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French Open odds: Top 10 contenders for Paris title

The undisputed king of clay Rafael Nadal aims to win a 12th title at the French Open which gets under way on Sunday.

Last year, Nadal destroyed Dominic Thiem in a one-sided final and BetStars are back again with all the latest French Open odds for the second Grand Slam of the year.

Nadal was odds-on in February to retain his title but semi-final defeats in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Barcelona saw him drift in the French Open betting odds, although normal service resumed in Rome where he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final.

If you like betting on tennis, check out the French Open odds to win with our 10 contenders below and get a flavour of their chances with our French Open betting tips at the end of each profile.

Rafael Nadal

French Open odds: 11/10
Age: 32
Grand Slam titles: 17
French Open titles: 11

The greatest clay-court player of all time will turn 33 during the second week of the tournament but is a hot favourite in the French Open betting to win the Grand Slam for a 12th occasion.

The left-handed Spaniard suffered an Australian Open final drubbing by Novak Djokovic at the start of the year during which he took just eight games, but is feeling happier with his form having beaten the world number one to win the Rome Masters for a ninth time - his first title of the year.

Having twice beaten the Serb in the French Open final there is a chance he could avenge his Melbourne defeat by Djokovic, one of only three players to have won the title since 2005, Nadal aside.

Chances: If he shows the same level of fitness he displayed in Australia it's hard to look beyond an 18th Grand Slam for Nadal.

Novak Djokovic

French Open odds: 2/1
Age: 31
Grand Slam titles: 15
French Open titles: 1

Djokovic won a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title in January and heads to Paris knowing he is one of only two players to have beaten Nadal in 15 years at the French Open.

The Serb defeated Nadal in the quarter-finals in 2015 but lost to Stan Wawrinka in the final, although a year later he completed the career Grand Slam by defeating Andy Murray.

With 15 Grand Slam titles to his name, two behind Nadal and five off Roger Federer, Djokovic will be keen to add another on his least successful surface and should he do so will become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four titles simultaneously.

Djokovic's form on clay has been good this year, following up a quarter-final appearance in Monte Carlo by winning the Madrid Open for a third time, but he admitted he "ran out of fuel" against Nadal in Rome.

Chances: He's done it once before and is also a three-time runner-up so has to be considered a major contender.

Dominic Thiem

French Open odds: 9/2
Age: 25
Grand Slam titles: 0
French Open titles: 0

The Austrian eventually reached his first Grand Slam final in Paris last year having been eliminated by Djokovic and Nadal in the last four in the two previous seasons.

Thiem's odds on winning a first Grand Slam have halved since beating Nadal at the Barcelona Open last month on his way to a second title of the year.

Nine of Thiem's 13 titles have come on clay so realistically this is the one Grand Slam he is capable of winning.

Chances: Thiem will be one of the players looking to reach the semi-finals or better.

Roger Federer

French Open odds: 16/1
Age: 37
Grand Slam titles: 20
French Open titles: 1

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is making his first appearance at the French Open in four years having previously decided that skipping the clay season was the best way to prolong his career.

Three Grand Slams later, Federer's assessment has proved correct but one cannot help think this could be his last season having opted to reverse his decision.

Federer was at least a quarter-finalist in 10 of his 11 previous appearances - once as a winner in 2009 and three times as a runner-up - and his French Open betting odds have tumbled from 30/1 in February to 16/1.

The Swiss reached the last eight in Madrid and Rome and despite pulling out of his quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Italian capital with a leg injury after rain meant he had to play twice in one day, we suspect his decision was merely a precaution.

Chances: Potential semi-finalist, possibly better at big tennis odds

Stefanos Tsitsipas

French Open odds: 17/1
Age: 20
Grand Slam titles: 0
French Open titles: 0

One of the new generation of players expected to dominate the men's game once the big three have retired.

The Greek youngster is enjoying a brilliant season having won titles in Marseille and Estoril, but of more significance is his Madrid Open semi-final victory over Nadal who beat him a week later in the last four in Rome.

Those performances have seen him rise to sixth in the world rankings and although he has never progressed beyond round two in Paris, he is expected to go deep into the tournament.

Chances: Tsitsipas' recent exploits on clay have seen him slashed from 25/1 to 17/1 in the French Open odds to win and a place in the quarter-finals or better is a possibility.

Alexander Zverev

French Open odds: 20/1
Age: 21
Grand Slam titles: 0
French Open titles: 0

Last year's quarter-finalist is in a rut which has seen his odds double on winning the French over the last few months.

The 21-year-old German won four titles in 2018, two of which came on clay in Munich and Madrid, but with just five wins from 11 matches on clay this year Zverev decided to play in Geneva in a bid to turn his form around.

Chances: Grand Slam success has evaded the youngster with just one quarter-final in eight attempts and the French Open betting suggests his record is not about to improve.

Daniil Medvedev

French Open odds: 33/1
Age: 23
Grand Slam titles: 0
French Open titles: 0

Medvedev has established himself as one of the most exciting players on tour and four titles in the last two years suggest the only way is up for the Russian.

The 23-year-old Muscovite has never progressed beyond the opening round at the French Open and fell at the first hurdle in Madrid and Rome, but those recent defeats came on the back of a run to the last four in Monte Carlo and the final in Barcelona where he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem.

Chances: Will surely improve on his last two visits to Paris and a possible quarter-final appearance cannot be ruled out.

Juan Martin del Potro

French Open odds: 33/1
Age: 30
Grand Slam titles: 1
French Open titles: 0

Del Potro defied most French Open betting tips when he was a shock semi-finalist last year but a knee injury which prevented him from playing at the end of-season ATP Tour Finals means he heads to Paris having played just seven singles matches.

The Argentinian was also a semi-finalist in 2009, the same year he won his sole Grand Slam at the US Open, so perhaps his appearance in the last four should not be regarded as too much of a surprise.

Delpo also held two match points in his quarter-final with Djokovic in Rome last week so he seems to be getting back on track.

Chances: A quarter-final appearance would be a massive achievement for a player still on the comeback trail.

Stan Wawrinka

French Open odds: 33/1
Age: 34
Grand Slam titles: 3
French Open titles: 1

Last year's first-round exit aside, Wawrinka's recent record at the French Open is spectacular, winning the tournament in 2015, reaching the last four in 2016 and the final 12 months later in which he was destroyed by Nadal.

The Swiss has been struggling with injuries since 2017 and at 34 is not expected to reach those giddy heights, but he beat the in-form Guido Pella and Kei Nishikori in making the quarter-finals in Madrid before he was once again taken apart by clay king Nadal.

Chances: Would be happy making it to the second week.

Fabio Fognini

French Open odds: 33/1
Age: 31
Grand Slam titles: 0
French Open titles: 0

The Italian won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo last month during which he beat Nadal in the semi-finals so his confidence will be sky high for the second Grand Slam of the year.

Eight of Fognini's nine titles have come on clay and he reached the fourth round at last year's French Open so he will have set his sights on another quarter-final appearance he achieved in 2011.

Chances: A place in the last eight would be regarded as a success for an in-form player whose consistency has let him down in the past.

Warren Barner
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