Tennis Betting: French Open 2018 Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions

Will Rafa rule again?
At 7/2 a £10 bet would return £45
Men’s French Open
May 27,2018
10:00AM

The French Open 2018 gets underway on Sunday 27th May, with the official draw for both the singles taking place following the culmination of the qualifiers two days earlier.

Such is the dominance of Rafael Nadal in the men’s game on the red clay of Roland Garros that the 10-time French Open champion is a best price of just 1/2 (1.50) with SunBets to retain the title. Injury aside, it’s difficult to see anyone stopping the Spaniard, particularly with his three historic rivals all either absent or lacking form.

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Roger Federer has again decided to give the clay court season a miss, preferring to focus on the grass court season. Andy Murray has still to return from injury, whilst Novak Djokovic continues to struggle for form following elbow surgery.

You can even bet on Nadal v The Field at Paddy Power, who quote Nadal at odds of 4/9 and The Field at 7/4. The same bookie also offers Nadal at 7/2 to win the title without dropping a set. Given that he lost just 35 games in winning the tournament in 2017 that looks a bet.

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As a result, Nadal’s main challengers this year could be Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. Thiem is 9/1 (10.00) with BetFred, with Zverev available at 12/1 (13.00) at bet365*.

Thiem recently beat Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open, the third win of his career over Nadal on clay. Zverev went on to beat Thiem in the final. In both cases, avoiding Nadal’s half of the draw could be crucial in terms of each-way betting options.

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Women’s French Open Betting

By contrast, the Women’s event looks wide open. Petra Kvitova is the form player at present, with her win at the Madrid Open being her fourth title this season.

Other than a semi-final appearance in 2012, the 28 year-old Czech player has never been beyond the 4th round in Paris though. Even so, the 20/1 on her winning the French Open at 188bet appeals.

World ranked no. 1 Simona Halep has still yet to win her first Grand Slam title, although she did feature in two of the last four French Open finals. She is the tournament favourite at 11/2 with bet365*.

The 23 year-old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open this year and has reached the same stage at Roland Garros in two of the last three years. At 10/1 with Boylesports, she could represent some each-way value

‘Win Without Losing a Set’ – Rafael Nadal @ 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power

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