Will Rafael Nadal’s French Open monopoly end in 2015?

Since 2005, Rafael Nadal has been king of the clay court, with the Spaniard landing nine French Open titles and only missing out in 2009 when Robin Soderling beat him en route to a final defeat against Roger Federer. 

Nadal will go down in Roland Garros folklore although the 28-year-old is a big old 5/2 to win the 2015 French Open and that’s mainly down to the awesome tennis that Novak Djokovic has been playing. 

Djokovic has eight Grand Slam titles under his belt including five won at the Australian Open, although the Serbian hankers for success in Paris and some firms go odds-on that the world number one lands the spoils. 

Indeed, the bookies make the men’s singles a two-horse race, with the clay surface not preferred by Andy Murray, while Roger Federer has failed to make it beyond the quarter final stage in the past two years. 

The women’s singles could be more of an even contest, with Serena Williams favourite at 11/4 although the American is not a rock solid prospect on clay.

Since beating sister Venus in 2002, Serena has only made it to the final on one other occasion where she triumphed in 2013 and it could pay to back Simona Halep instead. 

The Romanian was runner-up to Maria Sharapova twelve months ago and should go well again, with her Russian adversary also hard to ignore after three consecutive finals. 

Sharapova seems to prefer this Grand Slam the most out of any, with Victoria Azarenka the other player that can make an impact. A semi-final spot two years ago suggests she can go close.

Posted: May 10, 2015