Nadal expected to collect fourth French Open title in rearranged Paris Grand Slam

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The 2020 French Open has been rearranged for later this year, much to the delight of sports fans. Play will begin in Paris on Sunday 20 September with service in the opening match.

Followers will then enjoy two weeks of action-packed men and women’s tennis before a champion is crowned at Stade Roland Garros.

This year’s event will be the 124th edition of the world-famous Grand Slam event; 2020 promises to be one of the most competitive and eagerly anticipated French Open renewals in memory.

Nadal targets 13th Paris title

Rafael Nadal will arrive in Paris a relieved and determined player as the Spaniard targets what will be his fourth French Open title in as many years. The 33-year-old from Mallorca, currently enjoying a career revival following an extended period on the sidelines with injury, makes no secret of his love for the Parisian clay courts and rates as the competition’s most successful player.

Rafa has won this prize no less than 12 times already, first claiming glory back in 2005 when seeing off Mariano Puerta of Argentina by a score of three sets to one, despite losing the opener 6-7. That fightback began a remarkable love affair between Nadal and the French Open, the locals taking the champion to their hearts during his run of form.

Having claimed glory here in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Nadal will be popular amongst betters to continue his winning ways. The current tennis betting odds on the French Open outright place the defending champion as odds-on favourite, ahead of nearest rivals Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem who make up the top three in the bookmaker’s list.

Third time lucky for Thiem

The stats make it difficult to build a strong case against Nadal doing as expected and banking the winner’s cheque, but could it be a case of third time lucky for the competition’s nearly man. 26-year-old Thiem has finished as beaten finalist in each of the last two years, but the scores suggest he is moving in the right direction.

The current world number three was wiped out by Rafa in 2018 when surrendering to defeat in three sets, the scoreboard reading 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. The pride of Lichtenworth couldn’t overturn the result 12 months later, but he did take a set from Nadal on that occasion, losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. Will 2020 finally be the year he finally wins a Grand Slam?

He was runner up in Melbourne at the Australian Open earlier this year and his form in Paris ensures he’ll be a popular pick with those eager to take on the champion.