Murray can overcome back pain to lead French Open accumulator

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Andy Murray may be suffering with a troublesome back injury, but he can continue the fighting spirit that saw him beyond Jarkko Nieminen to lead home our 20/1 French Open accumulator.

Beating Santiago Giraldo would normally be a breeze for Murray, as he proved in Barcelona earlier in the clay court season when securing a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Although injured, Murray has the likes of Jim Courier, Boris Becker and Virginia Wade to prove wrong and the desire to do so should see him continue his charge at Roland Garros.

If Murray does win, he will meet the victor of the clash between Richard Gasquet and Tommy Haas next, with the Frenchman liable to triumph in his home Grand Slam.

However, the game may be close, with each of the last two meetings between the pair requiring a fifth set.

The third-round clash between Milos Raonic and Juan Monaco is another that threatens to be a classic, with preference for the former assuming that he can sort out his serve.

Janko Tipsarevic has already dumped one home player out of the French Open, but Julien Benneteau can cause a shock to avoid following in the footsteps of Jeremy Chardy.

Benneteau already has a French Open victory over Tipsarevic to his name and is generally solid on clay.

Our only pick from the women’s side of the draw is 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who warmed up for Roland Garros with tournament victory in Strasbourg.

She was fairly poor earlier in the season when losing to French Open opponent Varvera Lepchenko, but can make amends here.

French Open selections

Richard Gasquet to beat Tommy Haas @ 3/10
Andy Murray to beat Santiago Giraldo @ 1/3
Francesca Schiavone to beat Varvara Lepchenko @ 1/2
Milos Raonic to beat Juan Monaco @ 10/11
Julien Benneteau to beat Janko Tipsarevic @ 3/1

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.