Some of the big guns in the men's and women's French Open draw start their tilt at the title on Tuesday, William Hill's Lee Phelps has selected out his tennis picks for Day Three of Roland Garros.
The tennis is flowing at Roland Garros and I’m looking at three tennis picks for Tuesday’s action in Paris. The reigning champion’s opening match and two from the women’s draw.
Rafael Nadal vs. Quentin Halys
The defending champion and King of the French Open couldn’t have been handed a better opening match to begin rebuilding his clay court form, Halys is an 18 year old Frenchman who is ranked 296 in the world.
Nadal comes to France with five clay defeats already inflicted on him, which is the same as he lost in the entire 2013 and 2014 seasons. The manner of his defeats and the men who he has lost to are a worry. Fabio Fognini accounts for two of them, while Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray both won their first every clay match against the Spaniard. The other defeat was against Novak Djokovic.
His opponent has no chance of an upset here, but at a big price you have to look at whether he can push Nadal in the first set. For the heavy favourite to be pushed to seven games is priced at 7.0 (6/1) and I think it is worth the risk.
The safer way of playing this market is to wait until match starts and play over 9.5 games in the first set, but with only pre-match markets available I’m going to take a risk and hope the hometown player can be inspired, He has been involved in 11 sets with 12 or more games so far in his 24 clay matches this season so far.
Tennis Pick: Nadal to win seven games in the first set 7.0 (6/1)
Francesca Schiavone vs. Qiang Wang
The 34-year-old Italian has dropped 11 places in the world rankings and is now 92 in the world, with a clay record this season of one win and four defeats. The last one came against 182 in the world Virginie Razzano 6-2, 6-3. The other three were against top 100 players, but no-one as high as the top 20.
Wang broke the top 100 for the first time in 2014 and also started to make appearances in slams with a R16 in the US Open and a R128 at the Australian Open this season.
The Chinese player is priced at 2.75 (7/4) on tennis odds board, which isn’t quite big enough for me to play, however Schiavone at 1.4 (2/5) is unbackable. I’m expecting a competitive match and three sets is the play at 2.38 (13/8)
Tennis Pick: Three sets in the match 2.38 (13/8)
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Ekaterina Makarova vs. Teliana Pereira
The world number nine has lost to Irina-Camelia Begu, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alexandra Dulgheru so far this season on clay and hasn’t had a winning clay season on the main tour since 2011 when she went 5 and 4.
This is a tricky opener for the Russian too, with Teliana Pereira facing her from across the court. The Brazilian is at her highest ever ranking (76) and is 25 and 6 across both tours this season on clay.
On the WTA circuit she is 7 and 2 and boasts wins over Schiavone, Kaia Kanepi and Elina Svitolina and I think she could trouble Makarova here.
You can get 5.8 (24/5) on the top 10 player to lose the first set and still win, which I really like, but for a safer option three sets in the match looks a nice bet at 2.2 (6/5).
Tennis Pick: Three sets in the match 2.2 (6/5)