The French Open gets underway on Sunday in Paris at Roland Garros and the draw just came out so we wanted to take look and see who is playing who, cuz that is a good way to get your futures bets down at America’s Bookie. A good tennis prognosticator can almost look at the opening draws and tell you who going to be in Quarterfinals and beyond.
There was talk of moving this tournament to another venue but that would be like tearing down Wrigley Field at this point cuz almost every tennis player who has played in Europe knows this place, as every tennis club in France, must play one money tournament a year and the place you have to go to get your French tennis license is at Roland Garros.
For the Men we of course have Djokovic as the top seed and in the first section. He really has nobody in the section into the quarterfinals at which point he may play David Ferrer, Juan Monaco or Tomas Berdych. I really don’t think Novak is “shaking in boots” at this point. He will be in the Semis barring something crazy happening.
In the next section he will meet some resistance. The one player that he didn’t want to see in that section is Rafael Nadal. Nadal could play Fognini in the 3rd round and the Italian always gives him problems. Then a really live dark horse in Thiem could be waiting the next round, then maybe David Goffin, or Tsonga after that. It won’t be easy for Rafa.
In the next section its wide open as we have guys like Raonic, Sock, and Cilic trying to make the quarters. It’s tough to say who gets through here, look for a dark horse in form. In the other quarter, in the first round there is great match between an unseeded Dimitrov and Troicki who could win and play Simon the 3rd round, with the winner getting defending champ Wawrinka in the 4th round.
Nishikori didn’t get a bad draw and except for Verdasco or Dogopolov who will meet in the first round, he should have an easy ride into the 4th round, where he may meet a little resistance from Kyrgios or Gasquet. Kei should hold his seed here.
Andy Murray sure got a good draw as the 2 best players in this section are big servers in Isner and Karlovic. Andy has straight shot into the quarters. The last time they played in Davis Cup Kei held his own but Murray should be a Semi Finalist.
So that give us a Semifinal of Murray vs. Wawrinka, no surprise there and Djokovic vs. the winner of Nadal’s section, and we really think that the guy who will surprise many people here is Dominic Thiem. You can bet him at odds of 40-1 to win this thing and maybe he’s got a chance. We feel however that after taking out Nadal, Djokovic will be fresh and find way into the Final where he will be playing an old nemesis of his in Wawrinka. Stan loves to play Novak and has the game to beat him so we like “Stan the Man” to repeat again this year at odds of 12-1.
For the Women the question is always “Will Serena win the tournament?” This is her least favorite surface, but has played well this spring. We can’t wait for her to play Ana Ivanovic in the 4th round, then she is seeded to meet Azarenka in the quarters, but this section also has Navarro and Cibulkova in it. It would obviously help Serena to have a few upsets in this section.
In the next section the top seed is Kerber but she is really is not your typical “clay court specialist”, we like Madison Keys to make the quarters here. Bacsinszky is the top seed on this side and anyone could be playing her in the quarters as players like Jankovic, Venus and Bouchard are in this section. Keys makes into the Semis Finals here.
On the bottom Vinci and Kvitova are seeded to meet in the 4th round with the winner playing against possibly Muguruza or Kuznetsova. We really like the Spaniard Muguruza to make the Semis here.
On the bottom bottom we have Simona Halep who is finally not seeded in the top 4 and that will take pressure off her. Radwanska is seed 2nd now and will her do her usual stroll late into the tourney as she almost does and then choke. Halep has great shot here.
The Semis should be Halep vs. Muguruza and Keys vs. Serena. Just for “shits and giggles” let’s say that Serena slips up. Navarro loves this surface, is a natural clay courter, and we feel that she can make splash here and even make it to the Finals. The odds on her are great at 32-1. So a small investment could pay very well here, cuz as long as Serena doesn’t win this thing, anyone like Navarro, Muguruza 10-1, Keys 30-1, or Halep 6-1 may be on their knees crying after the Final match.