With the European clay-court season starting next week in Monte Carlo, it’s time to take a look at the French Open men’s outright betting odds with Rafael Nadal as the undeniable favourite to win his 12th career title in Paris.
<h2>Undeniable Favourite</h2><p>As usual, Rafael Nadal is the undeniable favourite to win the title in Roland Garros. The 32-year-old is by far the greatest clay-court player in the history of the game with a phenomenal 86-2 record in Roland Garros. Only two men have beaten Nadal in his previous 14 appearances at the French Open – Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015. Nadal also failed to lift the trophy in 2016 when he was forced to withdraw before his third-round match against fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers because of a wrist injury.</p><p>The bookmakers are well aware of Nadal’s historical dominance in Paris with most of them not even offering even money on his outright. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Unibet & Start Playing Today!">Unibet is one of the few</a> that still gives you the possibility to double your money on the Spaniard to win the title at 11/10 (2.10). Nadal will make his first appearance since Indian Wells at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters next week. The world No.2 decided to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a knee injury and focus on the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/what-makes-clay-a-unique-surface-for-tennis-betting/89794/" target="_blank" title="What Makes Clay a Unique Surface for Tennis Betting?">clay court season</a>. This is not the first time that Nadal has opted to skip Miami to prepare for his favourite part of the season and he should be ready to compete for every tournament on the European clay-court season.</p><p>Despite Nadal’s incredible record in Paris, it’s hard to find value on his current <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> to win the title. Even if Nadal wins all the Masters 1000 events, which is very likely with the exception of Madrid, his price won’t change much. On the other hand, if the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/why-being-left-handed-is-an-advantage-in-tennis/89626/" target="_blank" title="Why Being Left-Handed is an Advantage in Tennis?">left-handed Spaniard</a> struggles for form in the first clay-court tournaments we may have an interesting drift on his price.</p><p> </p><h2>Main Contender</h2><p>As mentioned above, Djokovic is one of just two men to ever beat Nadal at Roland Garros. The world No.1 claimed the title in 2016 and made it to the quarter-finals or better in all his last nine official appearances in Paris. Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion, which means that he is one slam away from holding all four majors at the same time for the second time in his career.</p><p>Looking now at the outright odds for this tournament, Djokovic is the second favourite to win the title in Paris <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">at 15/8 (2.88) with William Hill</a>. The Serbian is the only player who can beat Nadal at his best on clay. Djokovic won three of his last five official encounters against the Spaniard on this surface, including a straight-sets win in the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2015. On the other hand, Djokovic is on a 21-match winning streak on Grand Slam events and it will be very hard to anyone to stop him in Paris.</p><p> </p><h2>Rest of the Field</h2><p>The 2018 French Open finalist Dominic Thiem leads the rest of the field in Paris with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365 offering 10/1 (11)</a> for the Austrian to lift the trophy. Thiem is an outstanding clay-court player and will win the French Open title sooner or later. However, the 25-year-old failed to win a single set in all his previous three meetings against Nadal in Paris. For that reason, our advice is to wait for the draw to be revealed since it will be very difficult for Thiem to win his maiden French Open title if he is in the same half of the draw as Nadal.</p><p>Roger Federer will make his first appearance in Roland Garros since 2015. The 20-time Grand Slam champion withdraw from the 2016 French Open and decided to skip the entire clay-court season in 2017 and 2018. The bookmakers find it extremely difficult for Federer to win this second title in Paris with the Swiss currently available at 33/1 (34) with William Hill.</p><p> </p><h2>Current Odds to win the French Open title (April 13th)</h2><p><u>All odds are from William Hill</u></p><ul> <li>Rafael Nadal 5/6 (1.83)</li> <li>Novak Djokovic 15/8 (2.88)</li> <li>Dominic Thiem 12/1 (13)</li> <li>Alexander Zverev 12/1 (13)</li> <li>Stefanos Tsitsipas 28/1 (29)</li> <li>Roger Federer 33/1 (34)</li> <li>Stan Wawrinka 33/1 (34)</li> <li>Marin Cilic 33/1 (34)</li> <li>Kei Nishikori 40/1 (41)</li> <li>Karen Khachanov 50/1 (51)</li> <li>Grigor Dimitrov 50/1 (51)</li> <li>Nick Kyrgios 66/1 (67)</li> <li>Borna Coric 66/1 (67)</li> <li>Gael Monfils 100/1 (101)</li></ul>