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Friday 22 August 2014

Nadal and Murray final just the ticket for Wimbledon

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09:  Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy as he celebrates after the men's singles final against David Ferrer of Spain during day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy as he celebrates after the men's singles final against David Ferrer of Spain during day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
*** BESTPIX *** PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point during the Men's Singles final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point during the Men's Singles final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point in the men's singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 7, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

After the usual suspects dominated the French Open tennis, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will take all the beating at Wimbledon in a couple of weeks time.

Nadal made history in becoming the first to win the same Grand Slam eight times and is 7/1 to reign supreme at Roland Garros for the next three years which is most likely barring accident.

He's already odds-on (8/11) for a ninth French crown next year.

The 27-year-old Spaniard has bagged two Wimbledon titles and is a big price at 3/1 for a third.

The reason for that is he's expected to be seeded number five which would see him in the same half of the draw as defending champion Roger Federer and 15/8 favourite Novak Djokovic.

But he'll have to overcome them at some point anyway and if he's in the final, it's likely to be Andy Murray on the other side of the net.

Murray, 4/1 with Paddy Power for his first Wimbledon success, has fitness worries which ruled him out of the French event but provided he overcomes this problem, has an excellent chance of appearing in his second successive final.

At half the odds each-way i.e. to be walking out on to the Centre Court on the last day, such a bet is more than worth thinking about.

But I'd rather be with Nadal, winner of seven of nine tournaments since returning from a seven-month absence.

He's back on top of his game and at 12/1 to land a treble Grand Slam this year by winning Wimbledon and the US Open, is sure to attract plenty of backers at 12/1.

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