Novak Djokovic is on the march to a career Grand Slam but will have to be wary

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will be looking to go one step further than he has in the past and lift the French Open title for the first time.

Seeded number one and going into the tournament on the back of five tournament wins in 2015 he is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

The World number one has looked imperious this year, winning the first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, as well as two clay court titles on the way to the red blaze of Roland Garros.

ATP French Open Outright Betting Odds:

Novak Djokovic 4/5

Rafael Nadal 3/1

Andy Murray 8/1

(All odds provided by are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Everyone will obviously have one eye on the ‘King of Clay’, Rafael Nadal as he enters the fold to try and capture an unprecedented 10th title at his home from home. Form would tell you that he won’t be there come the final few days after some tough matches, including a straight sets defeat to Britain’s Andy Murray. You would be foolish to rule him out though and the occasion may spur him on to dizzy heights even if he is not at his brilliant best.

Talking of Andy Murray, many might think that the Dunblane man could be the one to watch. He’s on a fantastic run since wedding Kim Sears but others will put it down to his link-up with Jonas Bjorkman. He’s won two clay court titles in the lead up and although he pulled out of Rome Masters through fatigue, some will see this is sensible as he lines up for the gruelling competition that he has a record of only two semi-final performances. Wins over Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Nadal will up his confidence and he is out to win.

You simply cannot dismiss the world number two and the winner of the most male Grand Slams in the Open Era. Roger Federer hasn’t won one of the big four titles since Wimbledon in 2012 and the 33-year-old still looks as sharp as ever but despite three tournament wins this year, it’ll be hard for him to win his second title in Paris, the first coming in 2009 but again, you’d have to be a fool to rule him out of the running. If it was a horse race, you’d have him at each-way.

Looking at the rankings, there are a lot of names you can’t rule out but it is very difficult to pinpoint someone who will be able to go all the way.

Kei Nishikori has been a big revelation on the tour over the past couple of years but it will be tough going for the Japanese World Number five.

Former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych may fancy a decent run after moving up to World number four but having Rafa Nadal seeded below his clay court pedigree will hamper those who have been performing well in 2015 so far, he could hurt them as early as the last 16.

The women’s draw is open to an extent but, for me, there are two players who will be fighting it out. Serena Williams continues to roll back the years but clay has never been her best surface. The American World number one has won just two titles here but the last one came just two years ago.

Maria Sharapova picked up the title last year with a straight sets win over Simona Halep and will be hoping that her ranking of two for the tournament will help her rack up her third French Open in four years.

Halep is one to watch. The Romanian is ranked third in the World and at 23, she should be coming to the peak of her powers. Winning Indian Wells will give her a boost going into this but her clay court form leaves a little to be desired.

Others to watch include the Spaniard Carle Suaraz Navarro, Eugenie Bouchard and 17th seed Sara Errani who has reached the final on one occasion.

It looks like it should be a final between the top two seeds but women’s tennis is never that simple.

Betting Instinct tip Maria Sharapova to retain her title is 4/1 with

Paul F avatar PAUL FISHER is a sports journalist primarily working with the CelticLIVE App. He has covered sports for a number  of years and is particularly interested in bowls. Follow him on Twitter.


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