Tennis By Jon Ivan-Duke

French Open: Djokovic Odds On Favourite

Novak Djokovic is the man to beat in the French Open according to bookmakers William Hill, who make the Serbian star 5-6 favourite to win the title.


Djokovic has only lost twice in tournaments this year and after breezing past Roger Federer in last week’s final in Rome, the bookmakers think the winning streak is unlikely to be broken in Paris.


“Djokovic is in a league of his own at the moment and the betting suggests it will take something magical to stop him winning the French Open,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


However, Andy Murray could be a legitimate challenger after coming in to form on clay this year, including his first title on the surface in Munich and adding another in Madrid. William Hill make Murray 9-1 third-favourite.


Rafael Nadal has been struggling and could well rescind his French clay crown this year, after winning the tournament nine times in the last 10 tournaments. He’s 7-2 second-favourite with Hills.


Meanwhile, the women’s draw is slightly more open in the betting, with Serena Williams favourite at 11-4. Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep are next in the list at 9-2, while Victoria Azarenka is also a single figure price at 8-1.


“Serena can outpoint anyone on her day and that’s why she’s favourite,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “But last year’s winner Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep are waiting to pounce if Serena stumbles.”


Men’s French Open Winner: 5-6 Novak Djokovic, 7-2 Rafael Nadal, 9-1 Andy Murray, 11-1 Roger Federer, 12-1 Kei Nishikori, 25-1 Stan Wawrinka, 25-1 Tomas Berdych, 50-1 David Ferrer, 50-1 Gael Monfils, 100-1 OR BIGGER THE REST


Women’s French Open Winner: 11-4 Serena Williams, 9-2 Maria Sharapova, 9-2 Simona Halep, 8-1 Victoria Azarenka, 10-1 Petra Kvitova, 16-1 Carl Suarez Navarro, 16-1 Caroline Wozniacki, 16-1 Garbine Muguruza, 20-1 Eugenie Bouchard, 25-1 Agnieszka Radwanskas, 25-1 Ana Ivanovic, 33-1 Andrea Petkovic, 33-1 Angelique Kerber, 33-1 Sara Errani, 33-1 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 50-1 OR BIGGER THE REST