WE’RE at it again.
The big guns are in the game and we’ve run the rule over the day five French Open action and come up with another mega multi in the hope of winning you some cash.
It kicks off with a familiar pair at remarkably short odds.
Novak Djokovic to beat Steve Darcis $1.002
Rafael Nadal to beat Facundo Bagnis $1.002
Tomas Berdych to beat Malek Jaziri $1.04
Milos Raonic to beat Adrian Mannarino $1.05
David Goffin to beat Carlos Berclocq $1.11
Pablo Cuevas to beat Quentin Halys $1.14
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to beat Marcos Baghdatis $1.17
Feleciano Lopez to beat Victor Estrella Burgos $1.33
David Ferrer to beat Juan Monaco $1.33
Multi odds: $2.87 at Sportsbet.com.au
TWO of the biggest stars in world tennis will be in action in the French Open on Thursday night.
And the bookies have both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic about as short as humanly possible.
Each is a ridiculously short $1.002 with Sportsbet.com.au to make it out of the second round, falling just short of death and taxes as absolute certainties.
But knocking over world number 161 Belgian Steve Darcis might be lower on his priority after a controversial week for the Serbian superstar.
He’s now locked in a verbal joust with firebrand Nick Kyrgios, after the young Australian name dropped him while fighting with a chair umpire in the first round.
Kyrgios copped a code violation for yelling “towel” at a ball boy and proceeded to rant and rave at the umpire, comparing his incident to one earlier in the season involving Djokovic.
Djokovic pushed away a match umpire during a match in Rome, earlier this month.
Kyrgios said he reckoned it would have caused a big media circus, had it been him, rather than the World Number One, that pushed the umpire.
But he said Kyrgios should worry about himself and leave his name out of it.
“Well, I saw that. I saw that particular situation that happened in his match,“ Djokovic said.
”What can I say? It’s his choice that he wants to bring it out there.
“I don’t know what he has done.
“I don’t know the nature of his gestures on the court and why he got a code violation, whether or not it was only for the towel or maybe something before that happened.”
“I’m not getting into it. It’s completely his choice.
“So, you know, by mentioning my name, I don’t think it was necessary, but again, I’ve got to respect his choice.”
Translation: Cut the crap and focus on your tennis mate, you’re not in my league yet.
Anyway, the Djoker waltzed into round two with an easy straight sets win over Lu Yen-hsun, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
Don’t expect the result to be any different in this one.
One of the best clay court players of all time, Nadal, should also have no problems making it through.
This guy owns the French Open, with a remarkable nine titles and represents juicy value as the $6.50 third favourite with Sportsbet.com.au
The Djoker is the favourite, but this bloke has won it nine times and only dropped three games on his way to a straight sets victory over Aussie Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.
Little known Argentinean Facundo Bagnis has no hope.
You will get odds akin to bank interest ($1.04) on Czech Tomas Berdych knock over Tunisian Malek Jaziri after he smoked Canadian Vasek Pospisl in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Berdych is the seventh seed and should not have any drama in his first meeting with Jaziri.
Milos Raonic also did it relatively easily in his win over Janko Tipsarovic, claiming it in three, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5), despite having to fight tooth and nail for match point.
Raonic ($1.05) takes on French man Adrian Mannarino, who says the Canadian’s booming serve “could be very painful for me”.
He’s not far off the mark in his assessment. Straight sets and advancement for Raonic.
Twelfth seeded Belgian David Goffin also went through in straight sets over French man Gregoire Barrere, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and we’re expecting him to repeat the dose against Argentine Carlos Berclocq at the skinny odds of $1.11.
Italian Pablo Cuevas took a bit to make it past German Tobias Kamke, coming back from one set down to win through 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to set up a date with Quentin Halys. The French kid has a bright future, but Cuevas has the experience and skill here at $1.14.
Big bustling Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has it a bit tougher against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, but he is $1.17 to win after whacking German Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Cult figure Baghdatis always as a crack, but we expect the Frenchman to be around when the whips are cracking later in the tournament and he should be able to get the job done.
You always need something with a little more value in your multi and we’ve gone with a pair of clay court specialists in Feleciano Lopez to beat Victor Estrella Burgos and David Ferrer to knock over Juan Monaco, both at $1.33.
Number 21 seed Lopez took four sets to dispose of Italian T Fabbiano 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, and, even if Estrella Burgos is the only Dominican ever to crack tennis’ top 100, this match up is lopsided.
Ferrer made it all the way to the final in 2013, before being smoked by the champion Nadal in straight sets, and he is a formidable performer on the clay courts. Monaco is not the worst tennis player going but, all things being equal, he is outmatched in this clash.
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