Can Nadal make it 12 French Open titles?

The second Grand Slam of the tennis season, the French Open, gets under way from May 26. But the question on every betting fan’s lips is, “Who is going to win it?”

Here, we take a look at who is in with a chance of lifting the men’s title at Roland Garros…

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Can clay king Nadal triumph again?

Think of the French Open and most men’s tennis fans think of Rafael Nadal. The Spanish star is the undisputed king of the clay court and is most at home at Roland Garros.

He’s lifted the title an incredible 11 times, including last year’s victory over Dominic Thiem. Take a look at this:

  • 2005 – Rafael Nadal (vitory in 4 sets over Mariano Puerta)
  • 2006 – Rafael Nadal (victory in 4 sets over Roger Federer)
  • 2007 – Rafael Nadal (victory in 4 sets over Roger Federer)
  • 2008 – Rafael Nadal (victory in straight sets over Roger Federer)
  • 2010 – Rafael Nadal (victory in straight sets over Robin Soderling)
  • 2011 – Rafael Nadal (victory in 4 sets over Roger Federer)
  • 2012 – Rafael Nadal (victory in straight sets over Novak Djokovic)
  • 2013 – Rafael Nadal (victory in straight sets over David Ferrer)
  • 2014 – Rafael Nadal (victory in 4 sets over Novak Djokovic)
  • 2017 – Rafael Nadal (victory in straight sets over Stan Wawrinka)
  • 2018 – Rafael Nadal (victory in straight sets over Dominic Thiem)

No surprise, then, that Unibet has Nadal at 5/4 to win again.

That said, Nada’s not in the greatest of form, and was hit with a mystery illness before the Madrid Masters.

So, it could be a chance for a new champion.

Djok can rock

Incredibly, Novak Djokovic has only won the French Open once, in 2016. Including his win, the Serb has, though, reached the final four times since 2012. He’s next in Unibet’s odds, at 11/5. But he doesn’t always perform well on clay, being dumped out of the quarter finals in Monte Carlo last month, and his form isn’t ideal. Maybe it’s lime to look at longer odds…

Others to watch

Dominic Thiem could go one better than last year’s final appearance. Unibet has the Austrian at 4/1. He recently beat Nadal on his way to the Barcelona Open victory, too. A good omen?

Bettors discount Roger Federer at their peril, although the Swiss master is out at 16/1 for the French Open with Unibet.

Elsewhere, we like the look of the 20/1 Unibet are offering for Alexander Zverev. The German has been dealing with a few personal issues, but is dangerous, and could click at any point.