Look, when it comes to the ATP French Open, there are only two questions that really need to be answered, whether it’s this year or any other year apparently. Is World No. 1 Rafael Nadal the pick to win the 2018 French Open and if he’s not, then which players are the most likely to pull off the huge upset?

Thanks to my expert tennis betting advice – from a USPTA professional coach no less – you’re about to find out!


Event Information

What: Championnats Internationaux de France de Tennis, Roland-Garros
Founded: 1891; 127 years ago
Editions: 122 (2018)
Location: Paris, XVIe, France
Venue: Stade Roland Garros (since 1928)
Surface: Clay – outdoors
Prize money: €39,197,000

Broadcasters

USA: NBC Sports and Tennis Channel
France: FranceTvSport, Eurosport
Europe (All territories): Eurosport
Canada: RDS and TSN
Latin-America: ESPN

Men’s

Draw: 128S / 128Q / 64D
Current champions: Rafael Nadal (singles) and Ryan Harrison & Michael Venus (doubles)
Most singles titles: 10 Rafael Nadal
Most doubles titles: 6 Roy Emerson


Odds to win 2018 Mens French Open

Rafael Nadal 2/5
Alexander Zverev 15/2
Dominic Thiem 10/1
Novak Djokovic 12/1
Kei Nishikori 33/1
David Goffin 40/1
Grigor Dimitrov 40/1
Juan Martin Del Potro 40/1
Marin Cilic 40/1
Stan Wawrinka 40/1
Denis Shapovalov 50/1
Hyeon Chung 50/1


The Favorites

Rafael Nadal

The World No. 1 just claimed the title at the Italian open over World No. 3 and 2017 winner Alex Zverev. While it did take Rafa three tough sets to get it done, let it be known that Nadal also claimed clay court titles this spring by winning the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and  Barcelona Open in consecutive weeks in April. The good news for the rest of the field however is that Nadal suffered a humbling 7-5, 6-3 defeat against Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open in the quarterfinal round. Then again, it doesn’t bode well that Rafa is 23-2 on the year heading into the French after skipping the early hard court season.

ATP French Open Odds and Prediction Rafael Nadal


Alex Zverev

As previously stated, Zverev almost took Nadal out to win consecutive titles in Rome before coming up just short in his 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 loss in the finals. The gifted 21-year-old did, however, win the BMW Open in Germany to kick off May and also won the Madrid Open by beating Thiem 6-4, 6-4 in the finals a week later. Zverev also reached the finals at Indian Wells before losing to John Isner so he’s playing really well right now heading into the French. No matter what surface he’s on, the still-blossoming German, who has gone 30-8 this year with two titles, has the kind of skill set that transfers to any surface.

ATP French Open Odds and Prediction Alex Zverev


Dominic Thiem

Not only did the World No. 8  take out Nadal at the Madrid Open, but he’s also gone 25-8 on the year with one title. Thiem is undoubtedly one of the best clay court players around and sports a fine 99-35 career win-loss record on clay with seven career titles.

ATP French Open Odds and Prediction Dominic Thiem


Novak Djokovic

The former World No. 1 is trying to work his way back to the top of the game and he’s had some decent results recently in reaching the semifinal of the Italian Open where he gave Nadal a tough match before falling 7-6 (4), 6-3. With his confidence and game apparently both returning, who knows what the 2016 French open winner could pull off this year.

ATP French Open Odds and Prediction Novak Djokovic


Kei Nishikori

The world No. 21 is looking to get back into the top 10 and right now, that’s looking like a definite possibility as he starts to pick up the level of his play. Nishikori reached the quarterfinals at the Italian Open by beating Feliciano Lopez, Grigor Dimitrov, and Philip Kohlschreiber before losing to Djokovic in three sets. While he’s just 12-7 on the year, Nishikori is a fantastic 81-33 on clay courts in his career with two titles on the surface. If he’s healthy, which is always a concern, he’ll have a shot.

ATP French Open Odds and Prediction Kei Nishikori


My Longshot

Stan Wawrinka

So what the Wawrinka is just 3-5 on the year as he makes his way back from knee surgery. The Stanimal won the French Open in 2015 by beating the hell out of Nadal in the finals and he’s got a stupendous 173-84 career mark on clay with seven titles. His 2015 win was improbable, so picking him as a longshot certainly isn’t the worst idea ever!

ATP French Open Odds and Prediction Stan Wawrinka


The Rest of the Field

Diego Schwartzman 66/1
Karen Khachanov 66/1
Lucas Pouille 66/1
Nick Kyrgios 66/1
Borna Coric 80/1
Fabio Fognini 80/1
Gael Monfils 80/1
Kyle Edmund 80/1
Milos Raonic 80/1
Pablo Carreno-Busta 80/1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 100/1
Roberto Bautista-Agut 100/1
Tomas Berdych 125/1
Andrey Rublev 150/1
David Ferrer 150/1
Jack Sock 150/1
Richard Gasquet 150/1
Sam Querrey 175/1
Albert Ramos-Vinolas 200/1
Daniil Medvedev 200/1
Fernando Verdasco 200/1
Kevin Anderson 200/1
Pablo Cuevas 200/1
Andrey Kuznetsov 250/1


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