The second Grand Slam of the tennis season got underway on Sunday, with the pinnacle of the clay court season at Roland Garros in Paris, the French Open.
Eight times winner Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the leading favourites in the men’s draw, whilst reigning champion Serena Williams is the overwhelming favourite from the women’s tournament.
Djokovic and Nadal Odds
Ahead of almost every Slam and Masters tournament, it’s the world number one and two that are made the favourites by the bookies and after Djokovic’s win over Nadal in the recent Rome Masters, it’s the Serb who edges the outrights.
He’s only ever reached the final in Paris once in 2012, but after missing the Madrid Open with a wrist injury, the world number two hit back in style a week ago to claim the title in Italy’s capital. Coral currently offer the best odds at 6/4.
Nadal’s incredible record in Paris makes it a slight surprise that he’s second favourite for the title, although he has also been beaten by Djokovic in the final of the Miami Masters back in February.
BET OF THE DAY: He’s won the title eight times in the past nine years and an offer of 15/8 with Betfred won’t last long, and would certainly be a fairly safe bet in the outrights.
French Open Men’s Outright Betting
Stan Wawrinka won the season’s first Grand Slam the Australian Open back in January and is enjoying his strongest season in the professional game. The Swiss also claimed the Monte Carlo Masters crown in April and he’s currently up to third in the world rankings. Sportingbet offer the best price on him winning the title at 12/1.
Roger Federer has four final appearances to his name at the French Open but has been stopped by king of the clay Nadal on all four occasions. He’s through to the second round after beating Slovakia’s Lukáš Lacko in straight sets and Bet Victor currently price him at 25/1 in the outright odds.
David Ferrer made the final here last year but found the irresistible Nadal too hot to handle as he was beaten in straight sets. The Spaniard hasn’t had the strongest of seasons so far, reaching the quarters in Australia whilst his best Masters finish was a run to the semis in Madrid. He’s available at 25/1 with Paddy Power.
Andy Murray has had a poor season so far and is down to eighth in the world rankings – his best finish was a semi-final exit at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel back in February. William Hill price him at 25/1.
French Open Women’s Outrights
Serena Williams is already over the first hurdle in defending her French open title that she won for the second time last year, beating wildcard entry Alizé Lim with ease. She’s a big favourite to retain the title at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.
Li Na claimed the first Grand Slam of the season in Australia back in January and is currently available at 6/1 with Sportingbet.
2012 champion Maria Sharapova looks in good form after claiming the Madrid Open title at the start of April and is best priced at 7/1 with Bet Victor.
Simona Halep was the beaten in that final and is available at 14/1 with Totesport. Other leading for the title include 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic at 18/1 with Paddy Power and Australian Open semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwańska at 33/1 with Bet Victor.
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Live coverage from the tournament over the next fortnight is available on ITV3 and ITV4 and British Eurosport 1 and 2.