Will Nadal Secure Back-To-Back French Open Titles?
Rafael Nadal has won the French Open an incredible ten times in his glittering career, dating back to his defeat of Mariano Puerta in 2005. The 31-year-old, who beat Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in last year’s final, is the number one seed this year and 4/9 with William Hill to repeat his heroics from last year.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray won’t be participating at Roland Garros, presenting a potential opportunity for other players to come through and make their mark on the tournament. German Alexander Zverev, seeded number two, is one player who could relish the big stage. The talented youngster - 8/1 with Boylesports to go all the way in Paris - recently won on clay at the Madrid Masters, ending the 2017 season ranked number 4 in the world.
Elsewhere, Dominic Thiem has reached the French Open semi-finals for the past two years and will be looking to go one better this time around. The Austrian is priced 9/1 with Ladbrokes to do so, and he actually beat Nadal on his preferred clay surface earlier this year in Madrid.
Novak Djokovic may have lost some of his form over the past couple of years, slipping down the world rankings as a result, but the Serbian possesses the experience, knowhow and expertise to challenge Nadal if he can hit the ground running. The Serbian is 11/2 with Coral to roll back the years and hold the Slam aloft on Sunday 10th June.
However, Nadal is the master on clay and if on form, he could retain his title without losing a set for the second consecutive year.
Sports.net’s Top Tip for Men’s French Open 2018
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate.
Women’s Tournament Wide Open
Although the Romanian number one seed Simona Halep is tipped to lift the women’s French Open title this year after playing the role of a losing finalist in 2017, the women’s tournament really is wide open this year. Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko is a hard-hitting player who is one to watch, priced at a generous 11/1 with 888Sport to retain her crown, and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina should be competitive come the knockout stages. She’s 6/1 with Ladbrokes to win the first Slam of her career.
Looking further afield, Petra Kvitova enters Roland Garros off the back of winning titles in Prague and Madrid. The former Grand Slam winner has been playing some good tennis recently, and is a tempting 12/1 with Coral to see off the competition and secure the third Slam of her 12-year career.
Serena Williams is another player who should never be written off, despite being unseeded for the French Open and now ranked 453rd in the world rankings. She’s competing in her first major tournament since the birth of her daughter and is 12/1 with William Hill to go all the way at the first time of asking. Having previously won 23 Grand Slams – including three French Opens – the younger of the Williams sisters is always a threat on clay.
The likes of Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova and number two seed Caroline Wozniacki also all harbour realistic ambitions of securing victory at the Open. Nevertheless, backing pe-tournament favourite Halep to right the wrongs of last year by winning the final 12 months later looks to be a sensible bet.
Sports.net’s Top Tip for Women’s French Open 2018
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.