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French Open odds: Top 10 contenders for Paris title

The undisputed king of clay Rafael Nadal returns to Paris in the spring aiming to win his 12th French Open title.

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 which takes place between May 26 and June 9.

As you'd expect, Nadal is the odds-on favourite in the French Open betting odds, but could someone steal his crown this year?

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

Odds: 4/5
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 odds to win the Grand Slam for a 12th occasion.

Despite the left-handed Spaniard struggling with injury over the last couple of years, his fitness was excellent at the Australian Open although his ego will have been battered by the manner of his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final when he won just eight games.

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

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 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.

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

Odds: 9/1
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 had struggled with several bad colds around the turn of the year which caused him to retire during his second-round match at the Australian Open, but he should be fit by May.

Eight of Thiem's 11 titles have come on clay so realistically this is the one Grand Slam he is capable of winning.

Chances: So long as his fitness levels are good, Thiem will be one of the players looking to reach the semi-finals or better.

Alexander Zverev

Odds: 10/1
Age: 21
Grand Slam titles: 0
French Open titles: 0

Zverev enjoyed his best Grand Slam performance at last year's French Open with a quarter-final appearance during which he was taken apart by Thiem.

The 21-year-old German won four titles in 2018, two of which came on clay in Munich and at the Masters 1000 event in Madrid.

Capped a superb year by defeating Djokovic in the championship match at the ATP Tour Finals in November which propelled him to a career-high third in the world rankings.

Chances: Despite his success on the main tour, Grand Slam success has evaded the youngster with just one quarter-final in eight attempts but is still one of the favourites in the French Open betting.

Nick Kyrgios

Odds: 25/1
Age: 23
Grand Slam titles: 0
Australian Open titles: 0

The controversial Aussie pulled out of last year's tournament at the last minute with an elbow injury that had blighted his season.

Kyrgios was due to face fellow Australian Bernard Tomic in the opening round, but withdrew on the day of the match.

Chances: With two third-round appearances his best showing in five visits to Paris, just making it to the second week would have to be regarded as a success.

Juan Martin del Potro

Odds: 25/1
Age: 30
Grand Slam titles: 1
French Open titles: 0

Del Potro was a shock semi-finalist in Paris last year but ended the year having to withdraw from the end of-season ATP Tour Finals in November with the knee injury he had sustained in Shanghai in the previous month.

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.

However, only four of his 22 titles have come on clay, the last of which came in 2012 when he successfully defended his title in Estoril.

Chances: With doubts surrounding his fitness, it's probably best to wait and see how he performs in the build-up to Paris.

Stan Wawrinka

Odds: 25/1
Age: 33
Grand Slam titles: 3
French Open titles: 1

The three-time Grand Slam champion is gradually working his way back to full fitness after undergoing two knee operations in 2017 and the signs were encouraging towards the end of last year that he can compete against the world's best.

After a poor six months last year, the 2015 French Open winner gave Nadal a scare in Toronto which he followed a week later by reaching the quarter-finals in Cincinnati, taking Roger Federer to three sets.

The Swiss was also a semi-finalist here in 2016 and runner-up the following year when he was destroyed by Nadal, but he will be 34 when the tournament starts so time is running out for a fourth Grand Slam.

Chances: Time is not on his side but If he can get his knee in working order he could go deep into the tournament.

Marin Cilic

Odds: 25/1
Age: 30
Grand Slam titles: 1
French Open titles: 0

Clay is not considered to be Cilic's best surface but two quarter-final appearances in the last two years mean the Croatian has to be considered a contender in the French Open men's betting odds.

Cilic had a stellar 2018, reaching the Australian Open final and the last eight at the French Open and US Open, although he won just one title at Queen's.

Just missed out on a 14th Grand Slam quarter-final appearance at this year's Australian Open in a five-set epic against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Chances: No reason why Cilic cannot go on another deep run with a kind draw.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Odds: 25/1
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 won his first ATP Tour title in Stockholm last year and 2019 got off to a blistering start, beating Federer en route to the Australian Open semi-finals in only his seventh appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam.

Has only played the French Open twice before but last year reached the second round where he took a set off Thiem.

Chances: Reached the semi-finals at Estoril last year but clay is not his favourite surface and will be happy to make it to the second week.

Roger Federer

Odds: 30/1
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 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 decided to reverse his decision.

Federer started the year with a fourth-round defeat by Greek sensation Tsitsipas and despite pulling the plug on the French Open from 2015 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.

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

Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Tennis