Free tip Tennis betting: French Open 2016
Andy Murray & Garbine Muguruza represent Each-way value for French Open
Men’s Singles: Andy Murray e/w at 5/1 with Ladbrokes
Women’s Singles: Garbine Muguruza e/w at 12/1 with Paddy Power
The second Grand Slam event of 2016 is the French Open, with Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams looking to defend the titles they won last year.
The big question this year is whether Novak Djokovic can finally win the French Open. Amazingly, the Serb has yet to win the main prize at Roland Garros, but has been the runner-up in three of the last four years. If ever he is to make the breakthrough in Paris, this is surely the year.
Rafael Nadal will be seeking a 10th French Open crown. He’s won all nine finals he’s contested, but last year was the first time he missed out on the title since 2009. He can’t be discounted given his record, but he’s not the force of old either. Nadal has lost his last seven matches and 15 consecutive sets to Djokovic though.
Andy Murray’s game on clay has improved enormously in recent years and he beat Djokovic to win the Italian Open last week (having lost to him in the final of the Madrid Open a week earlier). Coincidentally (or not), it was also Murray’s first tournament since parting company with coach Amelie Mauresmo. As second seed, he would avoid any meeting with Novak Djokovic until the final.
Roger Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in 2012 and a back injury could put an end to a run of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances.
Wawrinka won last year’s final, beating Djokovic in four sets. His current form isn’t great, but then it wasn’t this time last year either.
Serena Williams is the defending women’s champion, but she has ‘only’ won the French title on three occasions and, although favourite to win it again, she is now closer to 35 than 34. She’s only had limited playing time in 2016 and, although she did win the Italian Open last week – her first tournament win in nine months. A case of peaking at the right time?
Garbine Muguruza has been a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros the last two years, but the 22-year-old Spaniard has had an inconsistent year to date. She is at home on clay though and could go a long way again.
Fitness and health is always an issue with Victoria Azarenka, but she is probably the long-term successor to Serena if she can stay clear of injuries. She’s been in decent form in 2016, but clay is not her best surface and she has only reached the last four once in nine attempts at Paris.
Elsewhere, Agnieszka Radwanska is in fine form, but her record at Roland Garros is pretty dire. The Romanian Simona Halep has to be considered a contender after winning the Madrid Open recently.