French Open 2016 Semi Finals Betting Preview

Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 01:12 PM

As the French Open reaches the semi-final stage, world number one Novak Djokovic will be hoping to claim his first title at Roland Garros after being pipped at the post in three of the last four years. Standing in the way of Djokovic’s clean sweep is the up-and-coming Dominic Thiem. The young Austrian will be looking to cause a monumental upset having already beaten Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in 2016.

In the other semi-final, current champion Stan Wawrinka takes on Andy Murray in a repeat of the 2013 U.S Open quarter final. Murray will be looking to reach his first French Open final having narrowly missed out in 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, Wawrinka will be hoping to notch up an eighth win over the Brit, therefore levelling the pair’s overall head-to–head record in professional tournaments.


  • Djokovic enters his semi-final having lost just one set so far in the tournament (3-6 to Bautista Agut in round four). Thiem, on the other hand, has been forced to really work for his place in the last four, completing just one of his five games in straight sets. The 22-year old has also had to overcome four tie-breaks, including a 9-7 win in the quarter final against David Goffin.
  • Murray made hard work of his first two rounds at Roland Garros, being taken to five sets on both occasions. Since then, it has been relatively plain sailing, with two straight sets wins and a four sets win in the quarter final. Wawrinka has had things a little easier having completed three of his five games in straight sets. However, a topsy-turvy first round five sets win against Lukas Rosol didn’t get his tournament off to the best of starts.’s view

Djokovic will be determined to power on through to the final and finally clinch the one Grand Slam title that has so far eluded him in his career. The Serb currently holds the Australian Open, U.S Open and Wimbledon titles and will be looking to become the first player since Australian Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four titles simultaneously. Meanwhile, Thiem is treading fresh ground having never previously made it beyond the second round on clay and will be looking to upset the odds to record a first career victory over the world number one. The gifted youngster is capable, there’s no question about it, but this may be a step too far at this stage of his blossoming career.

With the bookmakers seemingly convinced Djokovic will make the final, all that’s left is to find out who must try and stop him. Murray, who is aiming to become the first British winner of this competition since 1935, will be fired up to deny the 29-year-old his first French Open title having lost four of his previous six Grand Slam finals to the seemingly all-conquering Serb. However, Wawrinka will not give up his title easily, so expect a tightly-fought contest as the second and third seeds do battle. The 31-year old Swiss will try his very best to make it to a second consecutive final at Roland Garros and reclaim his crown.  

  •’s top tip: Djokovic/Murray final 13/8
Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:12:47+00:00
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