The 2013 French Open may be a couple of months away but the four biggest stars in men’s tennis are already preparing for the event as we enter the spring season.
Fans in the tennis betting world are keeping a close eye on the ATP’s elite quartet for this summer’s major clay tournament, with a couple of surprises expected to turn up. Here’s the best betting tips on who will win Roland Garros:
Andy Murray: semi-final
The British number one had a superb back-end of 2012 with his Olympic gold and US Open crown and carried this form into January by reaching the Australian Open final. However, recently his performances have dipped and a quarter-final exit at Indian Wells last week is very concerning.
Fans can expect the Brit to make the semis at Roland Garros but on unfamiliar clay, won’t reach the final. This really is worth bearing in mind if you’re thinking about a bet.
Roger Federer: final
The Swiss world number two has struggled to maintain his status as a supremo on the ATP circuit this season, crashing out in the quarters of two of four tournaments. However, he is a different master on clay and with a reduced schedule will take Roland Garros by storm: he is sure to make the final.
Rafael Nadal: winner
Despite seven months out with knee problems, Nadal has returned to the tour as though nothing had happened and has already won three of four tournaments. The clay king is looking for his eighth French Open crown and fans should bet on him to win the final over anyone else.
Novak Djokovic: semi-final
The world number one may be in the best shape of his life but that physicality is only an advantage on the hard courts. On the Roland Garros clay Djokovic will find it much harder to dismiss early-round opponents and although he should make the semis this summer, he won’t get past either Murray, Federer or Nadal.