David Ferrer takes on American Donald Young in the French Open later and the veteran Spaniard should be able to get through without dropping a set.
At 35-years-old, time is no longer on Ferrer’s side and he’s been handed a fairly tough draw so his chances of going deep in Paris look fairly slim but he should at least be able to navigate his first round assignment with relative ease.
Young can be a handy player on occasion but clay is by far and away his least favourite surface. The 27-year-old has lost all three of his matches on clay this season without taking a set, including a 2-0 loss to world number 67 Hyeon Chung in Lyon in the build-up to the second Grand Slam of the year.
Young has lost five clay court matches in a row without taking a set and only once in five attempts has he ever managed to progress beyond the first round in Paris. Ferrer may not be at the same level he was when he reached the final four years ago but he is still a clay court specialist and the 20/27 on a 3-0 Ferrer win looks the best bet today in the French Open.
Away from the tennis and there is the small matter of the Championship play-off final today as Huddersfield and Reading face off for a place in the Premier League. With the stakes so high the game really could go either way but these matches have traditionally been tight affairs in recent years so a draw at 21/10 looks the best option, and a 0-0 correct result at 23/4 also appeals.