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Nadal into 4/7 for the French Open after two-year unbeaten run ends

| 09.05.2011

It was the match everyone was waiting to see but a below-par performance from Rafael Nadal left punters wondering whether the Madrid Open final represented true form.

Nothing should be taken away from Novak Djokovic’s comprehensive 7-5, 6-4, triumph over the world number one, but Nadal’s lacklustre performance suggests there is more to come from the Spaniard.

The loss to Djokovic has seen Nadal’s French Open odds drift out to 4/7 from 1/3 as punters start to find some value in the French Open betting.

Djokovic, who has never previously made it past the last four at Roland Garros, is in to 5/2 from 4/1 to win the French Open and his victory over Nadal, coupled with his unbeaten year, has left many punters willing to take Nadal on.

Since featuring in and winning his first French Open back in 2005, only once has Nadal failed to win the title and that was in 2009 when a knee injury ruled him out for almost three months following his fourth round defeat to Robin Soderling.

Nadal’s French Open record is remarkable and while Djokovic continues to break records with his unbeaten streak, beating Nadal in the French Open final will be the toughest task of the Serb’s career.

The two players have met in Grand Slam tournaments on five occasions and Djokovic is yet to register a victory over Nadal, and while there is one last chance for the French Open odds to change this week when the ATP Tour heads to Rome, the current 4/7 for Nadal is incredible value.

Djokovic is 15/8 to win in Rome this week with Nadal available at 8/13.

The Spaniard has five tournament victories in Rome, including a 2009 victory over Djokovic, and the world number one will take some beating in Italy this week, but another tournament victory for Djokovic would leave Nadal’s price for the French Open very tempting.

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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.