The Roland Garros has finally concluded and some of the best tennis players in the world were present on the Parisian clay. Only two were destined to win the singles competitions and everyone expected Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic to lift the trophies.
They were favorites with the bookmakers as well and Expekt had odds twice as high on the American to prevail, but in the end it was the Serbian player that caused the huge disappointment.
Novak Djokovic won all the grand slam tournaments several times and the only one that was missing was the French Open, so the stakes were as high as they get. Meanwhile his opponent from Switzerland caused a string of surprising eliminations in the previous rounds and was obviously not to be underestimated. He knew that there was nothing to lose for him and came out firing on all cylinders, taking plenty of chances.
Wawrinka lost the first set but didn’t let this minor setback have a deterring effect on his resolve and he continued to play aggressive tennis. Novak Djokovic was unable to play at his top-level and as a result allowed the opponent to take control of the match, until it was too late for him to recover.
Stan was propelled to victory by his phenomenal backhand and his first serve also worked brilliantly, leaving the Serbian to wait for at least one more year for a chance to win the trophy.
In the ladies competition, Serena Williams cruised to the finals but she didn’t have a smooth ride, as she lost numerous sets. More than once she had to claw her way back in the race after losing the first set but she never gave up and confirmed her favorite status. Extremely powerful, highly motivated and capable of maintaining her composure during difficult moments, she outlasted opponents to win yet another grand slam tournament and narrow the gap separating her from Steffi Graf.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are now preparing for Wimbledon and will soon make the transition to grass, in a bid of enhancing their collection of trophies. Once again they are the top favorites to prevail in London but as the French Open prove beyond reasonable doubt their competitors are strong and very motivated. Placing ante-post wagers and then betting as a tournament begins is a great way of hedging against risks while locking in on top value.