2012 Men’s French Open Bracket: Federer vs. Djokovic, Nadal vs. Ferrer

Last Updated: June 7th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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There are just four players that are left on the men’s side of the French Open draw, and here at Bankroll Sports, we are analyzing the four players that are left standing and see how they are going to fare on the 2012 French Open betting lines.

2012 Men’s French Open Predictions & Info
2012 French Open Dates: Sunday, May 27th – Sunday, June 10th, 2012
2012 French Open Location: Roland Garros, Paris, France
Defending Men’s French Open Winner: Rafael Nadal
2012 French Open TV Schedule & Live French Open TV Coverage: ESPN2, Tennis Channel, NBC

With a record now of 50-1, it is impossible to think that there is any way we could bet against Rafael Nadal (Favorite To Win French Open: 1 to 2.80 at 5Dimes Sportsbook). Nadal hasn’t lost a set here at Roland Garros this year, and that’s not a shock for a man that has won this title six times and is just two matches away from breaking Bjorn Borg’s record for the most French Open titles in the Open Era. The Spaniard also has had the draw open up for him, and he is a -1150 favorite on the French Open odds in his semifinal match. It is clear that this is still the King of the Clay Courts, and with Andy Murray out of the way, there really is just one match that should be left for Nadal to play of any note before he claims that seventh title.

The man that is going to be trying his best to get past Nadal is another fellow Spaniard David Ferrer (Odds To Win French Open: 19 to 1 at 5Dimes Sportsbook). Ferrer knows that he is up against it in this one, but he was up against it versus Murray as well. It only took four sets for Ferrer to dispose of the Brit, and now, he is in the semifinals of a Grand Slam event for just the second time in his career. Of course, this is probably the end of the road for Ferrer, knowing that he is going to be a tremendous underdog against Nadal, and it is difficult for him to overcome that outrageous 50-1 record that Nadal has here at Roland Garros.

List Of Past Men’s French Open Winners (Since 2000)
2011 – Rafael Nadal
2010 – Rafael Nadal
2009 – Roger Federer
2008 – Rafael Nadal
2007 – Rafael Nadal
2006 – Rafael Nadal
2005 – Rafael Nadal
2004 – Gaston Gaudio
2003 – Juan Carlos Ferrero
2002 – Albert Costa
2001 – Gustavo Kuerten
2000 – Gustavo Kuerten

On the other end of the bracket sits Roger Federer (2012 Men’s French Open Tennis Odds: 10.17 to 1 at 5Dimes Sportsbook). At the outset of this tournament, Federer was just 11 to 1, so as you can see, nothing really has changed in spite of the fact that he has made it into the semifinals of the French Open. The problem for Federer is that he has had a very tough road to get to this point. The master of the Grand Slam events needed five sets to get past Juan Martin Del Potro, and now he has to deal with the best player in the world right now and then the man known as the King of the Clay Courts. Federer is still a fantastic player, but at this point in his career, he is clearly in that second tier of players. He is going to need to be at his best to beat Djokovic for the second straight year in the French Open semifinals, and then likely Nadal, a man that he has never beaten in the French Open.

And that brings up to the No. 1 ranked player in the world, Novak Djokovic (2012 Men’s French Open Tennis Betting Lines: 4.24 to 1 at 5Dimes Sportsbook). Djokovic has won three straight Grand Slam titles. He would be one of the few to ever have a career Grand Slam, but it would be even more impressive if he were to end up with all four of the Grand Slam titles at the same time. We were saying this about Federer for quite some time. His career wasn’t going to be validated until he won here at Roland Garros. Now, Djokovic is in the same boat. Granted, he has quite some time to get this last leg of the Grand Slam, but it would be awesome to see him get the job done here. Getting past Federer on the clay courts would be part of career validation, but beating Nadal in a French Open finale, who has never been beaten in a French Open final, who ensure that the Serb is known as the best of his generation.

2012 Men’s Odds To Win The French Open @ 5Dimes Sportsbook (as of 6/7/12):
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Rafael Nadal Wins French Open -280
Field Wins French Open +240

Novak Djokovic Wins French Open +424
Field Wins French Open -547

Roger Federer Wins French Open +1017
Field Wins French Open -1533

David Ferrer Wins French Open +1900
Field Wins French Open -3800

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