As the French Open reaches the fourth round stage, a number of intriguing bouts are scheduled to take place, with two figures of tennis royalty set to take to the Roland Garros courts on Monday.
Despite Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic appearing shoo-ins to prevail from their respective bouts with Kei Nishikori and Philipp Kohlschreiber though, punters can hardly get rich by capitalising on their 1/33 odds to succeed.
Therefore, Ladbrokes customers look better served focusing on the two lower profile matches on the day, and value can be found in each of the fixtures featuring more evenly-matched competitors.
Firstly, we expect Stanislas Wawrinka to reverse form with Richard Gasquet, who emerged victorious from their sole prior meeting via a 2-0 margin.
Wawrinka, 4/5 favourite to simply beat 1/1 Gasquet, will appreciate the opportunity to square off with the Frenchman on a clay court, a surface he has won his past three matches on via a combined margin of five sets.
And having won the first set of his first three French Open outings this year before going on to triumph, Wawrinka looks a worthy 11/8 shot to continue that trend here.
Backing Mikhail Youzhny to achieve the same feat may prove wise also, with the Russian a slightly longer 6/4 to turn a first-leg lead into an overall success opposing Tommy Haas.
Youzhny, 10/11 to victor by any means, has won three of the past four meetings of this pair, the last of which came on a clay court, and his straight-sets disposal of Janko Tipsarevic to reach this stage of the competition will ensure he enters this bout brimming with confidence.
For the reasons outlined, Wawrinka and Youzhny would appear to have the most profit-making scope in Monday’s clashes, and backing the pair to transform a first-set advantage into victory pays out at only a shade under 5/1 as a double.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.