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Nadal odds-on for title No.10 at Roland Garros

Tue, May 16, 11:25am by Senior Writer

The decision of Roger Federer not to contest the French Open plus Rafael Nadal’s extraordinary run of form has seen the Spanish star shorten into $1.83 to win a remarkable 10th Roland Garros title.

Federer beat Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, but hopes the two great rivals will meet again on the Paris clay have been dashed by Federer’s decision to miss the tournament for a second straight year.

“I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month,” Federer wrote on his website, “but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year.”

Federer began the year brilliantly, winning in Melbourne before also prevailing in Miami and at Indian Wells. He beat Nadal at all three of those tournaments, which represent three of Nadal’s five defeats so far in 2017.

Federer will instead focus on winning an eighth Wimbledon singles title having not played since the Miami final on April 2.

He is currently $4.50 third favourite to win that behind Andy Murray ($3) and Novak Djokovic ($3.25), with Nadal at $15, a longer price than Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who is $13.

Nadal is on a 15-match clay winning streak heading into the French Open, having won his tenth titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona and his fifth title at Madrid.

He may be currently ranked No.4 in the world, but he is raging favourite for an unprecedented 10th win at Roland Garros at $1.83.

Defending champion Djokovic, who completed a Grand Slam with his win here 12 months ago, is second pick at $5.50 but has not won a title since Doha at the very start of the year and was beaten by Nadal in the semi-finals at Madrid.

Andy Murray, the beaten finalist from last year, is third pick at $9, while 2015 champ Stan Wawrinka is $11 and Dominic Thiem, who lost the final in Madrid against Nadal, is $13.

The women’s draw is wide open with Serena Williams taking time away from the game after becoming pregnant.

Simona Halep is $6 favourite, while Maria Sharapova, fresh from her comeback from a 12-month drugs bans, is $7.50 and Angelique Kerber is $10. Defending champion Garbine Murguruza is $12.

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