Bookies.com experts give their predictions on French Open semi-finals at Roland Garros with Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams also in action.
We’re down to the last four in the men’s and ladies’ singles at the French Open this year, and there are still some brilliant bets to be had out there.
Bookies.com present their predictions for the semi-finals at Roland Garros.
Ana Ivanovic v Lucie Safarova
Although women’s seventh seed Ivanovic (13/2 with William Hill to win the tournament) trails Czech Republic player Safarova 5-3 from their previous head-to-heads, and there’s nothing to choose between them in two meetings on clay, the Serb did defeat this foe en route to winning the French Open in 2008.
While sceptical punters will ask what relevance form from seven years ago could possibly have on proceedings here, Ivanovic also won their last encounter in 2014 and dropped just five games in her quarter-final victory.
At a best price of 5/4 with BetVictor to beat Safarova (odds-on 3/4 match favourite), who has already endured three tough examinations from top 20 players at Roland Garros this year, Ivanovic is also well worth looking at to win in straight sets at 19/10 on offer at Boylesports.
Serena Williams v Timea Bacsinszky
Ladies’ world number one Williams will be targeting a third French Open crown this year (odds-on 4/9 favourite with a number of bookies, including Betway) and has two wins out of two against Swiss opponent Bacsinszky, who is a rank 9/2 outsider to upset the Grand Slam great here.
Serena’s status as 2/11 match favourite can be eased somewhat by taking 1/2 with Sky Bet for her to earn victory without dropping a set; something she’s done in both previous battles with Bacsinszky.
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
Prior to his quarter-final victory over ‘the King of Clay’, only one other man had beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open besides men’s world number one Djokovic. As a result, he is now a best-price of 7/20 with Titanbet to take the one Grand Slam that’s missing from his honours.
Now the Serbian star faces Andy Murray, a man he holds seven victories in a row against since losing in the 2013 Wimbledon final to the Briton. Djokovic has never suffered defeat on clay to the Scot, and is thus a firm odds-on match favourite at a best-price of 1/5 with Coral.
Murray (4/1 with various bookies to reach the final, and a top-price of 7/1 to win the French Open) looks likely to go down in four sets, if his last two Grand Slam meetings with this opponent are any indicator. Back Djokovic, then, to win 3-1 at 13/5 with Sky Bet.
Stan Wawrinka v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Although Swiss number two Wawrinka holds a 3-2 head-to-head advantage over French Open home hope Tsonga on clay, this has been a remarkable run to the semis for the latter.
Coming through thrilling fixtures with Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori, both ranked in the top six by the ATP, shows Tsonga to be battle-hardened. Wawrinka may be odds-on match favourite, but Tsonga is tasty at top odds of 21/10 with BetVictor to reach the final.