Novak Djokovic is just one match away from completing a career Grand Slam, with Stan Wawrinka the only man left standing in his way at the French Open.
The number one seed, who is also aiming to take the second step on a possible 2015 Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open, is heavy 17/100 favourite to win at Roland Garros.
However, Wawrinka, who is 19/4 to claim his second major title, will not make it easy on Djokovic, and we’re expecting the match to go right to the wire.
The match to go to five sets @ 17/5
The pair have become frequent sparring partners at tennis’ biggest events in recent years, and their matches have a habit of going long.
Of their five Grand Slam meetings since 2012, the last four have gone to five sets, with the only one that didn’t stopping early due to Wawrinka’s retirement.
Djokovic only dropped three sets in winning the Australian Open earlier this season, and two of those were to Wawrinka in the semi-finals. The Swiss player can be expected to keep the crowd interested.
Wawrinka to win the first set @ 11/5
With Djokovic forced into a fifth set by Andy Murray in the semi-final, and having to play the final stages of that match on Saturday due to adverse weather, a sluggish start from the favourite could well be on the cards.
Wawrinka has won the first set in two of their past four clashes at Grand Slams, and has been flying out of the blocks in Paris this year, easily winning the opening set of his matches against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer.
Djokovic to win 3-2 @ 23/4
Wawrinka might push him close, but there’s a reason Djokovic is such a heavy favourite for the final, and it’s worth backing the world number one to prevail in the final set.
Djokovic has won 17 of the pair’s 20 past clashes, including three five-set victories in Grand Slams.
The Serbian has also won 28 matches in a row, and is undefeated on clay this season. Wawrinka might blast his way to a couple of sets, but Djokovic will prove unstoppable in the end.