The French Open, which begins on May 28th and culminates on June 11th, is perhaps the most betting friendly tennis tournament around. It might even have the most attractive odds for punting among any sporting events. It is the tournament where the giant killing is a normal practice rather than an occasional miracle. The big hitting stars who dominate on the hard synthetic courts usually find their nemesis here. The only thing near certain at Roland Garros over the last few years is this: Anybody may win or lose; But Rafael Nadal will win. Will that change this year?
Nadal first won the French Open in 2005. In the 12 tournaments since then, he has failed only in three years. Roger Federer won in 2009; Stan Wawrinka won in 2015 and Novak Djokovic won in 2016. Nadal was struggling with injury in the last few years. But he came back well this year, reaching the final of Australian Open and winning a couple of recent European Clay Court tournaments. He will be the clear-cut favourite in the French Open, but this time his victory is not as guaranteed as in his heydays.
There are many contenders – young and old. But Djokovic is not one of them. He is struggling for form even on his preferred hard courts. The clay court in Rolland Garros is not conducive for his style of play. It is better you leave him out from your online betting calculations. The same is the case with Andy Murray. He is unlikely to progress much on clay courts. Federer has decided to skip the French Open to focus more on the Wimbledon. From the old guard, two players can cause headache to Nadal: Wawrinka and Juan Martin Del Potro.
The young brigade is poised to make their mark on this tournament. Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem have been raising their hands in the ATP circuit for some time. This French Open could witness their star turn. Zverev and Thiem are in Nadal’s draw. Thiem defeated Nadal in the Rome Masters – the only time Nadal lost in clay this year. By winning the Rome Masters earlier this month, Zverev became the youngest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 event since Djokovic won the Miami Masters in 2007.
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The absence of Serene Williams, because of pregnancy, will leave the Women’s section of the French Open without an alpha female. In that context, Simona Halep will start as the favourite. She usually plays well below her best in grand slam events. But the absence of other top players like Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova makes her the marquee player. Elina Svitolina, who won the Rome Masters, should also be in the favourite list. Top seed Angelique Kerber seems to be doing a Djokovic, as she has not won a single tournament in 2017. Here chances of winning the French Open are slim. Reigning champion champion Garbine Muguruza is suffering from stiff neck and may not participate in the tournament. That leaves Svetlana Kuznetsova as a credible surprise package.
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