French Open Novak Djokovic vs. Alex Molcan Odds, Picks, Predictions (May 25)
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- Novak Djokovic is a heavy favorite against Alex Molcan in the second round at Roland Garros.
- He's facing a player who is now coached by his former coach, Marian Vajda.
- Read on to see how we're betting the match.
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Djokovic vs. Molcan Odds
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Novak Djokovic takes on Alex Molcan in a rematch of last year’s Belgrade final, but this time with a unique twist. Djokovic’s long-time coach Marian Vajda will be in the opposing box.
Both players arrive on a hot streak. Djokovic is fresh off a title in Rome and Molcan finished as a runner-up in Lyon last week. In a match with a massive line, let’s dive into the best way to find value.
Djokovic Is Officially Back
After his long hiatus due to off-court dealings, Djokovic struggled to pick up wins. He was spraying errors more than we had seen in years, but more importantly, he would fade in extended matches as his fitness was visibly lacking.
Then came the Masters tournaments of Madrid and Rome where he reached the semi-final before falling in a deciding tiebreaker to the surging star Carlos Alcaraz before finding triumph in Rome not long after.
The world No. 1 was once again playing as his ranking would suggest. After a quick start to the French Open against Yoshihito Nishioka where Djokovic surrendered only four games, he has his eyes on a record-tying 21st Grand Slam title.
Molcan Ready For Rematch
Molcan is in peak form as he resides at a career high ranking of 38. He has been the runner-up twice on the year and has made a vital addition to his team with Marian Vajda.
The Slovak has had two matchups against a top-10 opponent in 2022, winning one and falling in a tight third set in the other.
With revenge on his mind as well as the advantage of knowing his opponent’s game – thanks to their previous matchup and his acquisition of Djokovic’s former coach – Molcan will feel confident in his chance to turn some eyes.
Facing an opponent with inside information on their game is an advantage that does not come around often.
Vajda was part of Djokovic’s team throughout his great success and will know his strengths and weaknesses better than anyone else. Beyond Vajda raising Molcan’s game to the next level, he will also be able to find the best ways to cause the seemingly impenetrable Djokovic some problems.
I fully expect Molcan to arrive in this match fired up. He will cherish the opportunity to have a rematch against Djokovic and be able to play with much less pressure than their last matchup, which occurred in a final.
Molcan may experience slight fatigue following a final in Lyon and limited days of rest, but his motivation and current form will keep the match competitive.
Pick: Molcan +9.5 Games (-120)
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