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French Open day 11: Murray and Nadal set to play it straight

| 04.06.2014

We’re at the business end of things in Roland Garros with today’s three best French Open bets following a particular theme: straight sets victories.

With Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Sara Errani all in action, we are backing this tempting trio to win without dropping a set.

Enticing as individual bets, those confident of success could also combine all three for a juicy treble available at odds of just over 10/1. Unconvinced? Read on to find out why you should be backing the trio.

Andy Murray to beat Gael Monfils 3-0 @ 2/1

The Scot put in a battling display to see off Fernando Verdasco in three hard-fought sets last time out but we are backing the Brit to have an easier time of things against home favourite Monfils.

The Frenchman has only faced one seed on his way to the quarter-finals and, in truth, was fortunate to come through that five-set thriller with Fabio Fognini in the 3rd round, after losing the fourth set 6-0.

These two haven’t played each other in four years, with the Wimbledon winner coming out on top 2-1 on that occasion but since that match  Murray has asserted himself as one of the game’s top players. Back the Scot to seal a semi-final spot in style.

Sara Errani to beat Andrea Petkovic 2-0 @ 10/11 

Errani looked impressive in her 2-0 victory over Jelena Jankovic, a match the Italian should have perhaps won more comfortably having been up a break in the first set, which she went on to win in a tie-break.

She should have an easier time of it against Petkovic, who has made hard work of her progress thus far, having come through three-set encounters in each of the last three rounds.

With Errani on a run of three straight-sets wins and fresh from beating Petkovic 2-0 on clay in Madrid earlier this year, it’s hard to argue against the former French Open finalist.

Rafael Nadal to beat David Ferrer 3-0 @ evens 

The King of Clay was at his imperious best against Dusan Lajrovic, dumping the Serbian out of Roland Garros with three sets of near-perfect tennis 6-1 6-2 6-1.

Nadal has yet to drop a set at this year’s French Open and looks unlikely to do so against old foe David Ferrer. His counterpart endured something of a mini-scare in the last round, dropping the third set to Kevin Anderson in a tie-break, before winning the fourth 6-1.

But having lost five consecutive matches to Nadal in straight sets, in a run that includes last year’s French Open final, Ferrer should fear the worst.

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

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.