French Open 2013: Nadal and Williams the hot favourites for Roland Garros glory

26May 2013

Roland Garros


They have won nine French Open titles between them and the market likes their chances of doing it again in 2013...


Rafael Nadal is odds-on to win this year's French Open, which starts on Sunday in Paris.


With world no.1 Novak Djokovic a short price at 3.45 it seems that Betfair customers can't see beyond the two market leaders in the Roland Garros betting.


Their nearest rival is 2009 champion Roger Federer at 20.0 and just three other men trade below 100.0 - David Ferrer (36.0), Tomas Berdych (75.0) and Jo Wilfried Tsonga (95.0).


The women's tournament also boasts a hot favourite but the competition goes beyond one player. Two-time champion Serena Williams is the jolly at 2.24 but Maria Sharapova (5.7), 2013 Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka (8.6) and Li Na (15.0) all have a fighting  chance according to the odds while you wouldn't discount Sara Errani (22.0) or Sam Stosur (29.0).


It's little surprise to see Nadal trading so short in the betting. Seven times a Roland Garros champion since first taking the French Open title in 2005, Nadal has been in imperious form after returning from injury to Tour action in February winning 36 of 38 matches. Notably perhaps, though, one of those defeats was at the hands of Djokovic in Monte Carlo.


However, the Serbian has only once made the final at Roland Garros, losing in four sets to Nadal in 2012, and the Spaniard has won 19 of the 34 games played between the two.


While he looks like the original 'sure thing' there is a risk to backing Nadal at odds-on of course. The 26-year-old has suffered with a persistent knee injury in recent years and must beat seven players to win the second grand slam of the year. Yes, he will destroy most of those but it's a gruelling task for any athlete.


If you are convinced by the favourites a Nadal/Williams winning double can be backed at 3.85 while Djokovic/Williams is a 7.4 shot.



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Keywords: French Open, Nadal, Williams, Roland Garros, glory

Source: Betfair

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