The French Open is now underway for another year and our focus is on the third quarters in both the men’s and women’s draw in search of tournament profit.
A £10 win double on these two selections will return £64.80.
Simona Halep to win the third quarter of the women’s draw @ 1.80
Halep is a former junior champion at Roland Garros and has unfinished business at the French Open, after losing the final last year in a deciding third set to Maria Sharapova in what would have been a maiden Grand Slam success.
This was a big step for the Romanian after going out in the opening round in three of the four years previous.
Halep has stated that she is a better player now than last year, with superior mental strength and being more physically stronger too. She was already one of the best movers on the women’s circuit.
The 23-year-old is already a three-time winner in 2015, albeit all on hard courts, but Halep showed when reaching the semi-finals in Rome in her last tournament that she is well on the road back from a minor back injury that slowed down her season slightly.
Although the likes of Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic and Ekaterina Makarova are in her quarter of the draw, she has avoided the real power hitters and this can work to her advantage.
Tomas Berdych to win the third quarter of the men’s draw @ 3.60
It’s fair to say that it has taken Berdych a while to get to grips with the demands of clay. In his first eight appearances at the French Open, he failed to get beyond round two on six occasions.
However, improvement has been noticeable in recent years. He reached the fourth round in 2012, lost in the first round in the following year in a five-set thriller to Gael Monfils and then made the quarter finals 12 months ago.
The Czech’s quarter of the draw looks fairly straightforward, with his chief threat sure to be last year’s US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, who is odds-on to win the quarter.
Only Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have beaten the Japanese player on clay this season, but it is a concern that he has never been past the fourth round at Roland Garros.
Berdych’s record on clay this season is solid too, losing in three sets to Djokovic in Monte Carlo, then to Rafael Nadal in Madrid and Roger Federer in Rome.
On this surface Berdych and Nishikori have only met once before with the former also coming out on top, which could be significant if they progress to face each other for a spot in the quarter finals.
Given the difference in their odds to win the third quarter, it is hard not to side with Berdych as the value bet.