Nadal Favourite For 10th French Title

Tennis Preview: Nadal Favourite For 10th French Title

2017-06-10
Preview of the men’s singles final at the French Open.

Rafael Nadal is the clear favourite to win an unprecedented 10th French Open title on Sunday when he faces Stan Wawrinka in the men’s final at Roland Garros.

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The Spaniard continued his romp through the draw with a 6-3 6-4 6-0 victory over Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.

Nadal is yet to drop a set and has lost just 29 games in six matches – his lowest tally ever and the least since Bjorn Borg in 1978.

Now only Wawrinka remains between the 31-year-old and another record as the first man to reach double digits at a single slam.

After beating Thiem, Nadal said: “Nine or 10, it's only 10 per cent more. It's true that 10 is a beautiful number, but actually my favourite is nine. But for sure it becomes 10.

“I think I don't make more history. It's enough. Nine is more than good. Today is not the moment to think about that. It's the moment I have to be very happy.

“I've played a very good event, all the matches playing well. Today was not an exception. I started a little bit more nervous today than normal, but then I played well.

“In general, to be in the final again here of probably the most important event in my career, it means a lot to me. I'm just very, very happy for everything, and I'm going to try my best on Sunday.”

Nadal is 23/20 to win in straight sets again, 13/5 to triumph in four sets or 11/2 to win in a decider.

Wawrinka, meanwhile, is 23/5 to complete one of the toughest tests in sport – beating Nadal on the Paris clay.

Nadal has never lost a final at Roland Garros but Wawrinka has won all of his previous three slam finals, including against the Spaniard at the Australian Open in 2014.

While Nadal has eased through to the final, Wawrinka could still be feeling the effects of a brutal semi-final against Andy Murray.

Murray ended Wawrinka's reign as champion in the semi-finals 12 months ago but the Swiss gained revenge as he triumphed 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7/3) 6-1 after four hours and 34 minutes.

Wawrinka was very happy with the way he stayed mentally in the match and felt Murray was not the same opponent he faced 12 months ago.

“I was trying to focus on my game,” he said. “I knew I had some good chances in the first set, in the third set also. I'm really happy to find a way how to win the match.”

Facing Nadal will be a much tougher task and Wawrinka can be backed at 19/25 just to win at least one set. He is 9/4 to win at least two sets and 13/1 to again triumph in a decider.