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Rafael Nadal Wins 2022 French Open as +400 Underdog

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If you had bet on Rafael Nadal to win the French Open throughout his career, you’d be returning at a very profitable rate, but what about if you bet on him this year?

You would have secured the biggest underdog title of Nadal’s 14 French Open victories.

Nadal beat Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday to capture La Coupe des Mousquetaires.

This has already become one of the best seasons of Nadal’s career, as he won his second Australian Open title from a +550 position and defeated Novak Djokovic as a +200 underdog in the semifinals at Roland Garros.

Nadal came into Roland Garros at a plus-money price only four prior times in his career, with his longest odds before this year’s event coming before the 2015 tournament. Then, he came into the French Open at +400 due to injury battles and inconsistent form.

Nadal has won 14 of the past 18 French Open titles. Only Novak Djokovic (2x), Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka have won the event in that period.

Year Nadal Opening French Open Price Result
2022 +400 Title
2021 -120 Loss SF
2020 +125 Title
2019 -110 Title
2018 -255 Title
2017 -107 Title
2016 -110 WD R3
2015 +400 Loss QF
2014 +130 Title
2013 -150 Title
2012 -150 Title
2011 -110 Title
2010 -250 Title
2009 -400 Loss R4
2008 -200 Title
2007 -163 Title
2006 -125 Title
2005 +200 Title

Outside of the French Open, Nadal won the rest of his Grand Slam titles as an underdog in all but one event, the 2013 US Open.

His Australian Open title from earlier this year represents the longest odds that Nadal has had before a Slam that he won.

The 22-time Slam champion has nothing else to prove, but he ticked off another unique box on his resume by winning Majors as a solid underdog.

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