Rafa Nadal odds-on to retain French crown

Rafa Nadal is firm favourite to take home his 11th French Open title.

Nadal is the undoubted King of Roland Garros, with ten wins under his belt and the fact he has only ever lost two matches on the Paris clay.

The 31-year-old Spaniard is also very much on top of his game, as he is the current world number one – but despite his dominance he is refusing to take anything for granted.

“Conditions in Paris are completely different,” he said. “I don’t believe that what happened, even if I lost – even with the victory – creates a big impact about what can happen in Paris.”

With Roger Federer skipping the clay court season it is hard to see where the challenge is coming from with the nearest in the betting being Alexander Zverev and the out-of-form Novak Djokovic.

Whilst Nadal is odds-on for the Men’s the Women’s draw looks wide open, and whilst not favourite all eyes are on the returning Serena Willians who is back playing following her maternity leave.

Williams has not played a competitive game on clay since 2016, but her coach Patrick Mouratoglou is confident his charge can return to winning ways.

“Serena will play the French Open to win it, can she do it? Serena can achieve anything – after being her coach for six years, I’m even more sure of that statement,” he said.

Bookmakers are very much backing Nadal, who is the 4/7 red hot favourite to win, with Zverev his nearest challenger at 7/1, and Djokovic offered at 10/1.

In the Women’s Simona Halep is the 11/2 favourite. Maria Sharapova is an interesting 11/1, with the returning Serena Williams offered at 12/1.

“On current form Rafa Nadal looks like a banker for the Men’s tournament but the Women’s is a totally different story,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

“You can make a solid case for over a dozen players, but despite her long absence I can see Serena starting as our worst result.”

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