French Open Preview

Posted on May 11 2018

Who's Favourite for the French Open 

According to the bookies, and well, pretty much everybody, the French Open is a foregone conclusion. At present, the best odds you can get on Rafael Nadal to win the tournament are ½, meaning, if you put £1 on, you win 50p. This wouldn’t be unusual if it was for Nadal to win a match, but this is for him to win 7 in a row. Given his dominance on clay, this is not surprising, but still, anything can happen over the course of two weeks of tennis, so with the bookies offering some good odds on a variety of high profile players, who do we think is worth a punt should Nadal falter?

Novak Djokovic

By his standards, the 12 time Grand Slam winner has had a terrible season. But, he is just that, a 12 time Grand Slam champion and former French Open winner. Experience of winning Grand Slam titles is irreplaceable when it comes to the big tournaments and Djokovic has the know-how to make it deep into the tournament. While his clay court results have been very poor, losing in the round of 32 in Monte Carlo and last 16 in Barcelona, there is plenty of time to find form during a Grand Slam. If things start to click for Djokovic and something happens to Nadal, then surely Djokovic has to shoot to the top of the favorites list.



Dominic Thiem

The 24-year-old has had good success at the French Open in previous years, reaching the semi-finals in the last two years. Thiem has a solid game for the clay with his aggressive baseline style and strong defensive strokes, coupled with his willingness to grind out results. His clay court season has been solid if unspectacular, reaching the quarterfinals in both Barcelona and Monte Carlo, where he suffered a crushing 6-0, 6-2 loss to Nadal. Despite this, Thiem’s strong record at the French Open means that if some of the big names fall early, he will have a reasonable shot at his first Grand Slam title.

Kei Nishikori

Nishikori is a man with experience of making the finals of a Grand Slam, having reached the final in New York in 2014, and reached the quarterfinals in Paris last year. Like Thiem, he has a solid groundstroke game that is well suited to the clay, and he has been in good form of late, reaching the final in Monte Carlo. On the way, he beat some experienced players in former French Open semi-finalist Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and world number 4, Alexander Zverev. If Nishikori continues his form and can continue to find his way through against experienced guys like Berdych and Cilic then he could well be the last man standing should something happen to Nadal.

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