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French Open Odds: Day 1 Preview and Picks

French Open Odds: Day 1 Preview and Picks

French Open Odds: Day 1 Preview and Picks
By Bill Cloutier

Opening day at the French Open has an abbreviated schedule, thanks to the French Federation trying to take advantage of the weekend, and lacks intriguing matches.

Nevertheless, here a couple of matches worth looking at, even if the players aren't high profile:

No. 52 Gilles Muller (-114) vs. No. 122 Igor Sijsling (+103)

Muller might be 70 spots in advance of the Dutchman and Sijsling is playing his first French Open main draw, but if No. 122 beating No. 52 is an upset, I'll take it. Sijsling has played only one ATP main draw match this year, losing it, but he's also won a couple of Challengers and looked good against some Top-100 players.

Muller hasn't played in the French Open since 2009, when he went out in the first round for the third time in three starts at Roland Garros. The big left-handed server from Luxembourg has a very ordinary ground game against a no-namer with all-round skills.

Pick: Sijsling

No. 92 Mathilde Johansson (-113) vs. No. 101 Anastasia Rodionova (+102)

This match features a pair of very good looking émigrés - Johansson a Swedish-born French citizen playing a Russian-born Aussie. These players will always be hovering around the No. 100 ranking, but both have begun to play better in recent weeks, giving bettors a very tight match.

Johansson had wins over Shahar Peer and Petra Cetkovska in late April in Fes and, on that performance, has a slight edge. Rodionova leads the head-to-head series 1-0, but they haven't played since 2009.

Pick: Johansson

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