Roland Garros – The Greatest Stage on clay
Here it is, the second major of the year. A tournament dominated by a certain Rafa Nadal in the past but now an indication perhaps, of a time of change. Djokovic, Murray, Nishikori and the whole field look to take the crown from the Spaniard. But the quality will be high, and the odds will be good which is what we’re interested in.
It is hard to look away from those favoured in the betting and we will find some daily bets going forward but here are our pre-tournament bets. Lets see if we can continue our winning run.
You will note – no Djokovic in our betting. The reason for that is that he has never won here before and as much as he will be ultra determined to add this elusive title to his belt at the best priced 10-11 he is just no value. We also haven’t put up standing dish Rafa Nadal – simply because he just isn’t as good as he used to be, as shown by Murray’s demolition of him last weekend. This tournament is all about coping with both the surface and dealing with the incredible physical demands and whilst he is in the form of his life that’s what worries me most about Murray adding another major. However he just might get a dream run through so lets see.
The Scot battered Rafa Nadal last week as for probably the first time ever he is one of the front-runners for the French Open title. If he maintains his current form he can be considered a serious contender but Andy is not the most reliable to put your money on. Mistakes happen again and again with Andy but he can make the final here and show he has matured.
The Japanese based player has had one of the fastest climbs into superstar territory and he is improving in ability an confidence every day. He has the endurance of 1000 men but his serve is the problem. He is the dark horse and with his stamina he will be able to endure the searing temperatures in Paris and will thrive on the fact that this tournament is two weeks and other players will tire.
With his superb win over world number 2, Roger Federer, on clay in Madrid last week he gets a seeding for the first time in a Major. He thrives on this surface and his game is in a good place right now. I expect him to take out one or two big names before getting through to the semis. He has a lot of game and a liking for this surface as he stands happily back in the court. He is a name for the future and it may start here in France. He is definitely overpriced with Skybet.