French Open: Djokovic & Nadal to Vie for #1 Spot
May 24, 2017
The French Open men’s singles will be in full swing next week at Roland Garros. This is the second grand slam tournament this year after the Australian Open in January.
Rafael Nadal is this year’s favored player for Roland Garros. Following him is Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, and Andy Murray.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
Nadal is in his element at Roland Garros as he brings out his best on clay. This is proven from his 17 matches on this court. Nadal won all 17 of those matches. Even if he is not on the red earth, he is simply dominating the court throughout Madrid, Barcelona, and Monte Carlo. He is also no stranger to the French Open since he took home nine titles from the past years.
Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, is the second favorite player in the French Open. Cloudbet places him at 4.300 against Nadal’s 1.850 odds.
Djokovic is this year’s French Open defending champion. His clay court record this year places him close to Nadal.
However, Novak is not looking like his top form from last year. The Serbian athlete has not been performing well in several matches since January. Because of this, Djokovic took out several people from his team. This includes his mentor who has been with him for more than 10 years. Djokovic sees this as a wake-up call to get back into shape.
Dominic Thiem and Andy Murray
Dominic Thiem is the third favorable player for the French Open with odds of 9.990 at Pinnacle. Cloudbet has him at 10.50.
Thiem has been the crowd pleaser this year. The Austrian has proven to be quite a player when he reached the finals in Madrid as well as the Italian Open semi-finals. His clay court record is also close to Djokovic by a small margin. It was also Thiem who took away Nadal’s clean sheet on clay in Rome this year. Thiem has a shot at the French Open if he can be at his peak during the best of five sets.
The other player close to the two is Andy Murray. His odds are 11.00 from Betrally and 12.75 from Cloudbet.
Murray is currently the number one ranking player. He was a powerhouse last year when he took home nine titles. This includes an Olympic title, Wimbledon, and even the ATP Tour Finals.
However, Murray is a pale comparison to his 2016 self. He already has seven losses this year so far. This includes three losses in the clay Masters events. Murray does not have any clear idea why he is struggling this year. If his performance this year is any indication, however, Murray could be finding it tough to be at the top in Roland Garros.