Gearing up for France in the BMW
In tennis, especially for the top players, every tournament seems to be a case of gearing up for the next major and next on the horizon is Roland Garros. Novak and Nadal are the two clear favourites for Paris. It will be difficult to break past these two great players but these tournaments will show us who can do it. The tennis will be as high-quality and exciting as ever and without some big names a chance for others to shine before the showdown in Paris.
The Scot had a very respectable run to the final of the Australian Open only to be demolished by Djokovic. Andy has clearly been hurting from this and is without a title win this calendar year. This is his shot to get back into form and back in with a chance of winning Roland Garros which he has never really been close to winning. Clay success has eluded the Brit, but his quality should be too good for this field.
Roberto Bautista Agut
It is strange to tip two players from the same side of the draw to reach the final as it is impossible, so you may be wondering why is Bautista Agut here? The answer is, insurance. Murray is not amazingly strong on clay and there is a reasonable chance he could be knocked out in a shock result. Murray should make it through but this is a just in case bet and Roberto loves this surface.
Ahh, the enigmatic Frenchman who has been in terrific form this year and has made countless semi-finals and finals. He has a lot of quality and a very favourable draw seeded 2nd. Whether he could beat Murray is a doubt, but Monfils loves clay and will have a good tournament. Expect a final spot from the free flowing french ace.