Five Players Who Could Win The French Open

May 17, 2017

- Grant Whittington

With the clay court season in full swing, the second Grand Slam of the year will soon be upon us as the world’s leading stars try to master the red dirt of Paris. We give you our French Open preview and take a closer look at the five outstanding candidates, assessing their chances at what promises to be another fascinating spectacle.

Rafael Nadal

Current Odds To Win The French Open: 13/10

The Spaniard will be gunning for his own’ La Decima’ as he bids for a 10th Roland Garros success. Arguably the greatest clay-court exponent in history, the 30-year-old has rediscovered his aura on the surface that has engineered his reputation as the ‘King of Clay’.

He’s naturally favourite among the tennis betting odds and last lifted La Coupe des Mousquetaires (the musketeers’ trophy) in 2014. This year sees him unbeaten so far on the red dirt, picking up titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to take his career haul to a record 50 clay court titles.

Nobody has dominated the slow-playing surface like the left-hander with Court Philippe Chatrier a virtual backyard for the matador who looks in the mood to regain his crown. Will Rafa and his perfect match be reunited once more in the City of Love?

Andy Murray

Current Odds To Win The French Open: 6/1

The world number one has struggled to maintain the stunning form that catapulted him to the top of the rankings at the back end of 2016. Aside from a sole triumph in Dubai, Murray has been a bag of inconsistency with his Australian Open dreams crushed in stunning fashion by Germany’s 50th-ranked Mischa Zverev.

The Brit reached the final in Paris last year before succumbing to an indomitable Djokovic, but his start to life on the clay courts this time round have shown no signs of the phenomenal improvement he made 12 months ago. Shock early exits in Monte Carlo and Madrid to Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Borna Coric respectively mean his current form has thrown up more questions than answers.

Novak Djokovic

Current Odds To Win The French Open: 9/2

After pulling the plug and parting company with his entire coaching staff just three weeks before he defends his French Open title, ‘the Djoker’ doesn’t appear to be in a frivolous mood as he goes in search of recapturing the level that made him virtually unbeatable on his way to holding all four major titles at the same time.

Described by the current world number two as “shock therapy”, Djokovic is searching for inspiration and a flash of energy to kick-start his campaign which has seen him lift just one trophy following an epic match against Murray in the Qatar Open final.

One can never write the multiple slam winner off, but even his best may not be good enough if Nadal’s unstoppable form continues.

Stanislas Wawrinka

Current Odds To Win The French Open: 12/1

The man inspired for the big occasion – the ferocious hitting and sublime backhand of the current world number three has seen him land a major in each of the last three seasons. A Wimbledon crown remains the only void from his Grand Slam resume and he will once again be a strong contender in Paris.

‘Stanimal’ swatted aside Djokovic in the 2015 final with a barrage of thunderous hitting and the 32-year-old can teeter on the unplayable if he strikes when the iron is hot. Reached the last four in Paris last time out and is more than capable of landing one of the sport’s biggest prizes for a second time.

Roger Federer

Current Odds To Win The French Open: 15/1

The rejuvenated Swiss maestro has enjoyed a fairytale season so far following his six-month absence due to an injury with the 35-year-old defeating Nadal in a beguiling Australian Open final before completing the Indian Wells/Miami double.

Federer has elected to skip all of the clay court cycle apart from proceedings in Roland Garros and will therefore come in re-energised, but with no competitive action on the red dirt.

Clay may be his weakest surface, but the veteran has made the final here five times. Another French Open title would see Federer become the first man in the Open Era to win each major at least twice. Could he surprise the entire tennis fraternity once more?

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