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French Open Men’s singles preview: Murray given tough half of draw

Murray preview the clay court event at Roland Garros, where Nadal, Djokovic and Murray are in the same half

British hope Andy Murray has been handed a tough run for the upcoming French Open, as he has been drawn in the same half as 10/11 tournament favourite (with Paddy Power) Novak Djokovic and nine-time winner Rafael Nadal (9/2).

Luckily for the Scot (10/1 best bet with Boylesports), though, he will only have to face one of the latter trio, as they are scheduled to meet in the semis.

Murray’s run to the final will likely consist of facing a qualifier, then Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, followed by exciting Australian Nick Kyrgios and giant American John Isner. In the latter stages, slick Spaniard David Ferrer could await him, and Roger Federer is a possible final opponent.

Scotsman Murray is currently in the form of his life, particularly on clay, having claimed his first two titles on the surface in quick succession with the German and Madrid Opens.

Swiss all-time great Federer, meanwhile, has done well to avoid the other top three stars, and is a very tempting 12/1 shout with Coral to win his second French Open.

His threats to the final, though, will likely come from the likes of compatriot Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori.

Djokovic quite rightly is the one to beat here, however, despite never winning the French Open before. The eight-time Grand Slam champion recently won the prestigious Rome Masters event, which had an all-star field, consisting of Federer, Nadal and Murray too.

While Nadal is the five-time defending champion at Roland Garros, losing just once ever in 10 years playing here, the bookies don’t fancy him to make it an unprecedented 10th title for the superstar Spaniard.

He has looked back to his best in some matches this clay season, but was destroyed by Murray in the Madrid Masters final and Wawrinka in the quarters in Rome.

Elsewhere, there is surprise British interest from Aljaz Bedene, who was only granted citizenship in March 2015. The Ljubljana-born 25-year-old, who previously represented his home country Slovenia, is the world number 77 and faces Austrian Dominic Thiem first up.

While Bedene is yet to make it past the first round of any Grand Slam event, but could potentially meet Gael Monfils in the third round and Federer in the fourth.

Betting tip: Nadal win French Open @ 9/2 with Paddy Power

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