French Open 2018 betting preview: Can Rafael Nadal win his 12th title?

World number one Rafael Nadal is looking to win his 12th French Open title

World No1 Rafael Nadal Photo: Marianne Bevis

Rafael Nadal is understandably the favourite to win the French Open next week.

The 31-year-old is currently ranked number one in the world following his resurgence after a string of injuries hampered the Spanish ace in recent years.

Nadal has lost just two of his 41 matches on clay courts in the past 24 months to underline his dominance on what is his favourite surface.

The 31-year-old will be gunning for a remarkable 12th French Open title and he emerged triumphant in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome to sit at No1 in the ATP Rankings above Roger Federer.

French open tennis betting odds have Nadal as comfortable favourite to win Roland Garros and continue his reign on clay courts.

Nadal managed to beat rising star Alexander Zverev in three sets at the Italian Open last weekend to make the ideal preparation for the French Open.

Zverev has now contested three 1000 Masters tournaments in 2018 to challenge Nadal and Federer at the top of the ATP rankings.

However, the 21-year-old has still to prove himself as a Grand Slam tournament despite his rise and rise on the tour.

His best performance was an appearance in round four of Wimbledon in 2017. Zverev has never made it past the third round at the French Open.

Another contender will of course be 20-time Major champion Federer.

The 36-year-old has only won the French Open on one previous occasion. Indeed, his sole success came in 2009 when he beat Nadal’s conqueror Robin Soderling in the Roland Garros final.

Federer has four more Grand Slam titles than Nadal but the Spaniard is five years his junior, so time is very much on Rafael’s side.

Another name to mention is Dominic Thiem.

He is progressing well at the Lyon Open ahead of the French Open to gear up for 2018’s second Grand Slam.

“It’s not a competition with Federer,” Nadal said in a recent interview with TGCom24.

“For me Federer has his own career, I have my own, Federer is fantastic for all the things he did and I think me too.

“We were good to keep a good relationship each other.

“It’s true that we played in many very important situations for both, (made up) of pressure, but the most important thing is that we understood that at the end it’s a game.”

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