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Local boy Prodon out to end Murray’s French Open hopes

| 24.05.2011

Qualifier Eric Prodon faces the biggest match of his 11-year career when he takes to the Philippe Chatrier court to face Andy Murray on Tuesday.

Prodon has never been past the first round of a Grand Slam tournament but the Frenchman will have the full backing of the Roland Garros crowd for a match he is 9/1 to win.

Murray admits he knows little about his opponent but the fact Prodon plays 93% of his matches on clay should tell the Scot that he is not to be underestimated.

Murray is the 1/33 favourite to win and is expected to do so comfortably at 2/7 to win 3-0, but Prodon is comfortable on his favoured court and could take a set off the Scot.

Murray has dropped sets in three of his four French Open first round matches and so we’re siding with the Scot to edge through 3-1 at 10/3.

Juan Monaco vs Fernando Verdasco

Verdasco may be the 8/15 favourite to beat Monaco on Tuesday, but the Spaniard has only beaten the Argentine twice in eight attempts.

All of the last five meetings between the two players have been on clay and Monaco has won four of them, including at Roland Garros in 2006, and the Argentine looks the pick of the days French Open odds at 11/8.

Monaco enters the French Open on the back of a final appearance in Dusseldorf while Verdasco’s clay court form has been shaky bar a final appearance in Portugal.

The last four ties between the two have been won in straight sets but we fancy Monaco to win 3-1 at 9/2.


Take Filippo Volandri to beat Arnaud Clement at 2/7 and Jeremy Chardy to edge past Grigor Dimitrov at 4/7.

A £10 accumulator on Murray, Monaco, Volandri and Chardy winning would return £59.40. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.