French Open 2018 Betting Preview: Dominic Thiem looks a decent value each way bet at French Open
Men’s Singles Outright – Dominic Thiem (each way) @ 16/1 (17.00) with BoyleSports
The French Open at Roland Garros in París began on Sunday, with Rafael Nadal a red hot favourite to defend his title in the Men’s singles and secure what would be an astonishing 11th French title. It’s certainly difficult to back against the 31 year-old, who has won an incredible 79 of his 81 matches at Roland Garros.
The likelihood of the Spaniard maintaining his continued dominance in Paris is further enhanced by the absence of long-term rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray, while Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have both struggled to overcome injury problems of late. Indeed Wawrinka’s French Open 2018 is already over after he suffered a first round exit.
Can anyone stop Nadal?
The main threat to Nadal this year is likely to come from the younger generation, particularly Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem, both of whom (alongside Djokovic) are in the other half of the draw to Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros.
At 21 years of age, there are huge expectations of Zverev and the German has already won clay court titles in Munich and Madrid in 2018. Meanwhile the 24 year-old Austrian Thiem can boast three career wins on clay over Nadal, including in Madrid earlier this month (before going on to be beaten by Zverev).
Both players eased through their first round matches with few problems, with Zverev cruising past the Lithuanian world number 92 Ricardas Berankis for the loss of just four games, winning in an hour and 11 minutes 6-1 6-1 6-2. Next up for Zverev is Dusan Lajovic.
Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem was almost equally dominant in seeing off Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 6-2 6-4 6-1. Thiem will now face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, ranked 39th in the world.
French Open Tennis Tip:
There are plenty of potentially tough matches en route to the final, but given his fondness for clay (a semi-finalist in Paris in both 2016 and 2017) and his ability to actually compete with and sometimes beat Nadal, Thiem looks a decent French Open bet at 16/1 (17.00) with BoyleSports, who offer 1/3 the odds for a place in the final. Alternatively you can get 1/2 the odds at 12/1 with William Hill.