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French Open Wide Open After Rafa Nadal Eliminated

2/6/2009
The betting markets for the Mens’ French Open Tennis title have been blown open after a shock defeat for reigning champion Rafa Nadal.

Nadal, who had won the title at Roland Garos the previous four years, lost his undefeated record on the French clay to Sweden’s Robin Soderling. The match, which the 23rd seed won 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-2), now means the door has been opened to the likes of Roger Federer, Nikolay Davidenko and Andy Murray.

Bookmakers are currently favouring Roger Federer (5/4, Ladbrokes), who overcame a scare of his own against the unseeded Tommy Haas in the fifth round to reach the quarters. Federer will meet Gael Monfils, who beat American Andy Roddick in an ill-tempered match on his way to the last eight showdown. Monfils, who is best priced at 14/1 to win the French Open outright with William Hills and Ladbrokes, will have support from his home crowd, but with many hoping Federer can win the only Grand Slam to have eluded him thus far, the Swiss player should prove too handy for the Frenchman.

The remaining quarter-finals see British hope Andy Murray (9/2, Sportingbet) paired off with the Chilean Gonzalez, while Nadal’s conquerer Soderling now has to beat Nikolay Davydenko. Del Potro versus Robredo completes the draw.

Outright betting, Mens French Open Winner
Roger Federer – 5/4 (Totesport, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Coral) Andy Murray – 9/2 (Sportingbet)
Juan Martin Del Potro – 6/1 (888Sport)
Nikolay Davydenko – 8/1 (Bet365, Sportingbet, Extrabet)
Fernando Gonzalez – 12/1 (PaddyPower)
Gael Monfils – 14/1 (SkyBet, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Extrabet)
Robin Soderling – 22/1 (Boylesports, BlueSq, Stan James)
Tommy Robredo – 40/1 (Various)
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