French Open final: Rafa targets 10
Frank Monkhouse | 11 June 2017
Nadal hot favourite vs Wawrinka
Rafael Nadal more than lived up to his pre-tournament betting favourite tag, and is now within touching distance of taking his French Open titles into double figures. The Spaniard faces Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final at Roland Garos.
Sure to be a momentous occasion, Coral serve up a feast of betting opportunities to keep punters interested throughout the match. Click now to have your say on a number of outcomes, including match winner, set betting and first set correct score.
Nadal back to his best
Rafa Nadal has been simply stunning so far in Paris, and is widely tipped to continue his form into the final and pick up yet another French Open gong. The 31-year-old brushed aside the challenge of Dominic Thiem, beating the Austrian 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in the semis to breeze through. Thiem boasted a win on clay over Nadal this year, but there was no danger of him repeating the feat.
That sensational run to the final has critics asking if Rafa is, indeed, back to his best, and judging by recent performances, it’s difficult to argue against that. He has caught the eye from game one, so much so Coral traders are offering 11/10 on him to beat Wawrinka 3-0 when it matters. When asked by the press at the conclusion of that match if he was thinking about 10, Nadal refused to commit, telling fans nine is good enough, and it was not the time to look forward.
Supporters of the tennis star will be encouraged to see their man continue to take one game at a time, even under pressure, but punters looking to back Rafa for another win must work for their value, with 1/5 the current offer. He’s as tight as 1/3 to win the first set, while this match producing under 3.5 total sets offers something for Coral customers to get their teeth into, with even money chalked up on the board.
Stan no mere opponent
All the talk in the build up to Sunday’s final has been about Rafael Nadal and his surge to the final, but to get over the line he must beat an opponent high on confidence, and one coming in on the back of a battling win over world number one Andy Murray.
The 32-year-old Swiss star has upset the odds already this week, fighting back to sink the Scotsman in a five-set thriller. 6-7, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1 saw Stan progress, but had sports writers asking if such a battle this late in the tournament would’ve left anything in his legs for the main event. That slog lasted a total of four hours and 34 minutes.
Our tennis team certainly think he emptied the tank to get here, and are offering a chunky 7/2 on Wawrinka turning the tables and claiming his second French Open winner’s cheque, having won here back in 2015, shocking Djokovic in the final. If he is to taste glory, a fast start is needed, and the underdog to win the first set is yours at 9/4.