#2 Rafael Nadal

#5 Robin Soderling

Last year, Robin Soderling shocked the world by becoming the first (and only) man to ever beat Rafael Nadal in the French Open. This year, the two renew their rivalry on the grandest stage in Paris in the French Open betting finale.

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Soderling has suddenly played in back-to-back French Open finals. Last year, he ran out of gas in this stage, losing in straight sets to Roger Federer. A first round exit in the Australian Open this year really made a lot of tennis betting enthusiasts wonder if the Swede was incredibly overrated. All of the naysayers are thinking twice now! The first two rounds of this event were totally dominant for Soderling, as he blew past Laurent Recouderc and Taylor Dent in straight sets, dropping just seven games in the two matches. The task got significantly harder in a hurry with Spaniard Albert Montanes, as Soderling needed four sets to dispose of him. #10 Marin Cilic dropped in straight sets in the fourth round, setting up the rematch with Federer. Four sets later, Soderling was once again a hero, as he captured the second, third, and fourth stanzas to eliminate the defending champion. In the semifinals, #15 Tomas Berdych forced four sets, but ultimately was defeated 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

And then there's Rafa. The "King of the Clay Courts" had won this event four straight times from 2005-2008 before losing in last year's fourth round in arguably one of the greatest upsets that the sport has ever seen. In short, the only way to describe Nadal's performance in this tournament has been dominant. He has yet to drop a set in this tournament and has only needed three tiebreakers to get the job done. Only one other time did he need to get to seven games to win a set. Nadal has won eight sets by two breaks in this tournament as well. It's not like this has been a completely lackluster field that he has gone up against either. Nadal has disposed of #28 Lleyton Hewitt, #24 Thomaz Bellucci, #19 Nicolas Almagro, and #22 Jurgen Melzer.

My, how things change in a year! Soderling went from a +3000 underdog to one that is "just" +300. Still, Nadal is known as the king for a reason, and he'll prove it again in what will probably be a straight sets victory on Sunday at Paris.

Selection: Rafael Nadal -350 at BetPhoenix