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Nadal 7/1 to win four big clay tournaments, including French Open

| 10.04.2013

Rafael Nadal does not possess the nickname the ‘King of Clay’ for nothing and a record which shows just 20 defeats on the surface in 286 matches since turning professional in 2001 speaks for itself.

His French Open record of one defeat in 52 matches is imperious and he returns this year bidding to win the Grand Slam at Roland Garros for the eighth time in nine years, which is an unparalleled streak of achievement, even dating back to the successes of Frenchman Max Decugis in the early part of the 20th century.

Nadal is 10/11 to win the French Open again, which looks a fine price, but punters wanting to chase enhanced profits may prefer the 7/1 that the Spaniard adds to the Grand Slam with victories in the upcoming three Masters series events on clay.

Somewhat strangely, this quadruple has only been achieved once by Nadal before in 2010, with his home tournament in Madrid the one that has tended to cause him problems.

In the four years that the Madrid Masters have been held outdoors on clay, Nadal has only secured one victory, losing two other finals in the process.

This may be the most tricky to win again, as it runs the following week directly after the Monte Carlo Masters, which may put some pressure on his dodgy knee.

Since returning from a seven-month break, Nadal has won his last 14 consecutive matches in three tournaments and as looked as good as ever on clay in landing both the Brasil Open and Mexico Open.

He has also won the Monte Carlo Masters for eight straight years and six of the last eight instalments of the Rome Masters, which he can prosper in again as there is a small break between Madrid and Italy.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



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.