French Open 2014

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Stan Wawrinka’s victory at the Australian Open in January reportedly brought down the curtain on the ‘Big Four’ (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray) domination of the Men’s game. However, whether it’s simply become a ‘Big Five’ or a sign that other players are capable of coming through is hotly debated.

Rafa Nadal arrives in France looking to secure his ninth victory in ten years at Roland Garros, but that he’s 2.52 on Betfair to do so gives you an indication this may not be so straightforward. Djokovic got the better of him in Rome last week and is the rightful second favourite at 8/5 with Paddy Power.

Andy Murray is as big as 40/1 with one bookmaker whilst home favourite Tsonga is 100/1 in places. David Ferrer is 18/1 with Bet365 but his form gives us little hope of success – his loss in Barcelona last month to Gabashvilli was a particularly poor result. So perhaps there’s room for a surprise name to advance to the latter stages. But who?

Step forward 33/1 shot at Paddy Power, Kei Nishikori who’s had a great start to his clay season, winning in Barcelona before having to succumb to injury in the Rome Final when at one set all with Nadal. His overall season reads 27 wins five losses, but three of those defeats were incomplete games due to injury. He made Round Four last year in Paris before losing to Nadal in straight sets. A better draw this time and an injury free fortnight for the Japanese start could make him great trading value should he make a semi-final. There’s a reason William Hill price him only at 10/1.

Back Nishikori and look to trade. Back Djokovic to finally grab his first Roland Garros.

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