With his straight sets victory over Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal wrapped up a remarkable 10th French Open success – and became the first man in the open era to win the same Grand Slam tournament 10 times.
The 31-year-old took his overall Grand Slam tally to 15 – three behind Roger Federer – and rewarded punters who have backed his price in from a 2017 peak of 7/1 with Stan James prior to the Australian Open. Nadal’s return to form in Melbourne, where he was beaten by Federer in the final, saw his price swiftly cut for Roland Garros, but the King of Clay could still be backed at 2/1 after winning the Monte Carlo Masters back in April.
Next up it’s the grass of Wimbledon, where Nadal will start fourth in the betting. He is twice a winner at the All England Club (2008 & 2010), but has won only 5 matches since reaching his last final there in 2011. That perhaps explains why Betfred stood firm by their price of 12/1 even as Nadal was cruising to victory in the French Open, before joining others in cutting him to 7s. That’s some way shorter than his January price, when he was 33/1 with Stan James ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam.