French Open Odds 2014 – Can Anyone Stop Nadal? Serena?

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No man has dominated Roland Garros and the French Open just how that Rafael Nadal has over time, so it’s not surprising that he is a well liked to help make the finals again in 2014. Serena Williams has additionally enjoyed the clay court with two French Open Odds titles, including one last year in 2013.While Serena is the favorite to win the title again in 2010 at +125, there are several intriguing options in regards to her challengers, including Li Na at +187. Perhaps most fascinating on the men’s side isn’t that Nadal is the favorite to attain the finals, but that he isn’t the outright favorite to win the tournament.

French Open Odds That designation belongs to Novak Djokokovic, the outright French Open favorite at +150. Djokovic has never won the French Open, his best finish was as a finalist in 2012 when he lost to Nadal in a fit that was divided over two days thanks to rain delays. Djokovic ran directly into Nadal again last year, only this time they clashed in the semifinals, with the Spaniard coming through for a 9-7 win in the fifth-set tiebreak after Djokovic had held a break. The world No. 2 is on the cusp of greatness, and conquering Nadal at Roland Garros is the final major obstacle on his path. Djokovic entered this tournament having registered four-straight wins over Nadal, including a clay-court victory against him at the Rome Masters. If he can extend that streak to five as a +125 favorite, Djokovic will become a seven-time major winner and the eighth man in the real history of tennis to perform the career-Grand Slam.

While it looks like we are destined for a Nadal/Djokovic battle to ascertain the French Open title on the men’s side, the picture is not too clear on the women’s side, where Williams remains the favorite. Serena remains the top-ranked female tennis player in the world, and at 32-years old she still has the capability to dominate her opponents. However, the French Open is usually the one Grand Slam tournament where Williams has looked vulnerable in the past. Along with that, the final six French Open tournaments have experienced six different winners. Maria Sharapova has been excellent for most of this year, but a surprising loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Italian Open might cause fans to appear past her +300 listing. Li Na is the favorite to upset Serena and win the French Open Odds at +187, which should be not surprising after such an extraordinary performance in her Aussie Open win. Ivanovic could be a darkhorse at +300 after knocking off Sharapova on clay court.

For as dominant as Serena has been throughout her career, Roland Garros is usually the one place where you can ask questions about her dominance, and it could be worth putting only a little money on Li Na. When it comes to men side, it’s hard to bet against Nadal’s dominance regardless of his age or where he is at in his career. Nevertheless, Djokovic  has dominated Nadal in recent head-to-head meetings, and with the French Open title the final trophy for Djokovic to enhance his career-Grand Slam case, he is definitely worth betting on.

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