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French Open Odds: Casper Ruud 10/1 to win first Grand Slam in Paris after Barcelona Open triumph

A first victory in an ATP 500 event for Casper Ruud has seen the Norwegian cut to 10/1 to win next month's French Open.

Ruud defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final of the Barcelona Open, running out a 7-5 6-3 victor to claim the biggest title of his career to date.

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Ruud gains Tsitsipas revenge

The world number six was broken early in the first set, but fought back well and wrapped it up when converting one of two set points.

Ruud then opened up a 4-1 lead in the second and eventually ended the Greek star's 10-match winning run in 91 minutes.

The 25-year-old gained revenge for last week's final defeat to Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo and admitted that it was the "biggest title" of his career to date.

Ruud said afterwards: "In the final in Monte-Carlo I was always on the back foot, too far behind, and he had too much time to control the game.

"It's been two long weeks for both of us. It's obvious that at some point fatigue is going to kick in. Winning the first set was huge probably for either of us."

The victory was Ruud's 11th ATP Tour title - his 10th on clay - but his first since April 2023, when he won the Estoril Open in Portugal.

Third time lucky in Paris?

Ruud's focus will now be on the second Grand Slam event of the year, with the French Open getting underway on Sunday 26th May.

The Norwegian has reached the last two finals in Paris - losing to Rafael Nadal in 2022 before going down to Novak Djokovic last year.

With fitness concerns surrounding 14-time French Open champion Nadal and Djokovic's form dip since the turn of the year, Ruud will feel now could be the time to end his Grand Slam drought.

The 2022 US Open runner-up has already beaten Djokovic in 2024 – claiming the world number one's scalp in Monte Carlo.

The big obstacle facing Ruud is Carlos Alcaraz, 13/8 for the French Open, who he is yet to beat in their four previous meetings.

Struff 80/1 for Paris success

At the same time that Ruud was collecting his victory in Barcelona, Jan-Lennard Struff was earning victory in the BMW Open in Munich.

The German fourth-seed defeated Taylor Fritz 7-5 6-3 in the final to claim his first ever ATP Tour title.

Struff is set to play in his 11th French Open tournament, with his previous best performance coming in 2019, when he made the fourth round.

The 33-year-old is 80/1 to lift the second Grand Slam of the year, while beaten finalist Fritz can be backed at 100/1.

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