French Open Best Bets for June 9

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Coco Gauff (-120) vs. Barbora Krejcikova (-109) Total: 21.5

Gauff's season on the clay has been nothing short of sublime. She's won nine matches in a row, dating back to her second main-draw title in Parma. Her only losses on clay, in 22 matches? Iga Swiatek, whose early-career form on clay mirrors Rafael Nadal's, Karolina Pliskova, a former World No. 1, and the dangerous Ons Jabeur.

It's been nearly impossible to even get a set off of Gauff on the clay, with just one match over her winning streak — her semifinal in Parma — going the distance. Her groundstrokes have continued to improve in their consistency, and her service has only stood to gain more power as she's gotten older.

Krejcikova is a fantastic doubles player — she's a former No.1 — but it's only been recently that she's started to really ascend in singles. Her net play and general feel for the game is fantastic, and on the clay she's also been pretty unstoppable. There have been a few bad losses this year, however, and I think in a match as big as this one, which will be the biggest of her career, the nerves will set in and Gauff's experience in the spotlight will pay off. With tensions high it's always a good idea to back the player who simply injects more pace, and that'll be Gauff. I expect her depth to be too much for Krejcikova.

Edge: Gauff -120

Novak Djokovic (-475) vs. Matteo Berrettini (+330) Total: 34.5

Here's an interesting one. A month ago, you'd have said Novak would run Berrettini off the court, with how out of it he looked. Now, you've got Berrettini back to the form which got him two clay titles in 2018 and 2019. His huge serve has been placed expertly, and his forehand has been blowing his competition off the court.

Now, it should be said here that Berrettini really hasn't faced anybody to this point at Roland Garros. While that will keep him fresh (he also advanced to the quarterfinals via a walkover after Roger Federer withdrew), it could also work against him.

The bottom line here is that I think Berrettini looks better at the moment rather than Djokovic. The Serb has had a rough year on the clay for his standards, losing to Aslan Karatsev in his home country before eventually capturing the title there a couple weeks later against a significantly worse field. He lost to Dan Evans in Monte Carlo, and was absolutely demolished by Rafael Nadal in the third set in Rome. He'll never be the best player in the world on this surface until Nadal's gone, and he'll never be the unbeatable pusher that he is on a hardcourt on this surface.

I expect Berrettini to stun Djokovic early, just as Lorenzo Musetti did, though I don't expect him to fade, considering he's a former grand slam semifinalist who won't be fazed by the stage. Regardless of what happens here early, and whether or not Berrettini wins a set, his dominance on serve should help him cover this game spread.

Edge: Berrettini +6.5 Games