Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 22 May 2010

Rafael Nadal set to Rule Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal has hit form at the right time prior to the start of the French Open on Sunday. The world number 2 is 15-0 on clay this season, winning all 3 ATP 1000 events as his winning streak looks to continue at Roland Garros when he aims to bring back the crown.

Roger Federer won last year's French Open title, defeating Robin Soderling in straight sets in last years final. Nadal had been eliminated in round 4 by the Swede, with his knee problems and fatigue being the main contributing factor. The Spaniard never won another title all year as Roger Federer went on to claim Wimbledon and restore his world number 1 spot where he remains today.

With points on offer here for Rafael Nadal and several at Wimbledon where he did not compete last year, the Spaniard could soon be back on top of the pile. He's dropped just 2 sets from his fifteen matches so far; one in each of his victories over Ernests Gulbis and Nicolas Almagro. While he remains healthy, there is no one that can beat Rafael Nadal in five set matches on clay playing like this. His odds reflect this, as 2/5 favourite to win his fifth Roland Garros title.

Rafael Nadal could potentially face Fernando Verdasco or Nicolas Almagro in the quarter final, David Ferrer or Novak Djokovic in the semi final and Roger Federer in the final. Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer are both playing well on clay currently, but taking three sets off the king doesn't look like happening. Roger Federer has won just two of twelve matches against Rafael Nadal on clay and losing all three previous French Open finals to the Spaniard.

Be sure to check out our French Open tennis betting tips this week.

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