022 at the Monte Carlo Masters in April, suffering an early loss in the Round of 32. He missed the Australian Open, Miami Open, and Indian Wells due to vaccine requirements.

While his play is steadily getting back to the Djokovic we are all used to, there’s no doubt the lack of match conditioning has taken its toll on Novak the last few months.

Alcaraz, on the other hand, is the youngest of the bunch by a lot, just barely turning 19. He has won two Masters 1000 tournaments already this year and has a ton of match play under his belt heading into the French Open.

The crowd will definitely be rooting for him too.

French Open Schedule

  • Dates: May 22–June 5
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Network: Tennis Channel, NBC, Peacock
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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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