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Men’s French Open preview – Mark Swarbrick
So 7 out the 8 top seeded players have made the quarter finals at Roland Garros with only Thomas Berdych missing out having lost to the only French player left in the draw that being Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
Top of the draw sees the number 1 seed Novak Djokovic (4/11) play the 9 times champion here in Rafael Nadal (21/10). Lets look at some stats here, Nadal has 66 victories and only 1 defeat over the years at Roland Garros, and a 14-5 H2H record on clay against Djokovic, so Nadal must be a strong favorite for the match right?
If only it was that simple, Rafa has failed to win any of the major European clay court titles this season and finds himself down at number 7 in the world rankings – BUT and its a big but, he always reserves his best Tennis for the clay in Paris and at a shade over 2/1 at William Hill he gets my vote in what should be a thrilling encounter.
The second quarter-final is another excellent match on paper between 2 of the best counter punchers in the game, Brit Andy Murray (4/9) has finally found some form on the red clay this year winning his first ever titles on the surface, but he faces the seemingly ageless David Ferrer (7/4) who holds a 4-0 H2H record against Murray on the surface and at the prices I’m happy to have Ferrer on my side here.
The opening quarter-final in the bottom half of the draw sees rising Japanese star Kei Nishikori (2/7) face the Frenchman Tsonga (13/5). They have never met on clay and although Nishikori hold an overall 4-1 H2H all the matches have been close enough to give Tsonga a shout at the prices offered – especially with him playing in front of his home crowd.
Finally we have the all Swiss clash between Roger Federer (2/5) and Stan Wawrinka (19/10). Although Federer holds a 14-2 H2H lead here it’s notable that both of the Wawrinka victories have come on this surface, so if he is to cause the shock it’s going to be on the red clay.
We should have 4 thrilling matches over the next couple of days in the Men’s singles, catch all the In-Play action as the matches unfold from the second slam of the year here at William Hill