Day 5 of the French Open is on the horizon and it promises to be a right cracker with Nadal and Djokovic looking to take another step forward towards their potential quarterfinal date. Will they stay the course? Check out our tennis picks.
Nadal -1200 vs. Almagro +700
The first matchup that practically leaps of the page and that all tennis betting fans are sure to spot is the all-Spanish affair between nine-time champion and defending champion Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro. Obviously, Nadal enters this match as the heavy favourite at -1200 tennis odds, but Almagro did once give his compatriot something to think about when he beat him in Barcelona in three sets (2014). Granted it's one win for Almagro in 13 meetings and one that was followed by back-to-back wins by Nadal. Still, given how off-form Nadal has been on clay, conspicuously without a title during the clay court swing, Almagro just might fancy his chances as the +700 tennis odds. If the likes of Wawrinka, Fognini and Murray can beat Nadal on clay (all of which have losing records against the Spaniard), then Almagro might not be overly concerned about his 1-13 record. Point is Nadal is at his most vulnerable and Almagro is a dangerous floater worth the stake on your tennis picks. That said, for the sake of tournament, the highly anticipated, potential showdown between Nadal and Djokovic in the quarterfinals and for posterity, we're hoping Nadal does come through as the odds-on-favourite to win this match. It's not going to be an easy match though we assume, so look at the set betting markets where Nadal is a tempting +275 tennis pick to win in four sets and an even more tempting +750 tennis pick to win in five.
Tennis Picks: Nadal at -1200
Bonus Pick: Nadal in four at +275
Djokovic -20000 vs. Muller +3300
If we're looking at Nadal, we must also look at Djokovic's second round match. After all, the only thing anybody can talk about right now is the potential quarterfinal matchup between the pair next week; that is, if both do their part and all goes to plan according to the French Open draw in the next few rounds, beginning with this second round matchup.
By the odds makers, Djokovic is the prohibitive favourite to win outright at -20000 over Gilles Muller, who is trading at +3300 tennis odds. It's quite the lopsided tennis betting market, to say the least. Particularly, as it's barely supported by anything tangible.
Fact is: the pair have only played once before with Djokovic narrowly eking out the victory in three sets earlier this year at the Australian Open, 6-4, 7-5. 7-5 in the R16. One match is certainly not the measure of a head-to-head between players and, typically, wouldn't warrant such a one-sided tennis betting market.
Then again, we are talking about Djokovic. Only the undisputed No.1 player this season and the player to beat at the French Open. So therein lies the machinations behind the tennis odds.
However, Muller is a decidedly dangerous floater in Djokovic's path and a serious threat to his preordained French Open title winning run across sports betting platforms. The 32-year-old is a veteran and a tough competitor that seems to find his best on the big stage. If anything, he won't be a pushover. His serve is one of his biggest weapons and that allows him to play his opponents close.
Predicting the upset in this matchup would be quite bold, but the tennis odds are just too tempting to ignore when they are at such a high of +3300. Imagine cashing that bet! The likelihood of Gilles Muller winning is very slim, so if you're going to tickle his tennis odds to win this match don't bet the farm on it. Djokovic should win given his lofty standards and form. Maybe Muller takes a set off him, which is a nice +400 tennis pick to consider. Colour the world shocked if the upset does actually happen.
Tennis Picks: Djokovic in four sets at +400 at 5Dimes
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