Three long shots with value at the French Open

May 25, 2013 |
Benoit Paire is on a roll and will have the support of the home crowd at Roland Garros.
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Benoit Paire is on a roll and will have the support of the home crowd at Roland Garros.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Nadal will seek to win his eighth French Open Grand Slam when he takes on the best of the tennis world at Roland Garros.

One look at his French Open resume proves why he’s the undisputed outright favorite (-150), having lost just once in his last 53 matches at the Grand Slam event.

Most bettors know who the obvious competition is for Rafa, so let’s shed some light on three long shots from the men’s draw with value in the outright odds as well as in their respective first-round matchups.

Jerzy Janowicz

Outright: +15,000
First round match: (-175) vs. Albert Ramos (+125)

Janowicz made some noise in the Italian Open after dispatching Top 10 players Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to the quarters. The 22-year-old moves surprisingly well on clay despite his massive six-foot-nine frame and has a history of shocks. The Pole knocked off Andy Murray in a memorable match at the Paris Masters last year.

Benoit Paire

Outright: +25,000
First round match: (-550) vs. Marcos Baghdatis (+350)

Paire is like a fine French wine, he keeps betting with age. The Frenchman has consistently moved up in the men’s rankings in each of his seven professional seasons. Paire was ranked 95th in the world at the end of the 2011 campaign but is now just outside of the Top 25 after defeating three players ranked higher than him in Rome recently. "La Tige," boasts a quality backhand and is one of the more creative players on tour.

John Isner

First round match: (EVEN) vs. Carlos Berlocq -138

Isner is a huge long shot and off many bettors’ radar. The American has struggled at Roland Garros (never advanced past the third round), but had a huge breakthrough on clay earlier this season when he defeated Nicolas Almagro at the 2013 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. Isner’s six-foot-nine frame allows him to unleash one of the most powerful and consistent serves on tour and he’s proved his longevity in Grand Slam events before. Bettors may recall his marathon win at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships over Nicolas Mahut that took a record 11 hours and five minutes to complete.

All odds courtesy of Bet365.
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