French Open 2018 men's contenders latest odds and form: Top 10 title favourites for Roland Garros

Andrew Hendrie in French Open 12 May 2018
  • Top 10 favourites for the 2018 French Open title
  • We take a look at the latest odds for the leading Roland Garros contenders
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Rafael Nadal is once again the overwhelming favourite for the French Open title, but is anyone capable of challenging the Spanish superstar in Paris? Dominic Thiem beat him in Madrid - can the Austrian enforcer repeat the effort on the biggest stage of them all? Read on below as we cast our eye over the top 10 French Open favourites and the latest odds ahead of the second Grand Slam of the year!

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Odds are correct at time of publishing (on 12/5/18 at 4.00am BST) and are subject to change.

1. Rafael Nadal - 4/9


Best French Open Result - Champion: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017

2017 French Open Result - Champion (beat Wawrinka)

Best 2018 Result so far - Monte-Carlo champion (def. Nishikori), Barcelona champion (def. Tsitsipas) 

Nadal finished 2017 with more injury problems and started 2018 in the same boat as he was forced to retire from the Australian Open with a knee issue, but he’s back - having regained the No. 1 ranking from Roger Federer without playing for two months - and is ready to dominate yet another European clay court season. The King of Clay has already won 11th career titles at the Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open without dropping a set, and he appeared on his way to replicating that feat in Madrid, advancing into the quarter-finals and breaking the record for the most consecutive sets won on a single surface (50). But Nadal has never completed the Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros sweep, and he won't do it in 2018 after suffering a shock straight sets loss to Dominic Thiem in the last eight. Nadal committed an uncharacteristic 29 unforced errors in a messy performance, but the Spaniard remains the unbackable favourite for an 11th French Open crown. But, maybe - MAYBE - a bit of doubt has crept into his mind now...

2. Dominic Thiem - 5/1


Best French Open Result - Semi-final: 2017 (lost to Nadal)

2017 French Open Result - Semi-final: 2016 (lost to Djokovic), 2017 (lost to Nadal)

Best 2018 Result so far - Argentina Open champion (beat Bedene)

Thiem was the clear second-best player on clay last season, finishing runner-up to Nadal in Barcelona and Madrid, along with beating the Spaniard as he made the semi-finals of the Rome Masters. Thiem would go on to beat Djokovic on the way to his second straight French Open semi-final, but Nadal proved far too strong in a one-sided semi-final. The Austrian enforcer picked up an ankle injury in Indian Wells and returned to action in Monte-Carlo, where he managed to beat Novak Djokovic but ended up suffering a crushing 6-0 6-2 loss to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. Thiem moved onto to Barcelona, but he couldn't repeat his runner-up finish from 2017, losing in the quarter-finals to rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas. Not much was really expected of Thiem in Madrid as a result of his lacklustre exits in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, but after battling to tense wins over Federico Delbonis and Borna Coric in three sets, Thiem scored arguably the biggest win of his career to date, conquering Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals, ending the King of Clay's 21-match and 50-set winning streak on clay. Firming as the clear second favourite for the French Open, is Thiem capable of replicating that display when it matters most - on Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros in a few weeks time? Time will tell...

3. Novak Djokovic - 10/1


Best French Open Result - Champion: 2016

2017 French Open Result - Quarter-final (lost to Thiem)

Best 2018 Result so far - Australian Open R16 (lost to Chung)

Despite not winning a match since the Australian Open and clearly struggling with confidence and a pathway back to his best form, Djokovic is currently the second favourite with bet365 for the 2018 French Open title. The Serbian famously became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles simultaneously when he captured his one and only French Open in 2016, but he hasn’t been to a Grand Slam final since and has recently struggled with an elbow problem and a subsequent return to fitness/form. Needs to build some momentum in the lead-in tournaments to justify his price, but he made an encouraging start in Monte-Carlo, claiming two solid wins before falling to Dominic Thiem. However, Djokovic has found himself back to square one after losing his opening match in Barcelona to qualifier Martin Klizan, while after a promising win over Kei Nishikori in Madrid, he bombed out in the second round to Kyle Edmund.

4. Alexander Zverev - 16/1


Best French Open Result - Third round (lost to Thiem)

2017 French Open Result - First round (lost to Verdasco)

Best 2018 Result so far - Munich champion (def. Kohlschreiber), Miami Masters runner-up (lost to Isner)

Zverev endured a tough end to 2017 and a disappointing start to 2018, but the young German - who is still just 21 years of age - recaptured some of his best form in reaching his third Masters 1000 final in Miami in March. However, unlike his wins in Rome and Montreal, Zverev couldn’t go all the way, falling to John Isner in three sets. Zverev’s results at Grand Slams leave a lot to be desired (he’s yet to beat a top 50 player at any of the four majors), but surely it’s only a matter of time before he goes on a deep run. Could 2018 in Paris be it? Zverev launched his clay season by reaching the Monte-Carlo semi-finals, falling in three sets to Kei Nishikori, while he's continued his great form in successfully defending his Munich title and advancing to his first semi-final in Madrid, extending his winning streak to seven matches after avenging his Miami final loss to Isner.

5. Juan Martin del Potro - 16/1


Best French Open Result - Semi-final: 2009 (lost to Federer)

2017 French Open Result - Third round (lost to Murray)

Best 2018 Result so far - Indian Wells Champion (beat Federer), Acapulco Champion (beat Anderson)

Set to play just his second French Open since 2012 after a horror run of wrist injuries, is del Potro a genuine contender in Paris? Given the state of the ATP at the moment, you’ve got to say yes. He’s only made it to the second week of the French Open twice before, but he’s still a threat on clay, and the Argentine is playing his best tennis in years after winning his first Masters title in Indian Wells, snapping Federer’s unbeaten start to the season. You can never count del Potro out, but he’s going to need the fortnight of his life in order to prevail. Del Potro didn't play on clay over the first three weeks of the European swing, and his rustiness showed as he won just one match in Madrid before crashing out to qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

6. Stan Wawrinka - 20/1


Best French Open Result - Champion: 2015 (beat Djokovic)

2017 French Open Result - Runner-up (lost to Nadal)

Best 2018 Result so far - Sofia Open semi-finals (lost to Basic)

After undergoing knee surgery after Wimbledon last year, Wawrinka has barely played in 2018, taking another two months off after Marseille in February for more rest and recovery. The Swiss made an ill-fated comeback at the Australian Open, losing in the second round to Tennys Sandgren, and desperately needs more matches and wins to be a genuine threat at Roland Garros. We know when Wawrinka is fit and firing, he’s capable of some jaw-dropping Grand Slam-winning tennis, but he’s well off the pace at the moment. Wawrinka still hasn't played a match since February, and pulled out of the Madrid Masters, where he was scheduled to make his comeback...

7. Nick Kyrgios - 33/1


Best French Open Result - 2015 (lost to Murray), 2016 (lost to Gasquet)

2017 French Open Result - Second round (lost to Anderson)

Best 2018 Result so far - Brisbane Champion (beat Harrison)

Such is the current state of men’s tennis, a man who has never been beyond the third round of Roland Garros is currently seventh favourite to win the title. Kyrgios will always be a dangerous title contender at any tournament he enters, but is he good enough to win seven best-of-five set matches on clay? Kyrgios didn’t play much on clay last year due to various factors, but the Australian can play nice tennis on the surface. If he’s focused and in the zone, he’s capable of beating anyone, but the Australian recently pulled out of Estoril and Madrid with an elbow injury and is racing the clock to be fit in time for Paris...

8. Marin Cilic - 33/1


Best French Open Result - Quarter-final: 2017 (lost to Wawrinka)

2017 French Open Result - Quarter-final: 2017 (lost to Wawrinka)

Best 2018 Result so far - Australian Open runner-up (lost to Federer)

Cilic has been stuck in a bit of a form slump since reaching the Australian Open final in January, losing early at both Indian Wells and Miami, along with the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro. However, Cilic did bounce back strongly for Croatia on clay in the Davis Cup quarter-finals against Kazakhstan, and after making the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time last year, the World No. 3 will still be feeling pretty confident of making some sort of impact in Paris. Cilic kicked off his Roland Garros preparations by making the quarter-finals in Monte-Carlo, losing to Kei Nishikori, but it hasn't gotten any better than that (although he did get married off the court!), with Cilic losing to Malek Jaziri in his first match of Istanbul (where he was the defending champion), while he pulled out of Madrid through injury.

9. Kei Nishikori - 33/1

Best French Open Result - Quarter-final: 2015 (lost to Tsonga), 2017 (lost to Murray)

2017 French Open Result - Quarter-final (lost to Murray)

Best 2018 Result so far - Monte-Carlo Masters runner-up (lost to Nadal)

Nishikori made a slow start to his return from a wrist injury this season, failing to make much of an impact on North American hardcourts, but he's surged into French Open contention over the last week after registering back-to-back top 10 victories for the first time since 2014 when he beat Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev on the way to his fourth Masters 1000 final. Rafael Nadal ultimately proved far too strong in the final, but Nishikori signalled his intent as among the chief contenders behind Nadal for the 2018 French Open. Nishikori didn't last long in Barcelona after making the quick transition from Monte-Carlo, retiring in his opening match. Nishikori returned to action in Madrid, but he was dealt a tough first round draw against Novak Djokovic, and ultimately bowed out in straight sets.

10. David Goffin - 33/1


Best French Open Result - Quarter-final: 2016 (lost to Thiem)

2017 French Open Result - Third round (retired vs Zeballos

Best 2018 Result so far - Montpellier semi-finals (lost to Gasquet), Rotterdam semi-finals (lost to Dimitrov)

A freak eye injury suffered in Rotterdam has derailed Goffin’s season after a second round loss at the Australian Open in 40+ degree heat. Safe to say the Belgian hasn’t seen things go his way so far this season - just as he was unfortunate in rolling his ankle in the third round of the French Open last year against Horacio Zeballos. If Goffin plays well and generates some momentum in the lead-in events on clay, he’s a solid underdog for the title - but he will most likely need someone else to take out Nadal for him. The Belgian got back to winning ways in Monte-Carlo, making the quarter-finals before going down to Grigor Dimitrov. Goffin then came from one set down on three straight occasions to reach the Barcelona semi-finals, but he was demolished by eventual champion Rafael Nadal by a 6-4 6-0 scoreline. The Belgian failed to generate any momentum in Madrid, going down in the R16 to Kyle Edmund.


Odds are correct at time of publishing (on 12/5/18 at 4.00am BST) and are subject to change.


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French Open 2018 men's contenders latest odds and form: Top 10 title favourites for Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal is once again the overwhelming favourite for the French Open title, but is anyone capable of challenging the Spanish superstar in Paris? Read on below as we cast our eye over the top 10 French Open favourites and the latest odds ahead of the second Grand Slam of the year!

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