Nadal 11/10 For 12th French Open Title

May 24, 2019

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Clay court supremo Rafael Nadal is 11/10 with 888Sport to extend his unbelievable record at the French Open to a 12th Grand Slam title in Paris.

The Spaniard is also seeking a third hat-trick in France after winning four titles between 2005 and 2008, and then another five between 2010 and 2014. Another one this year would follow success here in 2017 and 2018.

Rafa arrives in pretty good form as well and looks primed to try and defend his title once again. Semi-final exits in the Monte-Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open and the Madrid Open, all on clay, we’re followed by a victory over world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Italian Open, again on clay.

That is a tournament that Nadal regularly targets before going on to winning the French Open, doing exactly that before 8 of his 11 Grand Slam victories on clay, including the last two renewals.

He’s simply dominated clay court tennis in his generation, illustrated by the fact he has only missed out on winning this tournament three times since first lifting the title at Roland Garros in 2005. So far in his career, if he’s made the French Open final, he’s won it.

Only Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic have managed to get their hands on the French Open in that time, and it’s the latter who is likely to pose the biggest threat to Nadal in the next fortnight.

Djokovic, 5/2 with Betfred, has resurged to form in the past 12 months, winning the last three Grand Slam titles of Wimbledon, the US Open and most recently the Australian Open.

His clay court game appears to be in good shape too, because after dropping out at the quarter-final stage of the Monte-Carlo Masters, he bounced back to win the final in Madrid, before Nadal won 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in the final of the Italian Open.

Ladbrokes go 13/8 that Nadal and Djokovic will meet in the French Open final for the third time, while a repeat of last year’s tournament decider between Nadal and Dominic Thiem is priced up at 4/1 with the same firm.

As for the women’s side of the draw, that isn’t quite so dominated by one individual, although defending champion Simona Halep tops the betting at 9/2 with 888Sport.

She’s only had a brief preparation for the French Open, and they weren’t exactly vintage performances. A straight sets defeat in the final of the Madrid Open was followed by a second-round exit to 19-year-old Marketa Vondrosova in Rome, and that wouldn’t have you rushing to back Halep for the big one.

She has, however, featured in three of the last five French Open finals, winning last year, and that kind of form goes a long way to show why she is favourite.

Author: Luke

As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.

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