Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud French Open Odds, Pick | Expert Predictions & Preview

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Djokovic vs Ruud Odds

Djokovic Odds-475
 Ruud Odds+360
Over/Under37.5 (-105 / -115)
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Novak Djokovic was able to defeat a cramp-hampered Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals of the French Open, and he will look to defeat Casper Ruud in order to earn a men's record 23rd Grand Slam title.

Djokovic is currently tied with Rafael Nadal at the top of the Grand Slam count in the men's rankings, with both players at 22. Ruud is in his third Slam final out of the last five Slam events, showcasing his consistency at the top level of the game.

The Norwegian was dominated by Nadal in the 2022 French Open final, but he pushed Alcaraz to his limits at the 2022 US Open final.

Nonetheless, Ruud is 0-2 in major finals, but he returns to the Roland Garros final with another chance to put his name in the history books.

Will Djokovic put a bow on yet another legendary Grand Slam run, or will Ruud pick up a shocking first Grand Slam title?

Read on for our expert predictions ahead of the Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud French Open final.

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Djokovic vs Ruud Picks

Kenny Ducey: Ruud has done a very good job of distinguishing himself from the rest of the chase group behind the top tier in the men’s game. He’s now in his third Grand Slam final and can probably claim to be a better player than the likes of Karen Khachanov, Alexander Zverev and most players outside of the top 20.

One thing that’s not really clear is whether or not he’s ready to rise to the level of Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev. His backhand is still a huge weakness that will be exposed by the game’s best, but Ruud has served well enough and brought enough offense with his forehand to muscle past some pretty tough competition in recent years.

Ruud’s nerves have still gotten the better of him many times over the last two years, notably in every Slam final he’s been in, and he still made a huge amount of careless errors in his win over Zverev. His last two opponents have not even bothered to show up for their matches, and with that I think Ruud’s stock is a bit inflated entering this final.

Djokovic has been rock solid this entire tournament and has given nothing away. He should eat the Ruud backhand for breakfast and breeze past his counterpart on the back of his vast body of experience.

This number is very appealing to me. While Djokovic has been guilty of dropping sets in Slam finals, he can still cover this number with a set loss. I think this should be one-way traffic, save for perhaps one tight set at the onset of this match.

Pick: Under 37.5 games (-115)

Carmine Carcieri: The semifinal match between Djokovic and Alcaraz might’ve gone differently if the Spaniard didn’t start suffering from nervous cramps early in the third set.

But that shouldn’t take anything away from the experienced — clearly more relaxed — Djokovic.

And in this match versus Casper Ruud, that experience should win out again.

Ruud is playing in his third major final — which is more than Alcaraz can say — but the Serbian is searching for his 23rd Grand Slam title of his career.

This has clearly provided him motivation, and his clay-court struggles from earlier this season have officially been put into the past.

Djokovic has lost just two sets in the French Open and has covered four of six game spreads in this event.

Also, history points to Djokovic covering this number. These two have played four head-to-head matches, with the Serbian winning every one in straight sets.

That trend should continue, as I expect Djokovic to cruise to a three-set victory and yet another title at Roland Garros.

Pick: Djokovic -5.5 games (-115)

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