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2012 French Open Preview & Picks – Men’s Draw

The 2012 French Open will be starting this weekend (Sunday, May 27th 2012) at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. The French Open is the 2nd Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year and all of the top players will be fighting for the title. We’re going to take a look at the latest odds for the top men at the 2012 French Open before getting into predictions. The men’s side will most likely turn out to be a battle of the top seeds and it’s hard to bet against Rafael Nadal heading into this weekend.

Latest Odds for the Men’s Draw at the 2012 French Open

(Top 10)

• Rafael Nadal -125
• Novak Djokovic +275
• Roger Federer +1085
• Juan Martin Del Potro +4000
• Andy Murray +4500
• Tomas Berdych +5000
• David Ferrer +6000
• Jo-Wilfried Tsonga +22500
• Milos Raonic +25500
• John Isner +28500

Rafael Nadal Odds-On Favourite to Win Grand Slam Title at 2012 French Open

The sportsbooks have Nadal -125 as the odds-on favourite to win the 2012 French Open. Rafael Nadal has been dominating the clay court season this year and has already won two Master’s Titles in Monte Carlo and Rome. So far this season Nadal hasn’t lost a single set on clay other than 1 match against Verdasco where he lost. Some may use the Verdasco game as a way to try betting against Nadal at the French Open, but in my opinion Nadal can only beat himself.

Novak Djokovic is still the world’s #1 ranked men’s tennis player, but Nadal could pass him soon. Djokovic will be pumped up for the French Open this month and I expect him to make the finals. Novak has actually been playing very well on clay this season so far and he has made the finals in Rome and Monte Carlo. Nadal won both of those finals, but Djokovic knows his #1 is on the line this summer and he needs as many ranking points as he can get at the 2012 French Open.

The rest of the top 10 men players listed above have very long odds. You could bet on a couple of them for a bit, but if want to do that I would also bet on Nadal to ensure you make a profit if he wins. Nadal won the French Open last year and he’s right on the heels of Djokovic in the world rankings. Nadal won’t be able to pass Djokovic in the rankings at the French Open, but if Nadal can win the French Open he may have a chance to pass Novak later this summer.

Players like Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych should make it deep in the tournament this year. However, Nadal and Djokovic are playing much better than the rest of the field and they’d have to mess up badly to open the door for someone else. It’s hard betting on Nadal to win the 2012 French Open at -125, but in the win markets it’s the only bet worth making in my opinion. If you want to bet on other markets make sure you check out all of the live tennis mobile betting odds on your iPhone or other mobile device.

Another bet that you may want to consider is an each-way bet on Roger Federer. If Nadal or Djokovic slip up in the French Open I think Federer has the best shot of taking advantage of that. Federer just won in Madrid, but he didn’t have the most difficult road to victory. Federer should however have confidence coming into the French Open and his odds have some value. You can do an each-way bet on Federer at +800 (1st Place) / +400 (2nd Place) currently, which means if he makes the final you profit.

Bet on Rafael Nadal at -125 for 2 units
Bet on Roger Federer each-way at +800/+400 (1st/2nd)

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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