After only six months away, the world’s best players are back in the French capital for another crack at the clay in the 2021 French Open.
The undisputed king of this surface will be aiming to reign supreme again as Rafael Nadal returns to defend his crown in the French capital, while Iga Świątek will be looking to prove her success was no fluke as one of the youngest ever Women’s Singles winners bids to reclaim her title.
Here are our betting predictions ahead of an intriguing fortnight of clay court tennis…
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13. It’s unlucky for some. Will it be unlucky for Rafael Nadal?
That’s the amount of times the evergreen 34-year-old has now won this tournament, but the Spaniard won’t want to stop there given he could finally move past Roger Federer to become the greatest tennis player of all time in terms of Grand Slam wins (21).
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With several players opting to skip last year’s tournament due to Covid concerns, there’s a definite sense of the quality stepping up a gear as the competition returns to its traditional late spring date.
The usual suspects lead the tennis betting, but as last year’s Women Singles Final demonstrated, surprises can happen on this most challenging of surfaces…
Men’s Singles: Can anyone dethrone Nadal?
He might be fast approaching his 35th birthday, but Rafa Nadal is showing no signs of losing his old magic on the clay.
The Spaniard won this tournament whilst hardly breaking a sweat last year, brushing aside fierce rival Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final. In fact, that was his fourth French Open win without dropping a set in the entire tournament.
The 13-time winner has put an early marker down for this tournament with victory at the 2021 Italian Open over his Serbian rival, and he starts as overwhelming 87/100 favourite to lift this year’s trophy, while Djokovic is 83/20 for a role reversal over his nemesis.
What about the chasing pack?
With the exception of Djokovic, only 36-year-old Stan Wawrinka has managed to break Rafa Nadal’s stranglehold on this competition over the last decade.
The Swiss veteran has withdrawn from this year’s tournament with a foot injury, and that means if the ‘big two’ were to fall short at any stage, we would be looking at a winner outside of the Nadal/Federer/Djokovic triumvirate for the first time since 2004.
Of the challengers, Dominic Thiem could be best poised to finally break his French Open duck. The Austrian has reached this final twice before in 2018 and 2019, winning a set off Nadal in the latter showdown.
However, it’s been an injury-hit campaign so far for the 27-year-old, and he suffered a frustrating Round of 16 exit in Rome.
He’s 21/2 to claim a second career Grand Slam here.
Women’s Singles: Another year, another different winner?
When assessing the value in this tournament, the obvious starting point comes from the Women’s Singles draw, given it’s produced seven different winners in the last seven years.
With no dominant figure looking locked in to reign supreme in Paris, defending champion Iga Świątek starts as 68/25 favourite having proved that form on clay was no fluke with a whitewash win in the 2021 Italian Open Final.
It remains to see whether the 19-year-old has the consistency to become women’s tennis’ next big superstar, and Naomi Osaka may have designs on halting that momentum.
The four-time Grand Slam winner has yet to transfer her best form to clay and has admitted this isn’t always a surface that suits her strengths.
However, at 25/2 she could be worth the benefit of the doubt here given this tournament has a habit of throwing up unexpected finalists, and the 23-year-old has certainly taken some unconventional steps to ensure she can bring her best form across the fortnight.
Osaka has opted to avoid all press conferences throughout the tournament due to the negative impact she believes those interrogations can have on player performance.
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