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Rafael Nadal to win 3-1 is odds of 11/4 with William Hill, we say it's a great bet, even a top tip!

This familiar picture sould be seen again on Sunday: Rafael Nadal lifting the French Open title.

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French Open Final: Rafael Nadal Vs David Ferrer

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Sunday 9th June 2013: 2pm

After demonstrating to Novak Djokovic that he is the man when it comes to conquering clay, Rafael Nadal must now best his fellow countryman David Ferrer to continue his quite frankly ludicrous record on the Roland Garros courts. Nadal has won seven out of the last eight French Open tournaments, and if he beats Ferrer, he will have won the last four in a row. All signs point to a commanding and brutal performance from Nadal, as he looks to continue to assert his authority on the Parisian clay.

De Nada for Nadal

Unlike on Friday, where we saw Nadal and Djokovic fight out a thrilling five-set match, many bookies have Nadal at odds-on to win in three sets. The best value for this likely outcome can be found with Betfair, who will offer you 4/5.

However, if you think Ferrer has at least one set in him, then the odds for a four set match are quite handsome. BetVictor are offering 23/10 on the match lasting four sets. Combine this with William Hill's offer of 11/4 on Nadal to win 3-1, and if it comes off, you could be in for some decent profit.

Games galore, or not?

If you really fancy Nadal to steamroller this one, then Paddy Power are offering 6/5 on there being under 33.5 games. It is a long-shot: Ferrer is still a worthy opponent, but the form Nadal is in when on the Roland Garros courts means nothing can be off the cards.

Another cheeky tip that we like is William Hill's offer of 4/1 on Nadal winning 7 games in the first set. Ferrer should come out fighting in the first, meaning Nadal might have to win that amount to take the set. At 4/1, the profit if it comes through is worth the chance. 

Champion comeback on the cards?

If you think Ferrer has the skill to win the first set, Ladbrokes are offering big odds of 5/1 on Nadal losing the first set and winning the match. As stated earlier, if Ferrer comes out fighting in the first, he could catch Rafa off-guard and nick himself a set. Nadal's quality should win out in the end, but you can bet Ferrer will be determined to make a mark in one of the biggest games of his career.

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