French Open Pre-Draw Futures: Two-Horse Race Between Nadal and Djokovic

João Mourato

Monday, May 20, 2019 5:39 PM UTC

Monday, May. 20, 2019 5:39 PM UTC

After the end of the last ATP Masters 1000 tournament on clay, it’s time for us to take a look at the futures markets for the upcoming Grand Slam event in Paris.

<div><h2><strong>Two-Horse Race</strong></h2><p>Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic won the last two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments and regained their dominance before the second Grand Slam of the season. Djokovic won his third Madrid Open title while Nadal lifted his first title of the 2019 season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Roland Garros is therefore titled as two-horse race between these two players with Nadal as the main favourite at 11/10 (2.10) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill &amp; Start Playing Today!">William Hill</a> while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a> offers 9/4 (3.25) for Djokovic to win his second French Open title.</p><p>Nadal won 11 of the last 14 editions of Roland Garros and has an incredible 86-2 record on this event. The 32-year-old struggled for form in the start of the clay-court season but has been playing better every week and the title in Rome is a result of that. Nadal deserves to be the main contender to win the title but it’s difficult to find value on his <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a>. The Spaniard was forced to withdraw from countless tournaments in the past 18 months and as his uncle Toni said: “Rafael is not a tennis player, he’s an injured person who plays tennis”. For that reason, it’s hard to take Nadal at the current price to win seven consecutive matches in two weeks of intense action.</p><p>On the opposite side of the draw will be the No.1 seed and 2016 champion Djokovic. The 31-year-old made history in Paris three years ago when he became the first man in almost 50 years to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time and he will be seeking to do it once again this year in Roland Garros. Despite Djokovic’s defeat to Nadal in Rome, the Serbian was exhausted after two long matches in the previous rounds but was still able to push the match into a decider. Only two man have beaten Nadal in Paris and Djokovic is one of those. Adding to this, the world No.1 is on a 21-match winning streak on Grand Slam events and has been a terrific investment in majors in the past 12 months. With Nadal on the other half of the draw, Djokovic has a great chance to make it to the final once more, which makes his 9/4 (3.25) an interesting price for this tournament.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Main Threat</strong></h2><p>Dominic Thiem reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open last year and leads the rest of the field to win the title in Paris at 6/1 (7.00) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Ladbrokes!">Ladbrokes</a>. The world No.4 won his 13th career title in Barcelona and joined Djokovic as the only men in history to beat Nadal four times on clay. Thiem has been one of the best clay-court players on the ATP Tour in recent years and will win the French Open during his career. Nevertheless, the Austrian will have a very tough task on this tournament with Nadal and Djokovic in such good form, which makes it hard to find value on his current price. With Nadal and Djokovic in opposite sides of the draw, Thiem may need to beat both to win the title and without knowing the draw, his outright is just too short for us to add it to our <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">betting tips</a>.</p></div>
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