Backing favourites is never the greatest betting strategy but it has proved a sound strategy so far at the French Open with the early favourites dominating in both the men’s and women’s events. We now have a great weekend of finals to look forward to and if Friday’s semi final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is anything to go by we could be in for some of the most exciting action in years.
So the men’s final sees early red hot favourite Rafael Nadal take on which ensures a Spanish winner of this years event. Rafael Nadal was available at just 8/11 before the French Open began due to his outstanding clay record that has seen him branded the ‘King of Clay’ and also his record at this particular venue which sees him chasing his eighth title at Roland Garros. If you thought that the 8/11 was too short pre tournament then you won’t be too impressed by his current odds of just 1/8 to win the final, that means that his opponent Ferrer is available at 7/1.
Rafael Nadal isn’t going to appeal to too many punters at those odds but he is the most likely winner by some distance so a handicap bet could be one way of increasing the odds, Nadal is currently rated a 4/6 chance in the game handicap giving away 6.5 to his opponent. Alternatively, set betting could provide some interest and the bookies are tipping a clean sweep by Nadal who is 4/5 to win this 3-0. A 3-1 win is next best at 11/4 whilst if you really think Ferrer will make a game of it you can get 8/1 on 3-2.
Over in the women’s event, the final will be between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova on Saturday and the bookies have already called this one well with the pre tournament favourite taking on the pre tournament second favourite. Serena William is very much expected to live up to her favourite tag in this match as she’s now just 1/5 to win her first French Open since 2003, those who backed her at 11/8 before the tournament began will be sitting on a very nice bet. Sharapova hasn’t shortened a great deal in the betting throughout the tournament as her main rival, Williams, has remained in the tournament and playing well and the bookies expect Sharapova to struggle in the final as she’s a 5/1 chance.
With such a one sided game expected, the set betting will appeal to many in order to boost the odds and a 2-0 win for Williams is the most likely outcome at 4/7 whilst 2-1 can be backed at 18/5 and could be a bit of value.
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