Roland Garros is finally upon us for another year, and with the first few days of action having passed, it’s time to start looking at some potential future results for the second slam of the year.
Will Stan Warwinka be able to go all the way again? Will it finally be Novak Djokovic’s turn to win? Will Serena Williams win her fourth French Open?
Check out what odds we think each of those and more are to happen at Roland Garros 2016.
Someone stopping Novak Djokovic on his quest for the career slam - $9.50
Novak Djokovic is in insatiable form right now, as he has been for the last 12 months. He is the short price favourite to finally complete his career slam.
However, of the four men that have beaten him in the second week of this tournament, two of them remain – Rafael Nadal, and last years’ champion Stan Warwinka.
On the slower clay courts of Paris, Novak has shown to be undone in the past by men more powerful than him, such as the two listed above. Am I backing it to happen again this year? No.
An Australian making it to the fourth round - $8.50
Of all the Aussies that have come through the first round (Nick Kyrgios, Samantha Stosur, Bernard Tomic, Jordan Thompson) all are slated to come up against a higher seed by the third round, assuming all seeds win through.
Bernie is scheduled to meet Roberto Bautista Agut, Stosur to face Lucie Safarova, Thompson against Ivo Karlovic and Nick against Richard Gasquet, who has had the better of him three of their last four matches.
Oh, by the way, they’ll have to get to the third round first for this to even be a problem.
Andy Murray out in the semi-finals again - $6.50
As a Brit, Andy Murray is not particularly fond of clay. In fact, he has never made it to the final of the French slam, despite being to or winning all three others.
However, there is reason for optimism for Murray fans this year, as his latest title at Rome is only his third on clay out of 36 total. For Andy, this qualifies as “good” form on clay.
With one less giant to slay this year in Roger Federer, will Murray finally break through and make his first final at Roland Garros? Potentially, but I would still err on the side of “no”.
Someone from outside the top 10 making the semi-finals - $4.50
In the lead up to the French Open, we have seen some encouraging signs form both the mens’ and womens’ side tour outside the top 10 players in the world.
For the men, David Goffin (12), Dominic Theim (13) and Nick Kyrgios (19) are all at career-high rankings, as is Madison Keys (15) and Johanna Konta (17) for the women.
These five, along with many others from the 10-25 range are a great chance to upset a top seed and make their first appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final in one of the deepest fields in recent memory.