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French Open: Three best bets for the quarter-finals

| 02.06.2014

We are approaching the business end of the tournament at Roland Garros and while that usually means more evenly-matched odds there are still plenty of betting opportunities to be had.

With the likes of Li Na, Serena Williams and Roger Federer sent home early there is plenty of scope for further shocks but the advice here is to back the favourites in our three match picks.

Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Maria Sharapova look destined to reach the semis, but following our three best bets offers a better way of backing this outcome.

A £10 treble on the following selections could return a whopping £245.

Djokovic to beat Raonic 3-1 @ 5/2

Djokovic breezed into the quarter-finals with an impressive 3-0 win over Jo Wilfried-Tsonga but can expect a tougher challenge from the ever-improving Canadian.

Big-serving Raonic has dropped just two sets in the tournament so far and while Djokovic leads the head-to-head 2-0 he was given a stern examination by Raonic in Rome this year.

Novak took that game 2-1 with scores of 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 earning him his spot in the final and after dropping a set to Marin Cilic already at Roland Garros, Raonic looks a safe bet to nick one in this tie.

Berdych to beat Gulbis 3-1 @ 10/3

Gulbis may have played the game of his life to derail the Fed Express but while he battled away in that five-setter Berdych was making light work of John Isner in a straight sets romp.

This makes Berdy the more tempting pick, especially given his four victories from six meetings with Gulbis in their careers to date.

The Czech took their last match in Rotterdam this year in straight sets but the confidence that Gulbis will have taken from his Federer wins means a closer affair can be expected this time round.

Sharapova to beat Muguruza 2-0 @ 8/13

Muguruza is yet to drop a set and made light work of Serena Williams in the second round but her credentials will be put under serious examination by the in-form Sharapova.

The Russian has only dropped one set herself so far and the 6-2, 6-2 thumping she handed the Spaniard in their only meeting to date – which took place on clay – could be an indicator of what’s to come.

With the outright price on Maria too prohibitive to all but the wealthiest of backers advice here is for the better-priced straight sets victory.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.