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French Open day 15 preview: Novak Djokovic bidding to make history

The 2023 French Open reaches a conclusion on Sunday with the men's final where Novak Djokovic will attempt to win a historic 23rd Grand Slam singles title, one more than his great rival Rafael Nadal.

Read all our daily previews on this year's French Open.

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French Open Preview - Day 13
French Open Preview - Day 14

Djokovic will face Norway's Casper Ruud, who is bidding to go one better than he did when beaten by Nadal last season, while doubles action also takes place with the women's final.

Super Serb on the verge of 23rd Grand Slam crown

WhatMen's French Open final: Novak Djokovic v Casper Ruud
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 14:00, Sunday 11th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsNovak Djokovic 2/9, Casper Ruud 7/2

The odds suggest that Djokovic will win a third French Open crown, with the supreme Serb just 2/9 to claim a record-breaking 23rd men's Grand Slam singles title when he walks onto court in Paris on Sunday. 

There have been bumps along the way for Djokovic, who went into the tournament under a bit of a cloud following an elbow injury and a poor clay-court campaign. 

However, as has been the case for so long, he found his best tennis just when he needed it most. 

The 36-year-old won his first four French Open matches in straight sets but things were not as straightforward against Karen Khachanov, who won the first set and pushed Djokovic to a second-set tiebreak before the Serb's relentless consistency turned the contest around. 

Djokovic ran out a 4-6 7-6 6-2 6-4 winner over Khachanov, teeing up a titanic semi-final with tournament favourite Carlos Alcaraz and for a short while, that much-anticipated contest delivered as the two traded blows in the opening two sets. 

However, disaster struck for Alcaraz, the Spaniard cramping all over his body and effectively forfeiting the next two sets 6-1 6-1, allowing Djokovic to advance to a 34th Grand Slam final and a shot at number 23. 

Djokovic's Slam final record is formidable. He's won 10 of his last 12 final appearances and five of them in straight sets, an outcome which can be backed at 6/4 on Sunday, but he was pushed to five sets in his last French Open final appearance, coming from two down to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2021. 

That never-say-die attitude has been the hallmark of Djokovic's career and certainly spells bad news for Ruud, who has failed to win any of their previous four meetings and is yet to take a set off the Serb, including in two clay clashes at the Italian Open (2020 and 2022).

Ruud aiming to make up for the mistakes of 2022 

As well as having to overcome a daunting head-to-head record against arguably the best to have ever played the game, Ruud must also exorcise the demons of last year, where he went down tamely against Nadal in his first Grand Slam final appearance. 

The Norwegian has since reached the US Open final, losing out to Alcaraz, so it's fair to say he's served his Grand Slam final apprenticeship, but is he ready to win against an opponent like Djokovic? 

Best-of-five tennis tends to separate the greats from the pretenders and Ruud has to prove that he doesn't fall into the latter category, and there is evidence so far that he does - he was totally starstruck against Nadal with many observing that he was beaten before the match. 

However, Ruud has more experience under his belt now and his performances in the French capital this year have been impressive, with his last three wins coming over in-form Nicolas Jarry, rising star Holger Rune, who was admittedly jaded after a marathon fourth-round match, and a resurgent Alexander Zverev. 

Ruud dropped just one set across those three outings - against Rune - so he should at least be relatively fresh because he's going to have to go seriously deep if he's to stand a chance of winning the title. 

Facing both a physical and psychological challenge, Ruud looks on the short side at 7/2 but there is no doubt he is capable of at least making this into a match, just as Tsitsipas did two years ago.

New duos bidding for French Open glory

WhatWomen's doubles final: S Hsieh/X Wang v L Fernandez/T Townsend
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 12:00, Sunday 11th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsFernandez/Townsend 4/6, Hsieh/Wang 6/5

While the men's doubles final featured two established pairings, the women's final will be contested by two relatively new partnerships with Leylah Fernandez and Taylor Townsend the 4/6 favourites against Su-Wei Hsieh and Xinyu Wang.  

Former US Open singles runner-up Fernandez teamed up with Townsend for the first time in Indian Wells and the pair quickly gelled as a team, reaching the final of the Miami Open and then the semi-finals in Madrid. 

They defeated the top-class all-US team of Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula in the semi-finals and look like the right favourites against Hsieh and Wang, who are playing in only their second doubles tournament as a duo.

French Open Preview - Day 14

The women's French Open reaches its conclusion on Saturday afternoon as world number one and two-time champion Iga Swiatek lines up in another Parisian final, this time against Czech underdog Karolina Muchova.

Following the women's final, there is also men's doubles action taking place with Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek taking on Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.

Polish star remains the one to beat in three-peat bid

WhatWomen's French Open final: Iga Swiatek v Karolina Muchova
WhereParis, France
When14:00, Saturday 10th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 2/15, Karolina Muchova 6/1

Iga Swiatek was odds-on to retain the women's French Open title before a ball was struck in Paris and the Polish star is now just 2/15 to claim a third clay-court crown and a fourth Grand Slam in total. 

The dominant force in women's tennis over the last couple of seasons, Swiatek has been at her very best on the slow courts of the French capital, where she boasts an impressive 27-2 career winning record - a tally which can almost be described as Nadal-esque. 

Swiatek, who idolised the King of Clay growing up, remains a long way off Nadal's 14 French Open singles titles but the odds suggest she is about to bag a third and Muchova, while clearly in excellent form herself, might struggle to stop the 22-year-old. 

Warsaw native Swiatek has had a mixed season, with injuries forcing her to skip the Miami Open and then again forcing a retirement in Rome, but she has a knack of finding both form and fitness on the biggest stages, helped by having a game with so few weaknesses. 

Swiatek has seen off Cristina Bucsa, Claire Liu, Wang Xinyu, Lesia Tsurenko, Coco Gauff and Beatriz Haddad Maia - all in straight sets - to reach this stage, and she's just 1/2 to win the final by a 2-0 scoreline. 

She did, however, have to battle to defeat Haddad Maia, who had real opportunities to win the second set, leading by a break at one stage and looking likely to force a decider when she led 5-3 in the tiebreak. 

However, if Swiatek turns up at her best, as she did in both the 2020 and 2022 finals where she dropped a combined nine games in victories over Sofia Kenin and Coco Gauff, she will prove extremely difficult to beat. 

That dominance is borne out in her match odds but also in the handicap markets, where Swiatek is just 8/11 giving up 5.5 games to Muchova.

Battle-hardened Muchova bidding for another upset 

While the prices might suggest this is all about one woman, Karolina Muchova is bidding to defy her underdog tag once again having already dumped out world number two Aryna Sabalenka in a pulsating semi-final on Thursday. 

The Czech is no stranger to adversity. A year ago, she broke down in tears after sustaining an ankle injury on these very courts and doctors told her she might have to retire from the sport. Twelve months on, she's in a French Open final. 

Muchova, currently ranked 43rd on the WTA Tour but about to assume a career-high ranking regardless of the result of the final, displayed that determination to silence the doubters again when coming from behind to win her semi-final match. 

Sabalenka led 5-2 in the third set but Muchova refused to give up, rattling off five straight games and saving match point to shock the Australian Open champion. 

At 6/1, she'll need all those battling qualities to see off Swiatek, but the head-to-head record does favour the Czech, who won their only previous WTA meeting on clay in Prague in 2019 and beat her in an exhibition on a home hard court in July 2020 as well. 

Swiatek was not the force she is now, but Muchova should derive plenty of confidence both from those performances and her efforts in Paris over the last fortnight, and it wouldn't be a huge surprise were she to win at least a set at 6/4.

Men's doubles title also up for grabs on Saturday

WhatIvan Dodig/Austin Krajicek v Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 15:30, Saturday 10th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsIvan Dodig/Austin Krajicek 4/7, Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen 11/8

Following the women's singles final, the men's doubles final takes place with Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek the 4/7 favourites to defeat the all-Belgian duo of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who are on offer at 11/8

Veteran Dodig has been here twice before, partnering with Marcelo Melo to defeat the Bryan brothers in the 2015 French Open final then reaching the same stage alongside Krajicek last season, losing out to Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer. 

This is uncharted territory for regular partners Gille and Vliegen, who had only once reached one previous Grand Slam quarter-final as a team before heading to Paris. 

The Belgians have also lost both previous meetings with Dodig and Krajicek, including at the 2022 French Open, which suggests the more experienced duo fully deserve favouritism.

French Open Preview - Day 13

Carlos Alcaraz is 4/6 to win his first French Open - and his second Grand Slam singles trophy - after ousting Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the quarter-finals and the others look to have it all to do to stop the brilliant young Spaniard.

With Rafael Nadal reportedly close to hanging up his boots, Carlos Alcaraz looks well placed this year to keep the French Open men's trophy in Spain.

The Murcian, who won his first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open last September, is 4/6 to lift the main silverware on the Paris clay.

Dual French Open champion Novak Djokovic, who Alcaraz meets in the last four, is 11/5 second-favourite then it's 8/1 about Alexander Zverev and 10/1 Casper Ruud.

The two outsiders meet in the second semi-final which looks a potentially close tussle.

Alcaraz should have too much for two-time champion

WhatCarlos Alcaraz v Novak Djokovic
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 13:45, Friday 9th June 2023
How to watchBet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 4/9, Novak Djokovic 7/4

Alcaraz looks ready to seal French Open glory for the first time after a string of scintillating performances in his last three outings in Paris.

The top-seeded Murcian dropped a set against Taro Daniel in round two but has since dispatched seeds Denis Shapovalov, Lorenzo Musetti and, in particular, in clinical fashion to set up a last-four meeting with Djokovic

Alcaraz showed he was ready to dominate the tennis world with his US Open triumph in New York in late summer last year, but a right leg injury forced him to miss the Australian Open in January.

However, the 20-year-old is bang on course to make it two titles in as many Slams contested with his silk-smooth run through to the Paris semis and, with Nadal on the verge of retiring and Djokovic aged 36, a changing of the guard looks imminent.

Title triumphs this year in Buenos Aires, the Indian Wells Masters, Barcelona and the Madrid Masters have helped to propel Alcaraz to the number one ranking and he looks to be backing up that promise nicely in the Slams.

Experience may not save Djokovic on this occasion

Djokovic showed in Melbourne earlier this year that he's still the one to beat in the Australian Open, but he may have to wait until Wimbledon to pull clear of Nadal in their Slam singles titles chase.

Both players are on 22 triumphs and with Nadal apparently close to retirement, Djokovic has a major opportunity to single-handedly take that record.

The super Serb and long-time world number one has dropped only one set on the Paris clay this year - against Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals.

But he has been taken to tiebreaks in all but one of his matches at the French Open and Djokovic is likely to come under a barrage of fire in his semi-final.

The fact that Nadal is not competing in the French capital this year is a big plus for Djokovic, but it's just possible that Alcaraz is now playing better tennis on clay than either of the seasoned legends could possibly muster.

Ruud aiming to go one better than last year

WhatCasper Ruud v Alexander Zverev
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 13:45, Friday 9th June 2023
How to watchBet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsCasper Ruud EVS, Alexander Zverev 4/5

Ruud was thrashed in the French Open final by Nadal last year but the Norwegian, who is even-money to reach the final, fully deserves his place in the last four of this year's clay marathon.

He showed he is still superior to Holger Rune with a four-set victory over the talented Dane in the quarter-finals, but Ruud may need to find more to deny the resurgent Alexander Zverev in the last four.

Ruud has been more consistent this year than the German, though, so may have enough fluidity to triumph. He has won 16 of his 27 matches this season, a higher win-loss rate than Zverev's.

He also made the US Open final last year so is making a decent fist of attacking the top brass on all fronts. But punters should beware because Zverev is physically larger and stronger than Ruud and will look to overpower his opponent.

Zverev is a slight favourite to defeat Ruud, so with a close match anticipated, an interest on their semi-final to last for five sets is worth having at 2/1.

Zverev may be close to being back to his best

Zverev would be capable of troubling Ruud if back to his best following a long recovery with a foot injury sustained during last season's clay campaign.

And the fact that the powerful German looks to be playing his best tennis of the season in Paris suggests the second semi-final rumble could be a nip-and-tuck affair, possibly with the protagonists each winning two of the first four sets contested.

Zverev leads their personal series 2-1, but all of their previous matches were on hard courts.

In terms of progression, Ruud has troubled Zverev more with each meeting and he won their last clash last year, the first time he won at least one set against his opponent.

In Zverev's favour is the fact that he now looks a lot more settled on the clay than arguably used to be the case. He was patience personified in the last eight against Tomas Etcheverry.

However, Zverev, a 4/5 chance to reach the final, may need to go on the attack more if he is to deny Ruud a place in the final.

Ruud is becoming a master at saving his best form for the Slams and the German has to prove he once again belongs near the sport’s pinnacle.

French Open Preview - Day 12

World number one Swiatek overcame world number two Sabalenka to claim silverware in Stuttgart in April before the roles were reversed only two weeks later in Madrid with the Belarusian this time crowned champion.

With Swiatek up against Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia in her semi-final and Sabalenka set to take on Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic, it is expected that they will meet again for the French Open title.

Swiatek is the defending champion in Paris and the Pole is 2/5 to claim her third French Open title in the last four years, while Sabalenka is 9/4 to follow up her Australian Open victory earlier in the campaign.

It is 16/1 that Muchova springs a surprise while it's 22/1 for Haddad Maia to lift her first Major title.

Swiatek should make light work of Brazilian

WhatIga Swiatek v Beatriz Haddad Maia
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 10:00am, Thursday 8th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 1/12, Beatriz Haddad Maia 7/1

Swiatek has won the French Open in two of the last three seasons and many believe the Polish phenomenon can dominate the clay-court Grand Slam much like Rafael Nadal has done in the men's event. 

The 22-year-old has a long way to go before comparisons with 14-time French Open hero Nadal can be struck, but she is on her way and looks on the verge of another Parisian final. 

Swiatek has barely broken sweat on her way to the final four, easing to four straight-sets successes, while fourth-round opponent Lesia Tsurenko retired when trailing 5-1 in the opening set. 

The world number one was provided with her toughest test yet in the quarter-final by Coco Gauff, who had been runner-up to the Pole on Court Philippe Chatrier in 2022. 

Even so, Swiatek ran out a ready enough 6-4 6-2 winner and, if anything, this semi-final test looks easier. 

Haddad Maia could be jaded

That's no disrespect to Haddad Maia, who is well deserving of her spot after coming from a set down to stun seventh seed Ons Jabeur in her quarter-final clash. 

However, that was the Brazilian's fourth straight match to go to a deciding set and she has spent nearly 13 hours on court compared to five-and-a-half for Swiatek. 

That won't help her chances, especially given the world number one has yet to drop a set and lost a total of only 14 games across her four completed matches. 

Haddad Maia has won the only previous meeting between the pair but that clash came on a hard court in Toronto last year and repeating the feat on clay looks an improbable task. 

With that in mind, backing Swiatek to prevail in a game featuring under 18.5 games at 10/11 could be the way to go. 

That bet would have won in all of her completed matches in Paris this season.

Big-hitting Sabalenka can stamp her class

WhatKarolina Muchova v Aryna Sabalenka
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 10:00am, Thursday 8th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsKarolina Muchova 5/2, Aryna Sabalenka 3/10

Sabalenka won her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January and the Belarusian should still have high hopes of following up in Paris. 

It was believed that clay was Sabalenka's most vulnerable surface but she has proven just as effective on it, winning 14 of her 16 matches during this clay campaign. 

That includes a title triumph in Madrid, where she lowered the colours of fierce rival Swiatek in the final, and a runner-up effort in Stuttgart, where she found only the Pole too good. 

The Belarusian has lived up to her world ranking of number two in the French capital, winning all five of her matches in straight sets. 

While she has perhaps profited from a generous route to the final four, the recent scalps of in-form duo Sloane Stephens and Elina Svitolina read particularly well. 

Stephens tends to save herself for clay nowadays and did finish runner-up in Paris in 2018, while Svitolina, having recently returned to the WTA Tour after giving birth, is a former world number three and had recently won a title in Strasbourg. 

Sabalenka should have too much

Muchova is another rejuvenated opponent with the Czech 26-year-old featuring in a semi-final of a Grand Slam for the first time since reaching that feat at the Australian Open in 2019. 

But Muchova’s first-round win over world number eight Maria Sakkari is her only victory over a top-ten performer this season, and Sabalenka is of a different mould to the Greek girl. 

The Belarusian is all-out attack and while that style of play comes with its dangers, when she is in the groove it makes her almost impossible to thwart. 

The brute power of Sabalenka gives her a significant advantage so Muchova will have to serve exceptionally well and may need to even post a career-best performance. 

Sabalenka has won 34 of the 39 matches she has contested this season, winning 14 of her 16 encounters on the clay. 

Of those 14 wins, 11 have been recorded in straight sets, which includes all five matches in Paris, and at 5/6 that looks the likely scenario in this semi-final.

French Open Preview - Day 11

The French Open quarter-finals continue on Wednesday where the highlight is arguably the all-Scandinavian clash between Denmark's Holger Rune and Norway's Casper Ruud, who both have realistic designs on winning a first Grand Slam title in Paris. 

That's the marquee contest from the bottom half of a men's draw which also pits a resurgent Alexander Zverev against surprise quarter-finalist Tomas Martin Etcheverry. 

The two remaining women's quarter-finals also look set to be high-quality affairs, headlined by a repeat of the 2022 final between Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff. 

The match between Ons Jabeur and Beatriz Haddad Maia completes the Wednesday singles action.

Ruud ready to gain revenge on jaded Rune

WhatHolger Rune v Casper Ruud
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 10:00am, Wednesday 7th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsHolger Rune 1/1, Casper Ruud 4/5

This meeting between Holger Rune and Casper Ruud is a rematch of last season's French Open quarter-final, which Ruud would win 6-1 4-6 7-6 6-3 before going on to lose to Rafael Nadal in the final. 

The Norwegian has held sway in the majority of their previous matches, leading the head-to-head 4-1 over his less experienced rival, but Rune has steadily been narrowing the gap and won their most recent clash in last month's Italian Open semi-final. 

All that points to a potential blockbuster and there's little between them in the betting with Ruud just about edging it at 4/5 and Rune the narrow 1/1 underdog. 

While Rune was triumphant in Rome, the Dane still lacks best-of-five experience, winning in five sets for the first time on Monday in a pulsating last-16 victory over Francisco Cerundolo which went to a deciding tiebreak and really could've gone either way. 

That contest took a lot out of Rune, who looked jaded throughout, and while Ruud also had to work hard to defeat in-form Nicolas Jarry, the Norwegian still managed to close that match out in straight sets. He should be fresher for what could be a brutal contest. 

Zverev aiming to put an end to Argentinian's run

WhatAlexander Zverev v Tomas Martin Etcheverry
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 10:00am, Wednesday 7th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsAlexander Zverev 1/3, Tomas Martin Etcheverry 12/5

One of the stories of the French Open so far has been the resurgence of Alexander Zverev and the German is now the 13/8 favourite to reach the final from the bottom half of the men's draw. 

A former world number two, Zverev's ability has never been in question but he had struggled with injury problems which ruled him out of the second half of last season and it's generally been a long road back to the top. 

But he's turned on the style in Paris, producing excellent performances to beat Lloyd Harris, Alex Molcan, Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov, and he's just 1/3 to see off surprise package Tomas Martin Etcheverry in their first meeting on any surface. 

Etcheverry only earned his first Grand Slam main-draw win at the 2023 Australian Open and now he's racked up four in a row in the French capital. 

While Zverev deserves to be favourite, Etcheverry is yet to drop a set at the French Open and his big serve and dangerous forehand should ensure he stays competitive. Zverev to win and both players to win a set could appeal at 13/10.

One-sided head-to-head favours prolific Pole

WhatIga Swiatek v Coco Gauff
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 10:00am, Wednesday 7th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 1/12, Coco Gauff 7/1

Iga Swiatek tends to dominate most head-to-head records and Coco Gauff has found life particularly tough against the world number one, failing to win a set in six previous meetings with the Pole. 

These two have faced off twice on clay, Swiatek winning 7-6 6-3 in Rome in 2021 before a dominant 6-1 6-3 victory in last season's French Open final, so Gauff knows just how big a task she faces. 

While Swiatek's 2023 season has not been quite as serene with a few injury niggles forcing her out of Rome and Miami, she made easy progress in three completed Paris matches before Lesia Tsurenko's fourth-round retirement gifted her a spot in the quarter-finals. 

Gauff has been playing well but this is comfortably her toughest test - as odds of 1/12 about Swiatek illustrate. Expect the Pole to ease to victory.

Brazilian could push Jabeur all the way

WhatBeatriz Haddad Maia v Ons Jabeur
WhereParis, France
WhenFrom 10:00am, Wednesday 7th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsBeatriz Haddad Maia 11/5, Ons Jabeur 4/11

Ons Jabeur is back firing on all cylinders and the two-time Grand Slam runner-up is the 4/11 favourite to see off Beatriz Haddad Maia, who returns to action following a marathon contest against Sara Sorribes Tormo in the fourth round. 

Haddad Maia was on court for three hours and 51 minutes against the Spaniard, while her quarter-final opponent needed just 64 minutes to dismiss Bernarda Pera, so fitness could favour Jabeur in this one. 

Haddad Maia has shown she has the appetite for a scrap but Jabeur was a comfortable 6-3 6-0 winner in their only previous clay meeting in Stuttgart in April, and she's seemingly in better form now with matches under her belt. Jabeur to win 2-0 catches the eye at 11/10.

French Open Preview - Day 10

Alcaraz won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open last season and has high hopes of following up in the French capital, but cannot underestimate the challenge of the Greek world number five.

The other men's quarter-final taking place on Tuesday sees 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic come up against Karen Khachanov.

There are also two last-eight encounters to look forward to in the women's draw as second seed Aryna Sabalenka locks horns with Elina Svitolina and Karolina Muchova meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Alcaraz to lay down title marker

WhatCarlos Alcaraz v Stefanos Tsitsipas
WhereParis, France
When10:00, Tuesday 6th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 1/5, Stefanos Tsitsipas 7/2

In the absence of King of Clay Rafael Nadal, who has won the French Open on 14 occasions, Spanish hopes are resting on the shoulders of world number one Carlos Alcaraz.

It is so far so good for the 20-year-old from Murcia, who appears to be going from strength to strength as he chases a second Grand Slam crown after last season's heroics at the US Open.

Alcaraz had dropped a set in his second-round win over Taro Daniel but normal service was resumed against Denis Shapovalov and Lorenzo Musetti, both of whom were beaten in straight sets and managed to get only seven games on the board.

Alcaraz is 1/5 to take care of Tsitsipas and although those quotes look skinny enough against a former French Open runner-up, they are completely justified.

The world number one has won all four meetings between the pair, which includes a 6-3 6-4 triumph on the clay of Barcelona at the end of April.

Alcaraz should prevail, but it is unlikely to be a straightforward task given two of those four victories over the Greek star went to a deciding set.

Especially given Tsitsipas also appears to be operating at the peak of his powers and has dropped only one set across his four tournament wins.

However, his route to the quarter-final has been more generous as world number 57 Roberto Carballes Baena is the highest-ranked player he has had to face.

Punters looking for value should side with Alcaraz to win but Tsitsipas to claim a set, which is available at 6/5.

Determined Djokovic to maintain his dominance

WhatNovak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov
WhereParis, France
When10:00, Tuesday 6th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsNovak Djokovic 1/12, Karen Khachanov 7/1

Two-time French Open champion Djokovic has made serene progress into the quarter-final in Paris and the super Serb can showcase his title credentials against Karen Khachanov.

Khachanov is starting to find greater consistency in the Grand Slam events and is chasing a third consecutive Major semi-final.

However, the Russian has lost each of his last nine encounters with the 22-time Grand Slam champion and is expected to be readily outclassed.

Khachanov has had to dig deep to get this far, having gone to a deciding set in his opening clash with Constant Lestienne and also dropping sets in wins over Thanasi Kokkinakis and Lorenzo Sonego.

And that spells trouble for him against a determined Djokovic, who has eased into the quarter-final courtesy of four straight-sets victories.

Odds of 1/12 highlight the formality the bookmakers are expecting and at 4/5 Djokovic is worth backing to record another 3-0 victory.

The Serb has recorded straight-sets victories in nine of his meetings with Khachanov, which includes their two previous encounters in Grand Slam events.

Hard-hitting Sabalenka to show her strengths

WhatElina Svitolina v Aryna Sabalenka
WhereParis, France
When10:00, Tuesday 6th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsElina Svitolina 10/3, Aryna Sabalenka 2/9

Former world number three Svitoliva is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence, but the Ukrainian star may be stopped in her tracks by second seed Sabalenka.

Svitolina, featuring in her ninth Grand Slam quarter-final, has experience on her side, but in Sabalenka she faces a player that possesses all the weapons needed to be a multiple Major champion.

The Belarusian got her first taste of Grand Slam glory at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year and has translated that form to the clay, winning 13 of her 15 matches on the slower surface this season.

Sabalenka is one of the few to have stopped world number one Iga Swiatek on clay when winning in the final in Madrid in May and has looked hungry for more success in Paris.

The hard-hitting 25-year-old has won all four of her matches in straight-sets, which includes against the in-form Sloane Stephens last time out.

Svitolina has won her last eight assignments but, having claimed a long overdue title in Strasbourg in preparation for Paris, has had a hectic schedule to contend with.

The Ukrainian also hasn't come up against a player of Sabalenka's calibre on her recent run of results.

It is understandable that Sabalena is 2/9 to book her ticket in the semi-final, but she may do so a shade cosily, with a 2-0 win the recommendation at 8/11.

French Open Preview - Day 9

The quarter-final line-up in both the men's and women's draw will be confirmed following the conclusion of Monday's play and Polish phenomenon Iga Swiatek is expected to be still standing strong in Paris.

The women's world number one is the defending French Open champion and after three straight-sets successes it is no surprise to see her at 8/15 to follow up last season's triumph.

There are some mouth-watering encounters set to take place in the men's event with last season's runner-up Casper Ruud taking on clay-loving Nicolas Jarry.

Sixth seed Holger Rune also faces a stiff assignment against Francisco Cerundolo while two-time semi-finalist Alexander Zverev is sure to have his title credentials tested by Grigor Dimitrov.

Swiatek can swat aside Tsurenko

WhatIga Swiatek v Lesia Tsurenko
WhereParis, France
When10:00, Monday 5th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 1/40, Lesia Tsurenko 16/1

Swiatek double-bageled Xinyu Wang in round three, meaning the prolific Pole has won all three of her French Open assignments in straight sets and has won four of the six sets she has contested 6-0.

That means last-16 opponent Lesia Tsurenko should be fearing the worst and there is every reason to be doing so if their recent meetings are anything to go by.

These two clashed in the last-32 in Rome in the middle of May and Swiatek strolled to a 6-2 6-0 success. Their only other previous meeting came under a closed roof in last season's French Open when Swiatek again stamped her authority in an emphatic 6-2 6-0 win.

When the world number one smells weakness, she is devastating and the 22-year-old sensation is expected to make light work of her Ukrainian opponent once more.

Swiatek's opening three wins in Paris have featured 16, 16 and 12 games while her two wins over Tsurenko have each lasted only 14 games.

It is 8/11 that the Warsaw women wins again in a match featuring under 16.5 games and that looks well worth considering.

Ruud hoping to get his revenge

WhatNicolas Jarry v Casper Ruud
WhereParis, France
When10:00, Monday 5th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
Odds Nicolas Jarry 13/8, Casper Ruud 1/2 

Ruud found only the King of Clay himself Rafael Nadal too strong at last year's French Open, but the Norwegian will be believing he can go one better in the absence of the legendary Spaniard.

However, the world number four shouldn't be expecting an easy ride in his last-16 contest with Jarry, who has shown his aptitude for this slower surface.

The clay-loving Chilean won a title on this terrain in Geneva in the build-up to Paris, defeating Ruud in the quarter-finals before impressing further with wins over Zverev and Dimitrov.

Given Zverev and Dimitrov are also in last-16 action, that form looks super strong and he has built on that in the French capital, easing past Hugo Dellien, Tommy Paul and Marcos Giron.

But Ruud will be keen to exact his revenge on Jarry and may well do so, but not without a scare. The Norwegian has dropped sets in his last two wins over Giulio Zeppieri and Zhizhen Zhang while his two previous meetings with Jarry have gone to a deciding set.

This is the first time Jarry has made the last-16 of a Grand Slam, which adds pressure in itself, so Ruud is fancied to come out on top in a thriller.

It is 13/10 that Ruud wins with both players winning a set, which could be the best punting approach to take.

Zverev unlikely to have things all his own way

WhatGrigor Dimitrov v Alexander Zverev
WhereParis, France
When10:00, Monday 5th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsGrigor Dimitrov 13/8, Alexander Zverev 1/2

Zverev has dominated his recent rivalry with Dimitrov, winning each of their last three meetings, and is 1/2 to prevail in their French Open last-16 showdown.

The German has made consecutive semi-finals in Paris and has done remarkably well to be back where he is, given he required surgery on ankle ligament damage he suffered in the last-four against Nadal only last year. 

There are signs that Zverev is edging back somewhere towards his best but there is still work to be done and he is unlikely to have things all his own way against the Bulgarian.

Zverev won in four sets against good friend Frances Tiafoe last time out. However, he won two of those sets in a tiebreak and looked passive in some of the crucial moments.

Doubting himself against Dimitrov, who has won his opening three matches in straight sets having finished runner-up in Geneva, could be dangerous and that makes him a vulnerable favourite.

Zverev's star quality and strong serve will always keep him competitive, though, so a lengthy battle could be what is in store.

Three of the four previous meetings between this pair have gone to a deciding set and there is every hope this could follow a similar narrative.

Zverev's four-set win over Tiafoe featured 42 games and quotes of 5/6 about this lasting over 38.5 looks the way to go.

French Open Preview - Day 8

The second week of the French Open gets underway on Sunday with the start of the fourth round as the likes of Carlos Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka take to the courts.

Top seed Alcaraz is 1/7 to win his next match against Italian Lorenzo Musetti, while Novak Djokovic can be backed at 1/33 to win his Sunday encounter with Juan Pablo Varillas.

In the women's draw, meanwhile, Aryna Sabalenka is 1/5 favourite to win her fourth-round tussle with former French Open finalist Sloane Stephens.

Alcaraz should edge past improving Musetti

WhatCarlos Alcaraz v Lorenzo Musetti
WhereParis, France
When10.00, Sunday 4th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsCarlos Alcaraz 1/7, Lorenzo Musetti 9/2

Men's outright favourite and top seed Carlos Alcaraz has barely put a foot wrong in Paris this year, dropping just one set in his opening three wins at the French Open, and the young Spaniard is 1/7 to win his fourth-round encounter with Lorenzo Musetti.

Alcaraz breezed past 26th seed Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-4 6-2 last time out, seeing off the Canadian in two hours and 12 minutes.

Looking to better his run to the French Open quarter-finals last year, the 20-year-old has won 23 of his 25 matches on the clay courts this season and he will take some stopping in the French capital.

The odds suggest Italian Musetti is unlikely to do that but he can at least put up a fight against the Grand Slam's top seed.

Musetti has won all three of his French Open assignments in straight sets and took down British ace Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-2 6-4 last time out, so should not be dismissed entirely.

He won the only previous meeting between these players in last year's Hamburg European Open final and can be competitive, so back Alcaraz to win this and both players to win a set at 5/4.

Resurgent Svitolina can book place in quarter-finals

WhatElina Svitolina v Daria Kasatkina
WhereParis, France
When10.00, Sunday 4th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsElina Svitolina 6/4, Daria Kasatkina 8/15

One of the most heartwarming stories at this year's French Open has been the journey of Elina Svitolina, who is into the tournament's fourth round having only given birth back in October before returning to the WTA Tour back in April.

Since then the Ukrainian has been slowly and steadily going about her business before winning the Internationaux de Strasbourg last month.

That would have raised her spirits ahead of the French Open and on the clay courts in Paris, she has not disappointed.

After dumping out Martina Trevisan in her opener, Svitolina has won from a set down in each of her last two matches to reach the fourth round in which she will face ninth seed Daria Kasatkina, who is yet to really be tested in the tournament.

That should work in favour of Svitolina, who has had to dig deep in her last two matches and, at 6/4, she is a fine bet to win this clash, having won all six of her previous meetings with Kasatkina.

Sonego able to push Khachanov close

WhatKaren Khachanov v Lorenzo Sonego
WhereParis, France
When10.00, Sunday 4th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsKaren Khachanov 4/9, Lorenzo Sonego 7/4 

Lorenzo Sonego described it as a "miracle" when he came from two sets down to beat Andrey Rublev in the third round of the French Open, but he was a deserving winner in that contest and can make life tough for Karen Khachanov in his next match in Paris.

Up against a class act in Rublev, Sonego fell 5-7 0-6 down against the world number seven but dug deep to win the remaining three sets 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 to win the match and beat a player in the top 20 at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

His next opponent Khachanov also had to work hard last time out to beat Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis in four sets and it would be no surprise if this match went the distance.

The better bet, however, could be to back Sonego to win at least 20 games, having done so in two of his three matches at this year's French Open.

Stephens could come unstuck against Sabalenka

WhatSloane Stephens v Aryna Sabalenka
WhereParis, France
When10.00, Sunday 4th June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsSloane Stephens 7/2, Aryna Sabalenka 1/5

A finalist in 2018 and a quarter-finalist last year, it is fair to say Sloane Stephens has an affinity for the French Open and she is once again into the fourth round after a 6-3 3-6 6-2 win over Yulia Putintseva on Friday.

But unfortunately for the American ace, her fourth-round opponent is the red-hot Aryna Sabalenka and Sunday could mark the end of the road for Stephens.

Second seed Sabalenka has enjoyed a decent clay-court campaign, reaching the finals of the Stuttgart Open and the Madrid Open and she has looked especially comfortable in Paris.

Sabalenka, who could take the world number one spot at the end of the French Open, has won all three of her matches in the Grand Slam in straight sets and is worth backing to again win 2-0 at 4/6.

French Open Preview - Day 7

Day seven of this year's French Open will take in action from the bottom half of the men's singles draw and it has really opened up following the early exits of seeded stars Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner.

Holger Rune, Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev are the leading lights still standing in that section of the draw and they will be keen to showcase their title credentials by recording convincing last-16 victories.

In the women's draw, defending champion Iga Swiatek, her final victim of last year Coco Gauff and last season's Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina headline Saturday's fare.

Fritz can expect hostile reception

WhatFrancisco Cerundolo v Taylor Fritz
WhereParis, France
When10.00, Saturday 3rd June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsFrancisco Cerundolo 11/10, Taylor Fritz 8/11

Taylor Fritz didn't do himself any favours with the French faithful as he dumped out home favourite Arthur Rinderknech in round two before attempting to shush the booing crowd.

That could come back to bite him going forward and may ensure Francisco Cerundolo has a bigger following than may have been the case for this last-32 showdown.

Fritz has never gone beyond this stage of the French Open in six previous attempts and clay is not his preferred surface.

Argentinian ace Cerundolo, on the other hand, loves the slower surface and has made three career finals on clay, winning his maiden title in the Swedish Open last year.

Cerundolo warmed up for the French Open by finishing runner-up to Arthur Fils in Lyon, while wins over Jaume Munar and Yannick Hanfmann in Paris show no ill-effects from that recent title decider.

Fritz needed four sets to see off Rinderknech in the last round and coming into this Grand Slam had lost three of his previous five clay-court matches.

At 11/10, there may be value to be had in siding with the South American.

Gauff going through the gears

WhatMirra Andreeva v Coco Gauff
WhereParis, France
When10.00, Saturday 3rd June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsMirra Andreeva 11/10, Coco Gauff 8/11

Gauff finished runner-up to the all-conquering Swiatek in last season's French Open final and after a tough start to her Parisian adventure, the American should have hopes of another deep run.

The 19-year-old seems destined for Grand Slam glory in the near future and the manner of her second-round win over Julia Grabher suggests she may be discovering her peak form.

Gauff won that contest 6-2 6-3 and she also displayed her battling qualities in her opening contest as she had to claw herself back from a set down to overhaul Rebeka Masarova.

In 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva, she faces a serious talent, but this is by some way the Russian's biggest game of her career.

Andreeva has had to win five matches to reach this far, which includes three qualifiers, but none of those opponents were ranked inside the world's top 75.

The Russian teenager did also make the fourth round in Madrid earlier this month but she was blown away by Aryna Sabalenka and this may be too early in her development to suggest she can upset world number six Gauff.

The American is hitting it nicely and looks a worthy favourite at 8/11.

Tsurenko may take some stopping

WhatBianca Andreescu v Lesia Tsurenko
WhereParis, France
When10.00, Saturday 3rd June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsBianca Andreescu 8/11, Lesia Tsurenko 11/10

Bianca Andreescu won the US Open as a teenager in 2019 and after a lean couple of years of the WTA Tour, the Canadian may be rediscovering that magic.

However, the 22-year-old will still do well to overcome Lesia Tsurenko in her French Open third-round encounter.

Andreescu has retired during both meetings between these two players, but Tsurenko had been in control on both occasions, leading the deciding set 4-0 which included a semi-final in Hua Hin in February.

The Ukrainian sprung a surprise on 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in her opening assignment and was a set and break up on Lauren Davis in round two before the American withdrew hurt.

That form looks stronger than the wins of Andreescu, who needed to come from a set down to defeat an out-of-sorts Victoria Azarenka before easing past inexperienced American Emma Navarro.

It could, therefore, be argued that Tsurenko may be favourite for this encounter so odds of 11/10 must be considered.

French Open Preview - Day 6

Day six of the French Open sees the start of the third round and it has been so far so good for the heavyweight trio in the top half of the men's singles draw.

Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas have all looked in excellent touch in the opening two rounds but bigger tests await, starting with Friday's third-round encounters. 

World number one Alcaraz meets Canadian Denis Shapovalov, while two-time French Open champion Djokovic squares-up against Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Tsitsipas plays diminutive Argentinian Diego Schwartzman. 

There are also eight third-round matches scheduled in the women's draw, which includes third seed Jessica Pegula taking on Belgian Elise Mertens. 

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka is also in action and is expected to record a third consecutive straight-set success against Kamilla Rakhimova.

Stern challenge for Djokovic

WhatNovak Djokovic v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
WhereParis, France
When10.00am, Friday 2nd June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsNovak Djokovic 1/8, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 5/1

Djokovic has recorded straight-set victories over Aleksandar Kovacevic and Marton Fucsovics in the opening two rounds in Paris, but the super Serb should expect his French Open title credentials to be given a serious test by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. 

The former two-time champion is 1/8 to seal a spot in the last-16 and, while he may advance, those odds look short enough given Davidovich Fokina got the better of him in their most recent meeting on the clay of Monte Carlo last year. 

The Spaniard made the quarter-final of the French Open two seasons ago and should be feeling pretty confident in himself after silencing the home crowd to dump out young Frenchmen Arthur Fils and Luca van Assche in the opening two rounds. 

Fils won his maiden ATP Tour title in Lyon in the build-up to Paris so that four-set victory looks particularly impressive and Davidovich Fokina did get the better of Holger Rune, who is seeded six in the French capital, in Madrid in April. 

The Spaniard also put up a bold bid in his quarter-final showdown with Alcaraz in Barcelona, losing 7-6 6-4, which is further evidence of what he is capable of on clay. 

Given Djokovic required a tiebreak in each of his opening two games, Davidovich Fokina is unlikely to be completely rolled over and he is worth backing +7.5 games on the handicap at 4/5. 

Stephens and Putintseva tough to split

WhatSloane Stephens v Yulia Putintseva
WhereParis, France
When10.00am, Friday 2nd June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsSloane Stephens 8/15, Yulia Putintseva 6/4

This is a sixth career meeting between Sloane Stephens and Yulia Putintseva and if the previous five encounters are anything to go by then this could be a gruelling affair. 

Each of those five meetings have gone to a deciding set with Putintseva, the 6/4 outsider, having prevailed on three occasions. 

However, Stephens is a former French Open runner-up and has made at least the quarter-final in three of her last five trips to Paris. 

Having reached the semi-final in Rabat prior to this tournament and after convincing wins over Karolina Pliskova and Varvara Gracheva in the opening two rounds, the American looks back operating somewhere close to her best. 

But Putintseva also looks to be in fine fettle following victories over Maryna Zanevska and Qinwen Zheng and did come out on top in their only previous clay-court encounter. 

With that in mind, it could be worth backing this contest to feature three sets at 5/4, while it is 11/4 that Stephens prevails in a deciding set.

Begu could frank the form

WhatKarolina Muchova v Irina-Camelia Begu
WhereParis, France
When10.00am, Friday 2nd June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsKarolina Muchova 8/13, Irina-Camelia Begu 13/10

Three-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Karolina Muchova has been showing far more positive signs of late, but the Czech faces a tricky third-round clash with Irina-Camelia Begu. 

There is some recent form to go on between these two players as Begu ran out a 6-4 7-5 winner in their showdown in Madrid at the end of April. 

It was the Romanian who also prevailed when these two locked horns at the French Open in 2019 and while she has recorded straight-set wins over Anna Bondar and Sara Errani, Muchova has had a tougher time of things against Maria Sakkari and Nadia Podoroska. 

The world number 43 has had the tougher schedule but she went the distance with Podoroska last time out and at the prices it is Begu, who may be the fresher of the pair, that could be the bet at 13/10.

French Open Preview - Day 5

Swiatek is 1/40 to take down American Claire Liu, while fourth seed Elena Rybakina can be backed at 1/8 in her second-round tussle against Linda Noskova.

In the men's draw, Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev are up against Giulio Zeppieri and Alex Molcan respectively as the tournament starts to take shape.

Jarry can punish Paul in Paris

WhatTommy Paul vs Nicolas Jarry
WhereParis, France
When09.00am, Thursday 1st June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsTommy Paul 6/5, Nicolas Jarry 4/6

Tommy Paul made a strong start to 2023 with a semi-final appearance at the season's first Grand Slam - the Australian Open - but his clay-court campaign has left plenty to be desired.

Paul has won just once on clay at ATP level this year and he is worth opposing against Chilean Nicolas Jarry.

Jarry enjoyed terrific preparations for the season's second Grand Slam, beating Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev on his way to the Geneva Open title on the clay courts.

His confidence should be high and he is a good bet to win at 4/6.

Expect a routine win for Rybakina

WhatElena Rybakina vs Linda Noskova
WhereParis, France
When10.00am, Thursday 1st June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsElena Rybakina 1/8, Linda Noskova 5/1 

Elena Rybakina has been a threat at recent women's Grand Slams, winning Wimbledon in 2022 and reaching the final of the Australian Open earlier this year.

She could be set for another good run in Paris as well, having started her campaign with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Brenda Fruhvirtova.

The French Open fourth seed warmed up for the Grand Slam by winning the Italian Open in Rome earlier in May and she took down talented Pole Iga Swiatek on her way to the title.

Rybakina won four of her six matches in that event in straight sets and she is worth a bet to win 2-0 against Linda Noskova at 1/2 or, for more value, punters should back her at -5.5 on the match handicap at 5/6.

Parry can topple teenager Andreeva

WhatDiane Parry vs Mirra Andreeva
WhereParis, France
When10.00am, Thursday 1st June
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsDiane Parry 12/5, Mirra Andreeva 1/3

Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva recorded one of the most eye-catching results of the first round at the French Open, beating Alison Riske-Amritraj in straight sets, and she is expected to follow that with victory over Diane Parry.

Andreeva, 16, is the youngest player in the main draw at this year's French Open and has a bright future ahead of her but she looks short at 1/3 and Parry could be worth chancing to win this at 12/5.

Parry, 20, defeated 25th seed and Italian Open finalist Anhelina Kalinina in the first round and will have great home support behind her on the clay courts, as she did last year when she made the third round of the French Open.

French Open Preview - Day 4

Day four of the French Open sees the second round spark into life with Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas all hoping to showcase their title credentials.

Men's world number one Alcaraz is 1/66 to see off Japan's Taro Daniel, while third seed Djokovic is 1/20 to take care of Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

Tsitsipas, having needed four sets against Jiri Vesely in his Paris curtain-raiser, is 1/10 to overcome Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, while Cameron Norrie flies the British flag as he takes on Lucas Pouille.

In the women's draw, all eyes will be on second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who is set for an all-Belarusian battle with qualifier Iryna Shymanovich.

Meanwhile, world number three Jessica Pegula faces a tough second-round test against Camila Giorgi, while ninth seed Daria Kasatkina may also be asked serious questions by Marketa Vondrousova.

Italian set for another sweet success

WhatMatteo Arnaldi v Denis Shapovalov
WhereParis, France
WhenWednesday 31st May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsMatteo Arnaldi 4/5, Denis Shapovalov 1/1

Italian tennis is in a healthy place with three male players ranked inside the world's top 20 and they may have unearthed another future star in Matteo Arnaldi.

Although currently housed outside the top 100, there is plenty of room for Arnaldi to move up the rankings and it is already evident that he is capable of celebrating plenty of success, particularly on clay.

Arnaldi recorded a four-set win over the dangerous Daniel Elahi Galan in round one and in Madrid at the end of April he ran out a convincing 6-3 6-4 winner over Casper Ruud.

When you consider Ruud is world number four and was last season's French Open runner-up, then it shows the 22-year-old has plenty of confidence in his abilities.

A second-round clash with Denis Shapovalov is no easy task, but the Canadian is wildly inconsistent and was involved in a five-set battle with Brandon Nakashima in his Paris opener.

Shapovalov is at his most vulnerable on clay, having failed to go beyond the second round of the French Open in four previous visits.

Arnaldi is 4/5 to come out on top, but that looks the way to go with the erratic Shapovalov difficult to trust.

Norrie may be made to work hard

WhatLucas Pouille v Cameron Norrie
WhereParis, France
WhenWednesday 31st May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsLucas Pouille 3/1, Cameron Norrie 1/4

Cameron Norrie needed five thrilling sets before getting the better of Benoit Paire in the opening round and the British number one may have to work hard in his second-round clash with another Frenchman, Lucas Pouille.

Pouille, a former world number 10, may not be the force he once was. However, performances have been getting more consistent and he was a comfortable straight-set winner in his opening duel with Jurij Rodionov.

This is evidently a tougher test for him, but he did take the opening set before losing in four against Norrie at Wimbledon in 2021.

The Frenchman will also have fond memories of when he defeated Norrie at the French Open five years ago, which suggests he is capable of putting up stiff resistance.

The Brit is expected to close out the contest, but there is a set in it for Pouille - making the 6/5 about Norrie winning and both players taking a set a tempting proposition.

Fernandez can prevail in battle of young guns

WhatLeylah Fernandez v Clara Tauson
WhereParis, France
WhenWednesday 31st May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsLeylah Fernandez 10/11, Clara Tauson 10/11

Leylah Fernandez and Clara Tauson are two of the most exciting young talents on the WTA Tour, but it is the Canadian who has displayed the most promise so far.

Tauson is a two-time winner on the WTA Tour, but those successes came two years ago and, having once been world number 33, she has since slid down to world number 127.

The Dane won the Australian Open junior singles title by beating Fernandez in the final in 2019, but the Canadian has not looked back since joining the main tour.

Fernandez finished runner-up to Emma Raducanu as a teenager in the US Open in 2021 and she was also a French Open quarter-finalist last year.

Tauson may have been a convincing winner in her opening match with Aliaksandra Sasnovich, a contest she won 6-2 6-0, but Fernandez seems the more likely of the two to perform to her maximum potential.

The world number 49 came through in three sets against world number 21 Magda Linette and that looks stronger form given the Pole was an Australian Open semi-finalist earlier in the campaign.

At 10/11, Fernandez is well worth supporting.

French Open Preview - Day 3

Defending women's champion Iga Swiatek is the star attraction on Tuesday with the Polish phenomenon starting her French Open title defence against Spain's Cristina Busca.

Swiatek is expected to saunter into the second round and is as short as 1/12 for a straight-set victory while her final victim of last year, Cori Gauff, is also in action against Rebeka Masarova. 

The American ace is 1/5 to progress in her Parisian curtain-raiser, while Barbora Krejcikova, French Open champion in 2021, is 1/3 to overcome Lesia Tsurenko. 

In the men's draw, second seed Daniil Medvedev is the headline act and the recently-crowned Rome champion is 1/20 to brush aside Thiago Seyboth Wild. 

Highly-rated Danish youngster Holger Rune and Alexander Zverev, a semi-finalist in Paris in each of the last two years, are also in action against Christoper Eubanks and Lloyd Harris. 

Meanwhile, last season's runner-up Casper Ruud, who found only the sidelined Rafael Nadal too good, gets his campaign underway against Elias Ymer. 

The Norwegian ace is 1/16 to seal a place in round two.

Cerundolo can stamp his authority

WhatFrancisco Cerundolo v Jaume Munar
WhereParis, France
WhenTuesday 30th May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsFrancisco Cerundolo 4/11, Jaume Munar 11/5

Francisco Cerundolo warmed up for the French Open with a run to the final in Lyon on Sunday, suffering a shock defeat to impressive home youngster Arthur Fils. 

But it was still a strong display from Cerundolo, who had defeated British number one Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals. 

The Argentinian had made the quarter-finals in Rome prior to that, a tournament which saw him defeat world number nine Jannik Sinner, and he is considered a clay-court specialist. 

Now at world number 23, Cerundolo has plenty to offer this game and he is a worthy favourite to overcome Jaume Munar at 4/11. 

However, backing him to win a shade more cosily could be the approach to take. 

Cerundolo won his maiden title on the clay in Bastad last year and he has won both previous meetings with Munar, most recently prevailing 6-2 6-1 in a romp in Buenos Aires. 

That victory was played on his favoured slower surface and although Munar is too talented on clay, Cerundolo should be running out a convincing winner. 

The Argentinian is 5/6 to cover a handicap start of -5.5 games.

All-Australian clash may go Thompson's way

WhatMax Purcell v Jordan Thompson
WhereParis, France
WhenTuesday 30th May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsMax Purcell 11/10, Jordan Thompson 8/11

Jordan Thompson got the better of fellow Australian Max Purcell to win a Gwangju hard-court Challenger event earlier this month and he is expected to confirm that form at the French Open. 

Thompson has won three of his four previous encounters with Purcell in straight sets and that includes their only clay-court encounter in a Chinese Challenger competition in 2019. 

Neither would be at their best on this slower terrain but Purcell has won only one of his last six matches on clay and is far less experienced when it comes to featuring in Grand Slam events. 

In fact, Purcell is featuring in the main draw of a Grand Slam event for just the fifth time in his career and he has never gone beyond the first round. 

All things considered, Thompson looks a good punting proposition at 8/11.

Azarenka holds the aces

WhatVictoria Azarenka v Bianca Andreescu
WhereParis, France
WhenTuesday 30th May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsVictoria Azarenka 1/2, Bianca Andreescu 13/8

It is rare to see two former Grand Slam champions competing in the opening round of a major, but that is the scenario as Victoria Azarenka locks horns with Bianca Andreescu. 

Azarenka's two Grand Slam successes came at the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, while classy Canadian Andreescu won the US Open in 2019. 

Neither would be at their best on clay and neither are in particularly convincing form, but Azarenka still has the edge. 

The seasoned Belarusian is a former French Open semi-finalist and she did claim a good win over Sloane Stephens in Rome earlier this month, which showed what she was capable of. 

Andreescu, meanwhile, has seen her progress stall with injuries and she has lost both starts on clay this season, going down to Xiyu Wang in Madrid and Marketa Vondrousova in Rome. 

Azarenka is rightly chalked up at 1/2 to prevail but 5/4 about a routine 2-0 win also appeals.

French Open Preview - Day 2

Monday marks the second day of matches at this year's French Open with some big-hitters set to join the fray.

In the men's draw, Carlos Alcaraz, who is 8/5 favourite to win the season's second Grand Slam, opens against unseeded Italian Flavio Cobolli and is 1/50 to prevail. 

Third seed Novak Djokovic also starts his campaign on day two and is a 1/150 shot to see off Aleksandar Kovacevic, while in the women's draw, former finalist Sloane Stephens is up against Karolina Pliskova and fifth seed Caroline Garcia faces Xiyu Wang. 

Auger-Aliassime could be vulnerable against Fognini

WhatFelix Auger-Aliassime vs Fabio Fognini
WhereParis, France
WhenMonday 29th May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsFelix Auger-Aliassime 3/10, Fabio Fognini 5/2

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime has struggled to make a mark on the ATP Tour this year, having won only 13 of his 22 matches, and he could be in for a tough time of it against Fabio Fognini in his Paris opener. 

Auger-Aliassime lost three successive matches in Miami, Madrid and Rome before making the quarter-finals at the Lyon Open, although he needed just one win to get there and then withdrew from his match with Arthur Fils through injury. 

That was likely a precautionary decision but Auger-Aliassime may not be at his sharpest nonetheless and Fognini could capitalise. 

The Italian has eight tour-level titles to his name on clay and is worth a bet at +5.5 games on the match handicap at 5/6.

Norrie should ease past wildcard Paire

WhatBenoit Paire vs Cameron Norrie
WhereParis, France
WhenMonday 29th May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsBenoit Paire 9/2, Cameron Norrie 1/7

Cameron Norrie could only make the third round of last year's French Open, but the British ace will be hoping to build on that this year - starting with a comfortable win over Benoit Paire. 

Wildcard Paire has lost each of his last two matches on clay - in Geneva and Bordeaux - and could be out of his depth against 14th seed Norrie. 

Norrie is fresh from making the semi-finals of the Lyon Open, having taken down David Goffin and Sebastian Baez on his way to the last four, while he was also going well at the Rome Masters before he ran into Novak Djokovic in the last 16. 

At 1/1, Norrie is a fine bet to win this match 3-0.

Stephens can demonstrate clay-court prowess against Pliskova

WhatKarolina Pliskova vs Sloane Stephens
WhereParis, France
WhenMonday 29th May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsKarolina Pliskova 4/6, Sloane Stephens 6/5

Sloane Stephens often looks right at home on the clay courts and she can defy the odds to win her first match at the French Open against Karolina Pliskova on Monday. 

American Stephens made the final of the clay-court Grand Slam back in 2018 and was a quarter-finalist at the event last season. 

She has won 32 of her 43 matches at the French Open and her added experience can see her over the line against Pliskova. 

Pliskova lost her first match at the Rome Masters recently, going down against Hungarian Anna Bondar, whereas Stephens warmed up for this week's Grand Slam by making the last four of the Morocco Open.

Svitolina and Trevisan should run each other close

WhatElina Svitolina vs Martina Trevisan
WhereParis, France
WhenMonday 29th May from 10am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsElina Svitolina 10/11, Martina Trevisan 10/11

Elina Svitolina's clash with Martina Trevisan on Monday is one of the tougher first-round matches to call at the women's French Open and it would be no surprise to see the contest go the distance. 

Ukrainian talent Svitolina prepared for the French Open by winning the Strasbourg Open on Saturday, securing the 17th title of her career. 

The WTA 250 tournament was by no means a prestigious event but it acted as fine clay-court practice for Svitolina and she has made the quarter-finals of the French Open three times in her career. 

That makes her a dangerous opponent but Italian Trevisan should not be underestimated either. 

Trevisan is seeded 26th at this year's Grand Slam and is fresh from reaching the quarter-finals at the Morocco Open. 

This is a tough first-round clash for both of these players and punters should back it to feature three sets at 6/5.

French Open Preview - Day 1

The French Open begins on Sunday morning with the early stages of the tournament set to take place under glorious Parisian sunshine, conditions which contrast sharply with the torrential rain of Rome's recent Italian Open.

The bulk of the ATP big guns will take to the courts over Monday and Tuesday but Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev are lining up on day one, beginning their bids for French Open and Grand Slam glory for the first time. 

Tsitsipas is just 1/50 to defeat Jiri Vesely, but Rublev might need to work hard to see off Laslo Djere in his first-round match. 

The WTA action begins with one of the stars of the women's game, world number two Aryna Sabalenka, who is 1/7 to defeat Marta Kostyuk.

Big names poised for an almighty scrap

WhatDavid Goffin vs Hubert Hurkacz
WhereParis, France
WhenSunday 28th May, 10:00am
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsHubert Hurkacz 4/9, David Goffin 7/4

Of all the men's matches on the opening day in Paris, eyes will be drawn to the clash which pits Belgium's David Goffin against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in a repeat of their third-round contest from 2022. 

On that occasion, Hurkacz ran out a convincing straight-sets winner but the world number 13 has endured a dismal clay-court campaign, winning just three matches across tournaments in Estoril, Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome. 

He's becoming a more consistent Grand Slam performer, but clay remains by far his weakest surface and Goffin has the ability to expose any chinks in his armour. 

The Belgian is slipping down the rankings, but he reached the semis of the Aix En Provence Challenger in May and early-round losses against Alexander Zverev and Cameron Norrie in Rome and Lyon are understandable. 

He could be worth a bet at 7/4 while more conservative punters can back the Belgian with a 4.5-game handicap start at 5/6 in what should be a long, gruelling battle.

Rublev ready to stamp his Slam claims

WhatLaslo Djere vs Andrey Rublev
WhereParis, France
WhenSunday 28th May; not before 13:30pm
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsAndrey Rublev 1/4, Laslo Djere 3/1

Andrey Rublev began his European clay-court season by winning the Monte Carlo Masters and the Russian will be out to stamp his class on this battle with Serbia's Laslo Djere, who looks a dangerous first-round opponent. 

After a run to the Banja Luka semi-finals, Rublev failed to reach the quarter-finals in either Madrid or Rome and he'll be hoping that he hasn't peaked ahead of time. 

But he should draw confidence from his record against Djere, having beaten the 57-ranked Serb in four of their five previous meetings, including a battling five-set win in last season's US Open. 

However, Djere is arguably at his best on clay and he should be encouraged by his run to the last 16 in Rome, where he bumped into Casper Ruud. 

Djere is odds-on to win a set, so the best bet could be to take Rublev to win 3-1, which is a 5/2 chance.

Fragile Sakkari at risk of an early exit

WhatMaria Sakkari vs Karolina Muchova
WhereParis, France
WhenSunday 28th May; not before 12:00pm
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsMaria Sakkari 10/11, Karolina Muchova 10/11

There are a number of eye-catching women's matches taking place on Sunday but arguably none more so than Maria Sakkari's clash with Karolina Muchova, which looks ripe for an upset - at least as far as world rankings are concerned. 

Sakkari is the WTA Tour number eight and has been ranked as high as third, while Muchova is the world number 42, yet there's nothing between them in the betting and Sakkari will be fearing an early exit. 

Injuries have held Muchova back but she's a superb performer at her best - reaching the last four of the 2021 Australian Open as well as the Wimbledon quarter-finals on two occasions. 

The Czech has yet to really make her mark in Paris but three wins in Rome suggests she is fit and firing and she's already beaten Sakkari at the French Open, dismissing the Greek in straight sets last season. 

Sakkari back did perform well in Madrid but conditions in Spain vary hugely to what she will experience in Paris, making Muchova a good bet at 10/11.

Home hope facing a tough task

WhatAlize Cornet vs Camila Giorgi
WhereParis, France
WhenSunday 28th May; not before 13:30pm
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Eurosport
OddsCamila Giorgi 4/9, Alize Cornet 7/4

Two fiery veterans of the WTA Tour clash on the show courts of Paris where Alize Cornet will hope to delight her home crowd with a victory over Camila Giorgi. 

However, the head-to-head record suggests that Cornet is up against it given that she's lost her last five meetings with the Italian, who defies her diminutive stature with her hard-hitting style of play. 

Cornet is much more of a counter-puncher but the Frenchwoman has struggled to really find her form this term, winning back-to-back matches just once at the same tournament when reaching the quarter-finals of a recent Paris Challenger event. 

Giorgi won a hard-court title in Merida, Mexico, in February and wins over Arantxa Rus and Ekaterina Alexandrova in Rome were worth a fair bit more than what Cornet has achieved and she has that head-to-head record to bolster her confidence. 

Giorgi should win but Cornet won't go down without a fight, so a 2-1 win to the Italian could prove a value bet at 11/4.

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