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3 men’s singles outsiders to tab for a late French Open run

| 14.04.2015

1) Tomas Berdych @ 33/1

The Czech has been a model of consistency in 2015. He has reached at least the quarter final in all of his six appearances this year, managing two finals in that time although both ended in defeat.

The French Open has historically been Berdych’s worst Grand Slam – his 17 wins at Roland Garros is 11 victories fewer than his next worst record at the big four tournaments – but he has shown some improvement there of late.

A quarter-final outing last year was his best return in France since going one round better in 2010 and an Australian Open victory over Rafael Nadal indicates he’s ready to mix it with the big boys more regularly.

2) Milos Raonic @ 50/1

Like Berdych, the hard-hitting Canadian also has a triumph over the Spanish clay-court master under his belt during 2015, beating Nadal in the Indian Wells quarter finals.

Raonic’s frame and style of play doesn’t immediately lend itself to a deep run in Paris, but the addition of reliance to his zippy serve and better ground-strokes make him an attractive proposition for a strong showing.

Last year’s visit to the final eight was his best finish at the French so far, expect him to beat that this time around.

3) Kevin Anderson @ 250/1

A morbid failure to overcome competitors from the world’s top 10 has stopped the tall South African from really making a mark on this season.

Despite losing all four matches against the game’s elite though, Anderson has still managed to plot a path to the quarter finals or better in four of the nine tournaments he has featured in this term.

A gradual improvement each time he’s taken to the French Open clay suggests greater progression is worth a small investment at this price.

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

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Matt Wiggins

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