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Angelique Kerber v Serena Williams Betting Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
Angelique Kerber v Serena Williams Preview - 14th July 2018 We have a repeat of the 2016 Wimbledon final coming up as Serena Williams will be taking on Angelique Kerber for the Grand Slam prize over the weekend. Williams won that 2016 showdown in straight sets. After all of her time away from the game to give birth to her first child, this is only the second Slam that Williams has contested upon her return and now here she is as the 8/15 odds-on favorite to win* (betting odds were taken from July 13th, 2018 at 6:40 pm) the thing again.

Angelique Kerber v Serena Williams Odds*

Serena William 1/2 Angelique Kerber 7/4 * (betting odds were taken from July 13th, 2018 at 6:40 pm) The 36-year-old has a great record at Wimbledon of course, having won the title there seven times before and had won it back to back in 2015 and 2016 before skipping last year’s edition. Punters were right to question just what her levels were going to be like at Wimbledon, because of a lack of match time, which generally works against players. Clearly not Williams who, after a fourth-round finish at Roland Garros has powered her way back to the final of Wimbledon. This is her tenth Wimbledon Final appearance and she booked her place there with a straight-sets win over Germany’s Julia Goerges. That was the first seed that Williams had met at this year’s Wimbledon run, but she made light work of the challenge really. Williams has made it all the way to the showcase match having dropped just the one set, which was the opener against Camila Giorgi in the quarter finals. You are looking at odds of 8/15 with William Hill* (betting odds were taken from July 13th, 2018 at 6:40 pm) for this to bet settled in two sets.

Kerber overcomes bigger challenges

It has been a strange Wimbledon tournament with a lot of the top ten seeds falling so early. But Angelique Kerber has managed to stay steady through all of the carnage. It has quietly been a good season from Kerber who hit the semi-finals of the Australian Open and made the final eight at Indian Wells, Miami, Dubai, Rome and Roland Garros. There has been a much stiffer test for Kerber on her route to the final than it has been for Williams. Keber’s semi-final tie saw her go against young Latvian star Jelena Ostapenko and Kerber had to weather a lot of heavy hitting in that game. Ostapenko, as she does, threw the kitchen sink and then some at the German, but Kerber’s defence just wasn’t going to crack and it is that kind of defence which is going to play a role in her potentially getting the Wimbledon title on the weekend. Kerber has also faced Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic, Daria Kasatkina at the tournament, calling on her experience and that great defensive toughness to work her way through. It was her impressive counter-attacking performance against Ostapenko which confirmed that Kerber is on top of her game at the moment and let’s not forget that Kerber beat Serena Williams in the 2016 Australian Open final. Williams, a formidable opponent in Grand Slam records will have her toughest game of the tournament so far.

Head to Head

Kerber and Williams have met eight times before and Williams is 6-2 up from those meetings. The last time that they met was in the Wimbledon 2016 Final with Williams getting the win there. Williams has won five of the six previous meetings between the two competitors. The 2016 Wimbledon clash is the only previous game between these two on grass. If you are looking at the year to date head to head comparison then Kerber wins it hands down. She took a 32-12 match record into Wimbledon for the year, with the one title. Williams had just a 5-2 match record ahead of Wimbledon for the year.

Angelique Kerber v Serena Williams Prediction

We are going to stick our necks out and back Keber to come through this. Williams really hasn’t had a serious test during this Wimbledon campaign, while Kerber has had to call on her grit at times. The German is moving really well to cover the court and is counter-attacking so brilliantly that we can see her handling Williams in the final. We are backing the underdog to prevail at those nice 7/4 odds* (betting odds were taken from July 13th, 2018 at 6:40 pm).
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Kevin Anderson v John Isner Betting Odds & Predictions

John Isner
Kevin Anderson v John Isner Betting Odds & Predictions This is a surprising line up for the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2018 and even more so when you consider just how it is that Anderson arrived in the final four. The big-serving South African wasn’t given too much of a chance as he was up against Roger Federer in the quarter finals. With Federer ticking along metronomically at the tournament, looking dominant in reaching the quarter final, Anderson found himself two sets down against Federer. Most would have thought that it was all over for Anderson at that point and Federer missed a match point in the third set. But Anderson came back and he really stepped up the levels, as he fought his way back into the match and it will probably go down as being one of the matches of his life as he took a 3-2 win in four and a quarter hours. There was a big test of nerve for Anderson on Court One against Federer and he came through it. That was his first win over Federer in five attempts, taking the deciding set 13-11 in the end. With so much serving-power happening in his semi-final we are looking towards five sets at 2/1 odds with BetVictor* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

Big-Serving Semi Final Ahead

He will now take on John Isner in the semi finals, who like him has a massive serve as a weapon. American Isner found himself in a tussle with Milos Raonic in the quarter finals. His serve has been working so well again for him which helps him out so much. He has racked up 160 aces at the tournament so far. That is a huge advantage, a lot of free points. 160 served aces equates to 40 games won. Still, he has dropped sets and had a five-setter against Ruben Bemelmans in the second round. The slower surface at Wimbledon with its higher bounce this year is perhaps helping him out. Isner had to fight back from a narrow first set loss against Canadian Raonic to book his place in the final four. Like Anderson this will be the first time in a semi final match at Wimbledon for Isner. In fact this is Isner’s first Grand Slam semi-final coming at the age of 33. His previous best Grand Slam result was a quarter-final at the 2011 US Open. But he has carried form this year with his win in Miami for example, the biggest title of his career.

Head to head

These two are familiar with each other as they have met eleven times before. Isner has a big advantage from those previous meetings as he is up 8-3 over Anderson. This will be their first meeting since 2005 though when Isner won at Indian Wells. The American has won the last five meetings now. Just one of their previous meetings has been on grass, was back at Queens 2008 which again, Isner won.

Prediction

These are two big men with similar games. Anderson is 6’8” while Isner is 6’10”. You know what to expect in this game. A lot of aces. A lot of service games held. Of the two, Anderson is the more well rounded of the two, and overall is having a better season than Isner in terms of match wins. But Isner seems to have him figured out from previous meetings and he has had big game experience this season with that run to the Miami title. We are going with Isner in our prediction.
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Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal Betting Odds & Predictions

Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal Preview - 13th July, 2018 Well, here we go then. With Roger Federer having suffered a shock exit at the hands of Kevin Anderson in the quarter finals from the other side of the draw, the winner of this epic semi-final will be the favourite to get their hands on the Wimbledon title this year. We may have been denied a potential Nadal v Federer final rematch, but Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal predictions is going to be perhaps the highlight of the entire tournament.

Djokovic getting back to his best?

Djokovic looks to have gotten some of that old fire back in his belly. He started Wimbledon as the world number 21 and has collected only three titles in about two years. So there was a lot of doubt about his levels coming into this edition of Wimbledon and rightly so. The old Djokovic, the one who just a couple of years ago was the holder of all four Grand Slam titles had been missing. But there have been signs in his wins over Kyle Edmund and Karen Khachanov, two of the best young players on the circuit, that he is getting back to his best. With Djokovic looking pretty fired up we will look over three sets and stick at four sets for 6/4 odds with Betfred* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). The passion, the aggression and the confidence seems to have flooded back into his game at SW19 this season and he is going to need all of in trying to take down Nadal. Djokovic is a three-time Wimbledon Champion and we have seen good stuff from him over the last week or so, only dropping a set against Edmund and Kei Nishikori then in the quarter finals.

Wimbledon 2018 Djokovic v Nadal Infographic

Nadal survives first big test

Nadal was on fire through the first four rounds not dropping a set at all but then he bumped into Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter finals. That turned into an epic scrap and Nadal was on the ropes in it. After taking the opening set, the Spaniard then found himself 2-1 down and in considerable trouble. But Nadal is a hard man to break even at that point and he battled his way back to win the final two sets both by a 6-4 score. That was his first real test at the tournament and even though he had his struggles, he showed that tremendous character of his to come back. Nadal is the current world number one and is seeded two for Wimbledon. That match against Del Potro was almost a five-hour game and that will have taken something big out of Nadal. This is his first semi-final at Wimbledon since 2011 and no doubt he will be fired up with Federer having fallen by the wayside. Nadal is a two-time winner of Wimbledon collecting the title in 2008 and 2010. Djokovic is the biggest challenge standing between him and getting a third. Across the course of the year, he has carried much better form than Djokovic but there should only be fine margins in this one.

Head to head

The head to head is just about as close as it can get with Djokovic 26-25 up over Nadal from their previous meetings. They have met once this year and that was on clay back in Rome which Nadal won in straight sets. The Spaniard has won the last two meetings against Nadal. But they were both on clay. Djokovic had won the seven previous games between the two before that. Remarkably they don't have much history between them on grass, with one meeting at Queens in 2008 which was won by Nadal, sandwiching two Wimbledon meetings. The first one was in 2007 which Nadal won as Djokovic retired in the third set. They also met at Wimbledon 2011 and it was Djokovic who came out on top in that one in four sets. For all of their many meetings, just two of their previous matches have gone to five sets.

Prediction

This is going to be close. We are close to seeing Djokovic back at his best but this is far and away his biggest challenge of the tournament so far. Nadal had that really testing time against Del Potro in the last round, but the depths of his energy seems to know no bounds. Arguably he is the better of the two this year with his four titles to none from Djokovic. We are sticking with Nadal and will take him at 3-1 in set betting at 4/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).
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Julia Goerges v Serena Williams Predictions & Betting Odds – Wimbledon 2018

Tennis Betting
Julia Goerges v Serena Williams Preview - July 12th, 2018 It is unlikely that you would have been looking at a list of contenders for Wimbledon 2018 and would have pencilled in Germany’s Julia Goerges from the start. This is far and away from her best ever form at a Grand Slam event for the 29-year-old in her entire career. She has always been pegged as a better clay court player but had never made it past the fourth round of any Grand Slam before this. From her previous attempts at Wimbledon, she had never been past the third round. But Goerges, very quietly has had a solid season with a WTA singles title to her name. She carried a 24-13 match record with her into Wimbledon, and she will be looking to break more new ground by recording her first ever win over Serena Williams. Goerges is the only one of the four semi-finalists this year not to have won a Grand Slam title during her career.

Julia Goerges v Serena Williams Odds*

Serena Williams 2/7 Julia Goerges 11/4 * (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018) It hasn’t been plain sailing for the German though as she was taken to three sets in both the second and third round. After an easy fourth-round win over Donna Vekic, Goerges then went up against Kiki Bertens in the quarter finals and again was taken to three sets. That match up actually saw something great from the German because she had dropped the first set for the first time in the tournament but had enough energy to power her way back.

Williams powers on

While she was watching all the top seeds tumble around her, Serena Williams has worked her way through to the final four. It’s been a good tournament considering her lack of tennis this year and you can forget all about the seeding/not seeding debate around her ahead of the tournament. She has gotten to the semi-final on merit and she is the favourite to win this duel and can be backed at 8/11 odds* (betting odds took at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018) to win 2-0 in set betting. The way that the draw has opened for Williams at this tournament means that Goerges will be the first seeded player that she has met. Williams did drop the first set of her quarter-final tussle with Camila Giorgi, the first one that Williams has let go at the tournament so far. Williams will be taking on a tricky left-hander in Goerges who does have a height advantage over the American, but still, we don’t see Georges taking a set in this one. Williams now will be running on experience while she will be taking on a player who could well be overwhelmed by this huge occasion. Williams has so much experience and she didn’t panic after dropping that first set in the quarter-final. The seven-time Wimbledon Champion, who has won five of her last eight appearances at SW19 is probably going to take some stopping at this point. Williams may not have had the games behind her this season that Georges has, but the way she has handled herself at Wimbledon, we don't see an upset.

Head to head

Goerges and Williams have met three times before but never before on grass. Williams incidentally won all three of these previous matches, including a duel in the round of 32 at the French Open this season. Williams hasn’t dropped a set against the German before from their previous contests.

Georges v Williams prediction

We can’t look past Williams getting the job done in this one and we are going to back her to power her way through to the final without dropping a set as well. Georges has had a wonderful resurgence of form late in her career and it is a huge credit to her that she is in the final four. However, the experience of her opponent is likely to overwhelm her. Any kind of early advantage that Williams gets is likely to see her run away with this. Williams to win 2-0 is our prediction for this Wimbledon semi-final.
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Jelena Ostapenko v Angelique Kerber Predictions & Betting Odds – Wimbledon 2018

Tennis Betting
Jelena Ostapenko v Angelique Kerber Preview - July 12th, 2018 It has been a tournament of shocks in the Women’s Draw at Wimbledon this year, but despite all of the early falls for seeds, three of the four semi-finalists are all former Grand Slam champions. Jelena Ostapenko stunned the French Open field last year and while she had a disappointing time of things in her title defence at Roland Garros this season, the young Latvian looks to be playing pretty freely and without pressure on her. From a mental toughness perspective, after crashing out of the French Open in the first round back in May, this has been a good showing from the youngster. She was a quarter finalist at Wimbledon last year so the threat was there. She is playing very well and powered her way through the early rounds and that fearless toughness that she has really come to the fore when she took out Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter finals in straight sets.

Jelena Ostapenko v Angelique Kerber Odds*

Angelique Kerber 4/7 Jelena Ostapenko 11/8 * (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018) The great thing about watching Ostapenko is that she just goes for things and doesn’t hold back. Naturally, that is not going to pay off all the time, but she looks to have a nice rhythm going at the moment. She hasn’t collected a WTA Singles title this year and only carried in a 14-13 match record for the season ahead of Wimbledon. But she is moving well and we are certainly going to back her to do enough in his game to provide a return on over 2.5 sets at bet365 for a quote of 11/8* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018). Angelique Kerber has arguably had a tougher run to the semi-final stage at Wimbledon than her opponent has. She had a potentially tricky fourth-round match against Swiss star Belinda Bencic and then she was up against the rising young threat of Daria Kasatkina, who looks like a future Grand Slam champion if ever there was one in the game at the moment. But Kerber has held herself steady and not only that, she has made it this far with dropping just the one set which was back in the second round. Like Ostapenko, Kerber is a former Grand Slam champion having won the 2016 Australian Open and the US Open the same year. She is in somewhat familiar territory here as she was a finalist at Wimbledon 2016 but lost out to Serena Williams. There could well be a rematch coming of that final from two years ago. This is Kerber’s third semi-final at Wimbledon with a W1 D1 record from her previous two visits and with deep runs at this year’s Australian and French Open she is carrying form. She has taken a WTA Singles title this year as well.

Head to head

This will be the first-ever meeting between Osteopenia and Kerber

Ostapenko v Kerber Prediction

We can only see this being a pretty tight and tough scrap. Ostapenko likes to step up and get on the front foot, while Kerber has a great defence. We saw plenty of that in holding off the big-hitting Kasatkina in the last round and Kerber is going to have to find that defence from the off. Just because of the extra experience that Kerber has, and with a couple of impressive performances from her in the last round, we are going with a Kerber 2-1 in the set betting for 11/4 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018)
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Juan Martin del Potro v Rafael Nadal Prediction & Betting Odds

Tennis Betting
Juan Martin del Potro v Rafael Nadal preview - July 11th, 2018 The men’s draw at Wimbledon hits the quarter finals on Wednesday and the big guns of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic are all still firing along. This clash between Del Potro and Nadal is the highlight of the quarter final matches and if things go with seeding then it could bring about a Nadal v Djokovic semi-final and then a potential showdown against Federer in the Final. But first things first and Wednesday’s meeting between these two should be very interesting. Nadal has made it through to the final eight without having dropped a set along the way and he will have a little bit of an advantage in this one as well over his opponent. That is simply because Nadal will have had an extra day of rest. So it has been plain sailing for Nadal so far as he goes in search of his third title at the event.

Nadal in high energy

His looking full of energy but he will get a tough game in this one against Del Potro who is the fifth seed. It’s no secret that this is Nadal's least favourite surfacee and this is the first time that he has been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon since reaching the 2011 Final. We are definitely backing Nadal to drop a set in this one and therefore over 3.5 sets for 4/7 odds at bet365* (betting odds were taken from July 11th, 2018 at 2:45 am) makes a conservative start for our Juan Martin del Potro v Rafael Nadal prediction. Interestingly Nadal has never before lost in either a quarter-final or a semi final match at Wimbledon, so he has that perfect strike rate of five from five in Wimbledon quarter-finals. Overall this is the 36th Grand Slam quarter-final of his career. Nadal is the current World Number One and has four titles to his name this season including yet another French Open crown recently. But he is facing a player who can bring the power and the pressure.

Is Del Potro physically ready?

Just back at the French Open this summer the Argentine suffered a semi-final defeat against Nadal and that, of course, can be excused. Del Potro came through the first three rounds easily enough without dropping a set but he did drop one against Gilles Simon in round four, a match which started on Monday and was finished on Tuesday because of poor light. The thing about that match though for Del Potro is that while he won 3-1 each of the three sets that he did win was on a tie-break. So he was made to work hard and while he leans on his physical approach a lot, he was looking a bit tired towards the end of that. You don't want any disadvantage going into a game against Nadal. This is just the second ever quarter-final place at Wimbledon for Del Potro, his previous coming in his 2013 run to the semi-finals. Other than that his track record at SW19 isn’t great. Del Potro is the current world number four and has earned two titles this season.

Head to Head

These two have met fifteen times before and Nadal is 10-5 ahead. As mentioned they met at Roland Garros this year and Nadal won easily in straight sets, dropping just the seven games. Just twice before have they met on grass and that first was at Queens back in 2007 with Nadal winning that one. Their other clash on grass was at Wimbledon 2011 with Nadal taking a 3-1 win in that one. Nadal has won six of the last eight meetings between the two players.

Del Potro v Nadal Prediction

We have to stick with Nadal given the form that he has carried this season. He has been managing his season well and didn’t push himself ahead of Wimbledon which is clearly paying off at the moment. Del Potro’s game against Simon on Monday/Tuesday seemed to be wearing the Argentine down and we are rolling with Nadal 3-1 in set betting for 11/4 odds* (betting odds were taken from July 11th, 2018 at 2:45 am) as we see him dropping a set early in this contest when Del Potro will come out strong and attack.
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Wimbledon Betting 2018 Women – Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
The new edition of Wimbledon starts on Monday, July 2nd and it is Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who is the defending champion. The biggest story heading into the Championships is that Serena Williams is not only making her return to the grass courts of SW19 but she has, to the chagrin of other players, been seeded (albeit down in 25th). That didn’t go down too well after having spent over a year away from the game and subsequently having had her rankings drop. It is Simona Halep, who won her first career Grand Slam title this year at the French Open, who goes as the top seed. But it is Petra Kvitova who has been backed into 9/2 favouritism* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) ahead of the tournament.

Women’s Wimbledon 2018 WInner Odds*

Petra Kvitova 9/2 Serena Williams 6/1 Garbine Muguruza 8/1 Angelique Kerber 12/1 Simona Halep 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 16/1 Sloane Stephens 16/1 Madison Keys 16/1 Caroline Wozniacki 20/1 Maria Sharapova 201/ Elina Svitolina 25/1 Ashleigh Barty 28/1 Venus Williams 40/1 Jelena Ostapenko 40/1 Magdalena Rybarikova 40/1 Naomi Osaka 40/1 Bar 50/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm)

Top 8 Seeds

Simona Halep Caroline Wozniacki Garbine Muguruza Sloane Stephens Elina Svitolina Caroline Garcia Karolina pliskova Petra Kvitova

Serena Williams

Let’s start with the inclusion of Williams who enters as the 25th seed and she has ended up in the bottom quarter of the draw. In her section, she will be opposed by fifth seed Elina Svitolina and 10th seed Madison Keys. Williams made her Grand Slam reappearance at the French Open this year and she exited in the fourth round. She was always going to need some time to work her way back to the top but she is going to be a dangerous floater. She is a seven-time Wimbledon champion let’s not forget, and won the 2015 and 2016 edition before stepping away in 2017. Her seeding means that she won’t get to face another seeded player until the third round and the draw hasn’t been all that unkind to her really. The first seed she could meet is Elina Svitolina. Svitolina has never won on grass and Williams has a 4-1 head to head lead over the Ukrainian. There is still a lack of game time behind Williams and her Wimbledon challenge but she could start to play her way into form. We are unsure about her going all the way on her comeback, however at 13/8 odds to win the fourth quarter* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) that will have some appeal, because as mentioned, it hasn’t been all that bad of a draw for her. Really beyond Svitolina in the quarter, it is only the potential challenges from Madison Keys and Caroline Wozniacki that Williams looks to really have to worry about.

Simona Halep

The pressure will be off the shoulders of the Romanian after finally making that breakthrough in getting her first ever Grand Slam title. She did that at Roland Garros earlier in the summer. There has been nothing wrong with her form this season at all with a couple of titles to her name and a 36/6 match to take into Wimbledon with her. She has bowed out of Wimbledon at the quarter finals stage in the last two years though and he best ever run at the tournament was a semi-final appearance in 2014. It’s not her best surface but she is the top seed but with a potentially tricky draw ahead as Jo Konta is in her section and there are big threats like Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko in her quarter.

Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki got her second title of the year recently as the Dane collected a grass court title at Eastbourne. That will put her in good stead for her Wimbledon challenge but she has a pretty poor track record at Wimbledon really, never ever having made it past the fourth round. But then she did go out and win this year’s Australian Open with little form in recent seasons there. She has a decent enough chance of making it the fourth round again because the draw has been favourable to her. Any rounds beyond that will be bonuses.

Garbine Muguruza

The Spaniard is, without question, the best grass court player around. She has yet to pick up a title on the tour this season, which is a little surprising. She gets an opener against Britain’s Naomi Broady so won’t have the crowd behind her. Another interesting stat about the Spaniard is that Muguruza has never before managed to successfully defend a title. With that said she should be a lock for the fourth round where the dangerous Daria Kasatkina (who has beaten Muguruza this year) could be waiting. Loves a good Wimbledon performances does the Spaniard and overall, looking at the draw she isn't bad value at all to win outright.

Johanna Konta

She is one of the better players on the Tour on grass and maybe that will help her string something positive together here. She went to the final of Nottingham recently and failed to deliver and then was stopped in a high profile clash with Caroline Wozniacki at Eastbourne. Konta made a great run to the semi finals of Wimbledon last year through sheer grit and determination. We can’t quite see her getting back to that stage and the draw won’t help her.

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova has been one of the stand-out performers on the WTA this season with five titles to her name and she is a former winner of Wimbledon as well. She collected the title in 2011 and in 2014 and she looks to be in pretty good shape to launch another assault in this one. She is at 15/8 odds* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) to win the first quarter. No-one is going to want to face her and she is going to have time to work her way into this tournament with a nice draw ahead through the first few rounds.

1st Quarter

This is a congested battle in the first quarter because you have Petra Kvitova, Simona halep, Maria Sharapova, Johanna Konta and Jelena Ostapenko there. So at the end of the day you are going to have to try and pick a semi-finalists out of that. Out of them, we do see Halep and Kvotiva having the easiest runs to the fourth round to set themselves up with a good chance. We are going to roll with Kvitova because she delivers on grass and has massive form.

2nd Quarter

We like Garbine Muguruza for the second quarter because while there are some tough battlers in this section, like Belinda Bencic, Naomi Osaka and Caroline Garcia, we are going to roll with the experience of Muguerza to come through and take the quarter. The biggest threat we can actually see to her is Daria Kasatkina and the youngster is raising her stock all the time. Kasatkina got the better of her opponent in both meetings this season. There is an each way appeal at 12/1* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) on Kasatkina coming through and topping this quarter.

3rd Quarter

All of the tournament's big threats that we can see are in the top half of the draw. Sloane Stephens heads up the third quarter as 3/1 favourite* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) with Karolina Pliskova hot on her heels. This should be a pretty competitive quarter as Venus William, Julia Goerges, Victoria Azarenka and impressive youngster Aryna Sabalenka is in there. This is a tough one to call, but we are going to roll with Sloane Stephens to hold form together better on the grass.

4th Quarter

Serena Williams heads up the fourth quarter. It's still hard to judge where she is at because of so little tennis behind her. But the draw ahead for her sees Williams open against No.107 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands and then she would move on to face either No.136 Viktoriya Tomova or No.167 Tereza Smitkova in the second round. So there is room in this for her to open with and ease her way into things, instead of having been a wildcard and pitted against a top seed. In the third round, she would be Magdalena Rybarikova or Madison Keys. You would have to imagine that she can handle that and then there could be Wozniacki to come in the quarters.

Predictions

We can’t put a lot of stock in Serena Williams going all the way. There just hasn't been enough games under her belt to suggest that she is going to withstand the rigours of two weeks at Wimbledon. This year’s US Open has to be a more serious target for her. So if not Williams then who? The top quarter is going to be such a slog that we can see whoever prevails there, going all the way. We are rolling with 2/1 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm) on the Wimbledon winner being whoever wins that 1st Quarter. If you are looking at form this season, if you are looking at the proven track record on grass, then we can’t look past the 15/8 odds on Petra Kvitova To Reach The Final* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm). Our big underdog for the tournament is Daria Kasatkina who is 12/1 odds to win that second quarter* (betting odds taken from July 1st, 2018 at 6:05 pm).
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Wimbledon Betting 2018 Men – Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
The 123rd edition of Wimbledon will be contested in early July. The start of the action is coming on Monday, July 2nd which is when the main draw gets underway. It will start two fantastic weeks of top tennis action front the capital and Roger Federer is the one who is heading back to defend his title. Federer will be looking for an incredible ninth Wimbledon title and he is the outright favourite at 7/4 odds with Paddy Power to pull it off as well* (betting odds taken from June 27th, 2018 at 7:34 p.m.). Wimbledon 2018 Men - Infographic

2017 Wimbledon Review

It was another historic moment for Roger Federer twelve months ago as he powered his way to the tournament title for a record eighth time. Federer took down Marin Cilic in the final in straight sets. It was really all too easy for Federer at the business end of things as he took out Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals and semi-finals respectively without dropping a set. Andy Murray had been the reigning champion but he lost in the quarter finals against Sam Querrey while Novak Djokovic also lost at that stage as he retired against Tomas Berdych. Rafa Nadal had gone home around earlier in a shock loss against Gilles Muller.

2018 Mens Wimbledon winner odds*

Roger Federer 7/4 Novak Djokovic 11/2 Marin Cilic 7/1 Rafael Nadal 8/1 Andy Murray 14/1 Alexander Zverev 16/1 Nick Kyrgios 16/1 Milos Raonic 20/1 Juan Martin del Potro 22/1 Grigor Dimitrov 25/1 Borna Coric 33/1 Kevin Anderson 40/1 Denis Shapovalov 40/1 John Siner 66/1 Sam Querrey 66/1 Stan Wawrinka 66/1 Karen Khachanov 66/1 David Goffin 66/1 Kei Nishikori 80/1 Kyle Edmund 80/1

Wimbledon 2018 Top 8 Seeds

  1. Roger Federer
  2. Rafael Nadal
  3. Marin Cilic
  4. Alexander Zverev
  5. Juan Martin del Potro
  6. Grigor Dimitrov
  7. Dominic Thiem
  8. Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer

Federer goes as the top seed for the tournament and this will actually be the first time since 2012 that he has been at the top of the seeding for a Grand Slam event. Once again Federer went into hibernation during the clay court swing of the season. He made his return on the grass in Stuttgart and immediately got into his winning groove beating Milos Raonic in the final, and then he followed it up a run to the final in Halle where he suffered a surprise defeat against Borna Coric. Still, that is a 25-3 record that Federer holds for the season, accumulating three titles along the way, including the Australian Open. On the grass, he's the one to beat and you can actually take a look at double chance options at Paddy Power. For example, a Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic Double chance is at 5/6 odds, while a Roger Federer Marin Cilic Double Chance is at even money* (betting odds was taken from June 27th, 2018 at 7:34 p.m.). Those are some options to play with for Wimbledon 2018 tennis betting. Federer has been to the final of Wimbledon in three of the last four editions and only once since 2003 has he finished short of the quarter finals at the tournament. He holds an 81-11 match record at Wimbledon during his career. With the rest of the field still not at its strongest, this has to be another golden opportunity for Federer.

Novak Djokovic

It has been a slow recovery from Novak Djokovic after his elbow issues and he has posted an 18-9 record for the season. His best efforts this season actually came on clay when he made the semi finals of Rome and the quarter finals at the French Open. He went out at the Fever-Tree Championships for his first foray on grass this season and made a run to the final where he lost out against Marin Cilic. It was a good workout for him. Is the Serbian back to his very best? No, not yet and he will take a 58-10 match record at Wimbledon during his career back with him. He has won the Wimbledon title three times, the most recent of which was in 2015 and he is going to be a danger floating around the draw. Djokovic has been seeded twelve for the tournament and he will be looking for his first Grand Slam title since the 2016 French Open.

Marin Cilic

Cilic got his first title of the season as he beat Novak Djokovic in London and that would have given him some good belief ahead of Wimbledon. He has had a steady season with a quarter final at Monte Carlo and Roland Garros along with a semi-final in Rome under his belt during the clay swing of the season. He has always been a threat to the big guns in a field and you would expect him to be knocking around the quarter finals of this Slam. His output at Wimbledon has actually increased well over the last few seasons, having made the quarter finals three times in a row between 2014 and 2016 and then running to the final last year where he lost to Federer. He has a 27-10 match record at Wimbledon and given his appearance in the final of this year’s Australian Open and a quarter-final, as mentioned at the French Open, he is in pretty good shape.  

Rafael Nadal

It has been four titles from Rafael Nadal this season and he has taken some time off since winning the French Open yet again. If this were a clay tournament you would have no issue in backing him but Rafa has not carried form with him on the grass of London for some time now. He hasn’t been to the second week of Wimbledon in any of his last five appearances there. He is a two-time winner of Wimbledon, back in 2008 and 2010 but really, as good as he is, this isn’t the greatest of surfaces for him at this stage of his career and anything further than a quarter-final berth would be a bonus.

Andy Murray

You can’t realistically expect Andy Murray to make a run at his third Wimbledon title. That would be extraordinarily if he were to pull it out of his hat. This week he put in an appearance at Eastbourne for his comeback after his long lay off because of injury. He is down at 156 in the world rankings and doesn't get a seeding place at Wimbledon 2018. He opened Eastbourne with a win over Stan Wawrinka, making that Murray’s first win in over twelve months. Grinding out two weeks at a Grand Slam after so long out is going to be a pretty tough call and it is unlikely to happen. If he gets to the second week, he can be pretty pleased with himself.

Alexander Zverev

The young German has a couple of titles to his name this season but his opening misfire on grass this season, long to Borna Coric in the first round of Halle, won’t exactly have raised his stock for an assault on Wimbledon. He is still early into his Grand Slam career of course but in each of the last three years he has gone one round better each time. So he would be due for a quarter final finish this time around. In all of his Grand Slam appearances, his best result is a quarter final at this season’s French Open. Maybe he is not quite as ready for the breakthrough and is nothing more than each way option at Paddy Power in Wimbledon 2018 betting.

Other outside chance options

Nick Kyrgios and his volatile self is a pretty short price to get something together in this tournament and get his first ever Grand Slam title. He beat both Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund at the recent Fever-Tree Championships In London on grass. His best effort at Wimbledon was a quarter-final place in 2014. Milos Raonic is another of those players who has been contending with recovery after injury, a knee problem keeping him out of the French Open this summer. It is hard to see him pulling his way through the entire two weeks successfully. Juan Martin del Potro at 22/1 odds with Paddy Power* (betting odds was taken from June 27th, 2018 at 7:34 p.m.) will have some appeal as an each way option in Wimbledon 2018 betting. The Argentinean is often a big player for the big occasion and has had a good season. He lost the final of Indian Wells to Federer, reached the semi-finals of Miami and then was a semi finalist at the French Open as well where he was stopped by Nadal. He will be a dangerous dark horse to watch in the field but as for winning it, that looks a stretch as his best finish was a semi-final in 2013. Grigor Dimitrov will be another of those in the pack who would be a dark horse and then there is Kyle Edmund who will be looking for something special with the big home support behind him and Edmund is a big 80/1 shot* (betting odds was taken from June 27th, 2018 at 7:34 p.m.) to win outright.

Who will win Wimbledon 2018 Prediction

The threats of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are clearly not looking strong enough to make an impact on the favouritism of Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2018. We are predicting that a quarter-final berth for both of those would be a good respective effort. Federer is still something else when it comes to Grand Slam appearances and once again he has been managing his season well in taking a pass on the clay swing of the season. That only has to be another big benefit from him and really there doesn’t look to be enough in the field to stop him delivering the goods.
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French Open Betting 2018 Women – Winner Odds & Predictions

Elina Svitolina
The second Grand Slam of the season starts on May 27 and will draw to its exciting conclusion on June 10. The French Open is the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments to play in the season, following on from the opening Australian Open and shortly after it ends, the next Grand Slam action will be coming from Wimbledon. Once again the draw for the women’s title looks wide open and extremely competitive, and it will be young Latvian Jelena Ostapenko heading back to Roland Garros as the reigning champion. After missing last season’s French Open, Serena Williams makes a return and it will be her first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth to her first child. There has been much made about the fact that she will be going to the tournament unseeded because of her drop in ranking having not played for most of last year. But, with Serena Williams floating around as a dangerous unseeded player it does add a bit of excitement to the draw and nobody will want to have her ending up in their quarter. Will we see another first-time winner of the French Open this season? Whatever happens in Paris over the two weeks, there is bound to be some high drama as fiercely competitive tennis. It is top seed Simona Halep who is trading as the 11/2 outright favourite bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) to win this year’s edition of the French Open.

French Open 2018 Women’s Winner odds*

Simona Halep 11/2 Elina Svitolina 13/2 Maria Sharapova 10/1 Garbine Muguruza 11/1 Serena Williams 12/1 Jelena Ostapenko 12/1 Petra Kvitova 14/1 Karolina Pliskova 14/1 Daria Kasatkina 16/1 Angelique Kerber 18/1 Caroline Wozniacki 20/1 Kiki Bertens 20/1 Victoria Azarenka 25/1 Caroline Garcia 25/1 Naomi Osaka 28/1 Anett Kontaveit 28/1 Sloane Stephens 33/1 Madison Keys 33/1 Julia Goerges 33/1 Johanna Konta 40/1 Coco Vandeweghe 40/1 Venus Williams 40/1 bar 50/1* (Betting Odds taken from Bet365 at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018).

2017 women’s French Open review

There was a huge surprise in the outcome of last season’s French Open as unknown and unseeded Jelena Ostapenko stormed the field to win her first ever Grand Slam title. Garbine Muguruza had gone into the tournament as reigning champion, but the Spaniard couldn’t get past the fourth round. There were big name fallers in the very first round with top seed Angelique Kerber and Britain's Johanna Konta both getting knocked out at the first hurdle. Second seed Karolina Pliskova and third seed Simona Halep both did produce good tournaments and a clashed in a heavyweight semi final. The winner of that semi-final was expected to go on and take the title. It was Halep and came through to reach the showcase match, and she was red hot favourite to deliver her first Grand Slam title as she faced the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko there. Ostapenko had beaten the 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky in the semis. In a remarkable show of sheer fearless tennis though, it was the young Latvian Ostapenko who came through the challenge to beat Halep after having lost the first set to the Romanian.

2018 women’s French Open top eight seeds

  1. Simona Halep
  2. Caroline Wozniacki
  3. Garbine Muguruza
  4. Elina Svitolina
  5. Jelena Ostapenko
  6. Karolina Pliskova
  7. Caroline Garcia
  8. Petra Kvitova

2018 Women’s French Open Preview

Simona Halep will once again be the top seed for the French Open, just as she was 12 months ago. It is one of those strange situations with Halep in that she is one of the best players on the circuit, but she just hasn’t been able to get that elusive Grand Slam title despite being in three previous Grand Slam finals, two of those being at the French Open. She did make the final of this season’s first Grand Slam the Australian Open, where she lost in three sets to Caroline Wozniacki. Halep is the current world number one and she does have a title to her name this season having won in China right at the start of the season. It has been a quiet season from Halep, aside from the Australian Open and a title winning run in China, she has only appeared in a handful of other tournaments. She reached the semi finals of Qatar back in early February, then made another semi-final run at Indian Wells in early March and disappointed with an early exit at the Miami open in late March. Halep is the 11/2 outright favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) to win this season’s French Open, and maybe her dialled-back season is going to help her achieve that. Her run to the final of Rome recently, where she lost to Elina Svitolina on clay, will have given renewed hope of getting that first Grand Slam title. Karolina Pliskova has struggled to make it to the business end of tournaments this season. After losing in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open to Simona Halep, Pliskova could only manage quarter-final runs at both Indian Wells and Miami in other major tournaments this season. She had that blowout on the clay in Rome recently as well, where she attacked the umpire's chair at the end of the match, after having been denied a good winning position late in the match because of a super-dodgy line call. As a positive, she did win on the clay in Stuttgart this season. The Czech Republic star had her best ever run at the French Open with her semi-final appearance 12 months ago and she has been to at least the quarter-finals in five of the last six Grand Slam tournaments. Pliskova's only Grand Slam final appearance remains her 2016 US open final loss to Angelique Kerber. Caroline Wozniacki made it to the quarter finals of the French Open last year and she will be looking to build on her success at the Australian Open earlier this year. After starting the season strongly her results drifted away a little bit with recent poor Indian Wells and Miami Open performances. She really doesn’t have a great track record at the French Open to really warrant backing with a great deal of confidence, the Dane having never been past the quarter-finals in Paris. She recently bowed out of the quarter-final stage in Rome. Elina Svitolina is bang in form again with three titles already having been won this season. Her first came in Brisbane right at the start of the year and then after a win in Dubai, Svitolina got title defence completed in Rome recently on clay. That was quite telling win as well because in the quarter-finals she had gotten past Angelique Kerber and then took down Simona Halep (convincingly so) in the final itself. So Svitolina at 13/2 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) does look a serious challenger. Former French Open champion Maria Sharapova will also take confidence from a good run at Rome on clay where she reached the semi finals before losing in three sets to Simona Halep. Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova are in that cluster of players who have the potential to go on to make a serious title challenge but at the same time you just never quite sure about them putting things together. You will need to see their early-round form first. Ostapenko reached the quarter-finals in Rome recently so she had a good build up there on clay, while Petra Kvitova has title successes behind her this season and Muguruza is one of those players who one day can take down the best with her best, but that best doesn’t show up often enough.

Dark Horses

The competition runs pretty deep in the women’s draw, unlike in the men’s. There are great underdog value options in the likes of Caroline Garcia, the improving Naomi Osaka, Daria Kasatkina and Anett Kontaveit, the latter of which recently had a tremendous run through to the semi finals in Rome. They are big odds options, but very talented, and not without form this season and they can just look back just 12 months ago to Ostapenko's success for a bit of inspiration as well.

Serena Williams

So what about the challenge of Serena Williams? This is her first Grand Slam back since the 2017 Australian Open and that is a long time away from the at its most competitive level. She is one of the legends of the game, but time away from major tournaments like this isn’t something that is, how you actually go and win them again. Williams because of her now low ranking in the world, takes an unseeded spot at the French Open 2018 and that makes a fascinating prospect as to where she is going to end up in the draw. Which of the top seeds are going to be unlucky enough to have to try and deal with early in the tournament. At 12/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 5:53 a.m. on May 23rd, 2018) going into the French Open 2018 that says a lot about her, because anybody else would have been at a massive price. More likely than not Williams will have a hard route ahead of because of the unseeded tag, and we don’t see her going all the way and lifting the title.

Predictions

Once again the women’s draw is wide open and you can expect to see some early top seed casualties again. The women’s game is that competitive at the moment and it is a little bit difficult to narrow down the field. Of the front runners, Elina Svitolina is perhaps the one who is carrying the most form and one who has the best form on clay this season. She is well worth backing to be there or thereabouts at the end. Of the other front runners, neither Pliskova, Wozniacki, Sharapova or Muguruza appeals enough. You can’t really dismiss the chances of Simona Halep who surely has to get Grand Slam title sooner or later. Halep is one of the more natural clay-court players in the women’s game and she looked pretty dialled in a recent run to the final of Rome. Of the longer priced each way dark horses for the 2018 French Open betting, Ostapenko is actually worth a look for a title defence because she is in pretty decent form, but of the bigger odds options we would look for home talent Caroline Garcia with the extra boost of home support behind. The French youngster made her best ever run at the French Open last season, and can potentially be in the mix but nothing more than an each-way option.
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French Open Betting 2018 Men – Winner Odds & Predictions

Tennis Betting
Who is going to be able to stop Raphael Nadal winning what would be his 11th title at the French open? That seems to really be the headlining question heading towards this year’s edition of the clay-court Grand Slam. Nadal’s record at the tournament is just simply overwhelmingly staggering. With the Spaniard having produced another fine season on clay he is trading as the 2/5 odds-on favourite at Betfair* (betting odds taken on May 22nd, 2018 at 8:24 p.m.) to go and stand in the winner’s circle once again at Roland Garros. With the rest of the field looking just a little bit depleted it may be Nadal’s title to lose. He heads to the 2018 French Open as not surprisingly, the reigning champion.

Men’s French open winner odds*

Rafael Nadal 2/5, Alex Zverev 7/1, Dominic Thiem 8/1, Novak Djokovic 10/1, David Goffin 33/1, Juan Martin del Potro 33/1, Kei Nishikori 33/1, Marin Cilic 33/1, Stan Wawrinka 33/1, Hyeon Chung 33/1, bar 66/1* (betting odds taken on May 22nd, 2018 at 8:24 p.m.).

2017 French Open Review

After not having won the title in 2015 or 2016, Rafael Nadal would not be kept from winning his record 10th title at the French Open, as he swept his way to success 12 months ago. Nadal went into the tournament as fourth seed but he was always a front-runner to get his hands on the title. It was Andy Murray who was the top seed for the tournament and he produced a fine run as well before bowing out at the semi-final stage to former champion Stan Wawrinka. There was no Roger Federer at the French Open last year, Novak Djokovic was in the mix, but with the injury problems that he was having during the season he never quite looked good enough to win outright in what would have been a title defence. Novak Djokovic went home at the quarter-final stage, leaving the final to be contested between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. Nadal swept his way easier to the title in straight sets.

2018 French Open Preview

Rafael Nadal is once again the strong favourite to win the title at Roland Garros. He is the one to beat and it is going to take something special to actually take him down. Nadal is back to world number one after his recent success in Rome on the clay. That was his third title of the season and all three of those have been on clay, which is a bit of an ominous sign for anybody else showing up at the French Open 2018. Nadal also took the Monte Carlo and Barcelona titles during this Spring swing of the clay court season. Last year on his way to winning the French Open, he won those two events as well. So now we are not even half way through the year yet and Nadal has already gotten halfway to matching his six titles of last season. Last season before winning at Roland Garros Nadal won three clay titles, just as he has done this term. Nadal will take with him to Roland Garros a 23-2 win/loss record for the 2018 season. One of his two losses recently came on clay actually in Madrid when he was beaten by Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. But then Nadal came back strong, as he showed up in Rome and beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the semi finals, before taking down young challenger Alexander Zverev in the final. So Nadal will be showing up in form and he is 7/2 odds at Betfair* (betting odds taken on May 22nd, 2018 at 8:24 p.m.) in a special market where you can back him to win the title at right without dropping a single set along the way. So if Rafael Nadal is such a strong contender at the head of the market in French Open 2018 betting, then where is the value to be found in betting on the tournament?

Alternatives bets to avoid Nadal

Really the best options when it comes down to it is backing players to come through and win quarters. That will at least give you some leeway of other betting options on players to progress through the rounds without even having to be concerned about Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is naturally going to be a strong odds-on favourite to win his own quarter. The thing about this season’s French Open, is that once again there is no Roger Federer taking part, Andy Murray is still out recovering from surgery and Novak Djokovic is in the game but still working his way back from injury and is nowhere near his top level. Milos Raonic also has pulled out through injury, so that really leaves the path wide open for Rafael Nadal to launch another powerful assault on the French Open title. You realistically have Alexander Zverev as the main threat to Rafael Nadal in French open 2018 tennis betting. The young German is the 7/1 odds second favourite at Betfair* (betting odds taken on May 22nd, 2018 at 8:24 p.m.) to win what would be his first Grand Slam title. So far in his short career that 21-year-old hasn’t gone  past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament yet. This will be just his third time in the main draw of the French open, having exited at the third round in 2016 and he suffered a shock first-round loss last year. So even though he is up there at the head of the betting market his track record at the big tournaments so far just isn’t there and is nowhere near comparable to the experience and success that Rafael Nadal has had. But what is raising his stock is that he has won two titles this season and he has been producing very well on clay. He was a semi finalist in Monte Carlo, before following that up with the title on clay at the BMW Open in Munich, Germany. He then got his big title of the season so far at the ATP Masters 1000 Mutua Madrid Open beating Dominic Thiem in the final. Zverev did not drop a single set along the way to winning in Spain, and in Thiem, he beat the man who had knocked out Rafael Nadal. It was another excellent run on clay for Zverev when he appeared in Rome, making another appearance in the final, this time being stopped by Nadal. So really no other player on the ATP Tour at the moment, aside from Nadal is playing better than the young German on the dirt. Because Nadal and Zverev are the first and second seeds respectively, they would be kept apart until the final.

Dark Horse Contenders

Is there a threat to Nadal and Zverev in the field? If there is it’s not very prominent one. You look at the rest of the top four seeds, namely Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov and it is hard back either of those with a great deal of confidence heading into the Grand Slam. Dimitrov has never been past the third round of the French open whilst Cilic produced best ever effort at the event last season by reaching the quarter-finals. Considering that Cilic has been to two of the last three Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon and the Australian Open) then he does make the most sense to warrant backing as the strongest dark horse chance if you were looking in that area. Really from then on outside of the top four seeds you’re struggling to find a player who could potentially come through and win the tournament outright. Juan Martin del Potro is the fifth seed but has produced absolutely nothing on clay at all the season. Dominic Thiem because he is the only man to beat in Nadal on the clay this season is probably worth a flutter reaching the final eight, but that looks to be just about the limit of one of your options outside of Nadal and Zverev in the French Open 2018 betting market.

Predictions

Can the field stop Rafael Nadal? No, not likely to happen at the French Open 2018. Nadal is fit, Nadal is in fantastic form on clay, and he is at the tournament he absolutely loves the most. His track record there speaks for itself and we are going to tip him to come through the field and winning that remarkable 11 Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. Zverev is definitely one, who based on current form who is likely to get closest to challenging Nadal, but if the two meet in the final then the Spaniard has all of the experience to handle himself against the young upstart there. Backing Zverev in the 'Without Nadal market" may be a decent option to roll with. It may be boring, it may be predictable, but we just can not look past Rafael Nadal.
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