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The second Grand Slam of this tennis season gets underway at Roland Garros on May 24th and looks set to be one of the most competitive men’s renewals for quite some time.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal has completely dominated this tournament for the last decade, but the world number seven is not currently the force of old. Although Nadal has won nine of the last ten French Opens, the bookies do not make him favourite for this year’s title.
Rafa is on offer at a best price of 10/3 with Coral, and while he hasn’t been in the best of form in recent months, that price on the defending champion is sure to make plenty of appeal to some tennis pundits. I can personally see Nadal upping his game for his return to Roland Garros, and he still warrants plenty of respect when you consider that he has lost just one match here over the past ten years.
World number one Novak Djokovic was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the 2014 French Open final, but is fancied to reverse that form this year, and Bet365 have priced up the Serb at odds of 8/11 to win his first French Open title this year. Djokovic has established himself as the undisputed best player in the world over the past few years, and having already won the other three Grand Slams, he will be desperate to complete the set sooner rather than later.
With Nadal really struggling to reach the heights of previous seasons, this is arguably Novak’s best ever opportunity to take the French Open crown. The reigning Australian Open champion is definitely no slouch on clay, and I can see why he has been priced up at such short odds for the 2015 edition of this prestigious tournament.
Andy Murray‘s record on clay isn’t up to the standards of his rivals at the head of the world rankings, but his performances on the surface this season suggest that the Scot would not be without a chance at the 2015 French Open. Having been a huge underdog to win his recent Madrid Masters final against Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray managed to upset the odds and see off an opponent who had had never before defeated on clay.
Nadal held a 6-0 record over Murray going into the match, but you would not have known that was the case watching this particular final. The Scot looked very assured indeed during a 6-3, 6-2 success, and the Madrid title was actually Andy Murray’s second on clay in a matter of weeks. Having taken the decision to have a well earned rest since last week, the two-time Grand Slam winner should arrive in France in confident mood, and this could well be the year that Murray finally makes a serious impact at the French Open.
For me, the title definitely rests between Djokovic, Nadal and Murray, and at the prices on offer, the value play has to be Andy Murray at the 8/1 mark with Bet365. Murray comes into the tournament in the best form of his life where this clay surface is concerned, and should make a bold bid to win a first French Open title.
Back Andy Murray at 8/1 with Bet365