French Open Odds - Finals Set
Rafael Nadal will face Roger Soderling in the French Open Men’s final Sunday, while Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone battle Saturday for the women’s title.
French Open Men’s Final
Second seed Rafael Nadal will be gunning for his fourth French Open title on Sunday as he takes on fifth seed Roger Soderling, who lost in the finals last year. Bovada does not have odds posted for this match, as the second match recently finished at time of writing, but check back to Bovada since they always have the earliest lines.
Nadal may be a little fresher in the match, as he beat Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the semifinals while Soderling played in a five set thriller beating Tomas Berdych 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. It is interesting that the win was Soderling’s first five set victory in his career.
Soderling already avenged his loss in last year’s finals beating top seed Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, but beating Nadal in for the title will be very tough, especially since Nadal has not lost a set all tournament.
Nadal has a perfect game for clay, which he has shown in dominating the French open for the last few years, but Soderling has an all around game and will put up a fight on Sunday on the red clay. Soderling will have to serve well and deal with Nadal’s punishing groundstrokes and if he can do those things he has a decent chance to win.
Women's French Open Final
Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone faced each other in the first round of last year’s French Open and now they will play in the finals on Saturday.
Bovada has the seventh seed Stosur as the major favorite posted at -450 with 17th seed Schiavone posted at +325. There is a bit of history being made in this match, as Stosur is the first woman from Australia to play in a Grand Slam final since the 1980 Australian Open and Schiavone is the first Italian woman to reach a Grand Slam final.
Stosur has had a very impressive run to the finals, as she has beaten three players that have been ranked number one at some time in their career in Justine Henin (fourth round), Serena Williams (quarterfinals), and Jelena Jankovic (semifinals). In the first semifinal Schiavone won the first set against fifth seed Elena Dementieva 7-6 in a marathon in 69 minutes, and Dementieva then retired with an injury.
She said she tore a calf muscle in the second round and simply could not go on. Stosur is a very strong woman with a powerful game and Schiavone is a very consistent player that has a great all-around game. If Stosur has her serve going she will be tough to beat.
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