Rafael Nadal’s victory at the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros was the latest chapter in a love affair with the clay court Grand Slam that has seen him win eight of the last nine tournaments.
Such has been his dominance in Paris, he can be backed at just 8/1 to avoid defeat at the tournament for the remainder of his career.
Nadal has now won the French Open more times than any other Open-era player, but he remains tied for the most prolific Roland Garros winner of all time with Max Decugis, who racked up eight successes during the pre-1925 French-players-only period.
This should nonetheless provide extra motivation for the man from Majorca. Betting on how many more French Open titles he’ll win during his career has nine or 10 as joint favourites at 5/2.
Andre Agassi is the oldest slam-winner this millennium, taking the 2003 Australian Open at the age of 33. With Nadal now 27 this would – in theory – give him another five years in which to harvest more titles from the Roland Garros dirt – it’s 8/1 that the clock stops on 12 career French Open titles.
His latest success in Paris also bumped him further up the all-time Grand Slam winners’ list, with the Spaniard now joint-third with Australian Roy Emerson on 12 titles.
Pete Sampras – second on the honour roll with 14 titles – is eminently within reach, but Roger Federer is still some five titles clear of Nadal on 17. The Majorcan’s injury issues mean that he won’t be taking toppling the Swiss maestro’s total for granted.
Nadal has been cut to 3/1 from 10/3 for Wimbledon glory, with Novak Djokovic – who pushed the former all the way in the French Open semis – the 15/8 favourite.
The Spaniard has reached the final in five of the last six London tournaments in which he’s taken part, yet with only two wins in that period he’s a far more mortal proposition on the Wimbledon lawns.
It’s 12/1 that he can add the Wimbledon and US Open titles to his French crown this year. His record at Flushing Meadows is improving too, having reached the final in the last two in which he’s taken part.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.