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ATP French Open Winner Odds 2017

ATP French Open Winner Odds 2017

ATP French Open Futures at Bet365

The warm weather is upon us and the action returns to Roland-Garros on May 28th when the 2017 French Open kicks off. Bet365 has the best outright odds available as always, and it is no surprise to see Rafael Nadal atop the list of players most likely to win this year's tournament.

Nadal is beginning to regain the form that led him to an incredible nine French Open victories in his last twelve attempts. During this time he was basically unbeatable on clay and holds an astonishing 9-0 record in finals at Roland-Garros. His record in the tournament is a ridiculous 72-2 including winning the tournament five years in a row and holding a winning streak of 39 matches.

Both are all-time records and although injuries have halted the progress of the most prolific clay-court player in history, Nadal showed his intention to return to the pinnacle of tennis by reaching the final of the Australian Open and is ready to take back his crown in what has become 'his' tournament. He's a deserved favourite.

# ATP French Open 2017 To Win Outright Bet365
#1   Rafael Nadal +125
#2   Novak Djokovic +350
#3   Andy Murray +500
#4   Stan Wawrinka +800
#5   Roger Federer +1400
#6   Dominic Thiem  +1400
#7   Kei Nishikori +2800
#8   Nick Kyrgios +3300
#9   Milos Raonic +5000
#10  Grigor Dimitrov +5000

The usual suspects appear in the top five of this list and will be the greatest challenge to Rafa when the tournament reaches its second week. Novak Djokovic will be defending the title for the first time and the tenacious former world number-one will be gunning to add to his impressive tally of 13 grand slam victories. He is just one short of Nadal on that list.

Andy Murray will also be desperate to taste glory after falling to Djokovic in last year's final in four sets (he led 1-0). Although the current number-one, Murray is yet to win the French Open and will not be considered one of the all-time greats unless he can manage a Career Grand Slam.

Stan Wawrinka has reached a career-high of third in the world and is also a name to consider having won the 2015 tournament, however, it is countryman Roger Federer that could arguably be the biggest Swiss threat. Although age is not on his side, the greatest male tennis player of all time is a danger even at 90%. He defied the odds to win the 2017 Australian Open, his 18th overall grand slam victory and holds the record for most grand slam final appearances (28). It will be hard to discount the G.O.A.T.

Who Will Win The ATP French Open 2017?

The question on everyone's lips - let's face it, we're here to win money - is who will win this year's tournament? Firstly, let's look at their recent form. So far in 2017 Roger Federer tops the charts with an impressive 19-1 record (95%), followed by Rafael Nadal with 29-5 (85.3%).

Nadal has won the most matches out of any player in 2017 at the time of writing. Andy Murray's form is not setting the world on fire - he is 15-5 for the calendar year which is alarming given how strong he has been prior (his last 12 months have yielded a record of 80-10). Other notables in the top 10 include Milos Raonic (14-3), Nick Kyrios (16-4) and Djokovic (14-4), while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is 6th on the overall form list for 2017 and should not be discounted in his home tournament.

Clay-court records are also very important. We'll take a look at the last twelve months as the sample size is not quite as large this early on in the season. Nadal, Djokovic and Murray all feature on this list with records of 80% or higher. The bolter here is Dominic Thiem who has a record of 22-6 and won more clay matches in the last year than anyone on the above list. Roger Federer does not appear on this list as he did not participate in clay matches for this period.

ATP/WTA Rankings May 2017

Despite Roger Federer's great 2017 form, his lack of clay-court practise and overall record on the surface does not convince me that he can win back-to-back grand slams. Andy Murray did well to make last year's final but I don't see him winning the tournament on the back of his early 2017 form. Stan Wawrinka has been a solid performer on tour over the last twelve months and may be a dark horse to reach the final. He should at least reach the semis. Novak Djokovic is also tough to rule out of contention given his pedigree and grand slam experience.

I cannot see anyone outside of the top five winning this year's open. For me, it has to be Nadal. As long as he stays fit in the lead up to the tournament, he should brush aside the opposition at least until the second week and continue his run to a victory in the final. He is just one short of 10 career French Open titles and should have the hunger and desire to reach that epic milestone. 

Bet365 Tennis Accumulator Bonus

The early rounds of the French Open present a fantastic opportunity to drop an accumulator bet and with the Bet365 Tennis Accumulator Bonus the reward is even greater. Looking at both Nadal and Murray to win their first match? Place an accumulator and receive a 5% bonus.

Add in Djokovic and Wawrinka and it becomes a 10% bonus. If you place a bet of 12 or more legs you'll receive a 50% bonus! The odds of any of the top 12 seeds exiting the tournament are minute, and even though most favourites in the early rounds are at ridiculously short odds to progress, the accumulator bonus can help make your wager worthwhile. 

Don't forget that Bet365 has an array of different odds on all matches throughout the 2017 French Open. Make sure you do your research and have a crack at some of the more exotic lines. If Rafael Nadal reaches the final, have a go at the 'number of sets' line - in Nadal's nine final appearances at Roland-Garros he has never needed more than four sets to defeat an opponent.

As always, do your research, place your bets wisely and you could be in for a win. You can also join in on the conversation on our Facebook page. Good luck!

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