This may sound disrespectful to whoever wins the other semi-final between David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In fact it is but if Novak Djokovic can’t beat Rafael Nadal on clay we don’t think Tsonga and Ferrer don’t stand much of a chance.
In an absolute cracking semi-final at Roland Garros which see-sawed back and forth, Rafael Nadal showed the fighting qualities which have made him the most successful clay court player of all-time. He looked to have Djokovic beaten when he swept the third set 6-1 but the Serbian world number one battled back. He then led 4-2 in the final set but he of the giant left-arm dug in to win a five set thriller 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-9.
We’re so confident that Nadal has his 8th French Open title in the bag that we’re paying out over £300,000 on the Spaniard to win outright. Before the second semi-final even started. This applies to single bets only.
We have a history of paying out early. This year we paid out on Manchester United to win the Premier League back in February and we paid out on Rangers to win the Scottish Third Division back in January.
We don’t always get it right though. Last year we paid out early on Harry Redknapp to be the next English manager. In 2009 and we paid out Tiger Woods to win the Open only for YE Yang to take the trophy and after Stoke lost their first Premier League game after being promoted in 2007 we paid out on them to be relegated. Much to our embarrassment and the ire of the Stoke fans – they weren’t.
Have we made a smart call this time? We’ll find out on Sunday.