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2008 FRENCH OPEN ODDS
The 2008 French Open begins this week and sportsbooks have posted odds to win at Roland Garros. It should come as no surprise that Rafael Nadal is favored to win his forth straight French Open title, something not done since the days of Bjorn Borg. You would have to lay -165 to win 100 betting on Nadal to win the title.
3 of the 4 semi finalists of last year are at the top of the odds chart once again this year. Roger Federer is listed at 5-1 odds while Novak Djokovic is listed at 6-1. The bargain of the tournament may be Nikolay Davydenko who is listed at 25-1 odds. He lost in the semi-finals last year to Federer.
David Nalbandian is listed at 20-1 odds and worth a look due to his recent success on clay, 15-2 this year.
The French Open holds some drama every year for Roger Federer fans (and Roger himself). It's the only major title he has never won. Certainly, it's tempting to bet on the number one tennis player in the world when you're getting 5-1 odds. But clay has not been kind to Federer. Federer is 7-8 in finals on clay. Compare that to Nadal who is 19-1 in clay court finals. He is 7-1 in finals on clay against Federer and just beat him once again in Monte Carlo. Federer hadn't reached the finals all year until this week at Monte Carlo, so perhaps he's finding his form just in time to take another run at the elusive French Open Title. But don't bet on it!
As in golf with Tiger Woods, there's more value in betting on individual matchups in the French Open in each round of the tournament, rather than taking a shot against the dominant Nadal to win the the tournament.
For a look at some early round value players as well as some players to stay away from, have a look at our French Open Picks.
Here are the current odds to win the 2008 French Open
Rafael Nadal 2 - 5