The clay season is in full swing ahead of this week’s ATP 1000 event in Madrid, as the world’s top players step up their preparations for the French Open which starts at the end of the month.
Although Rafael Nadal is the traditional king of clay, he’s only won the tournament twice in its current guise (once also in 2005 when it was held indoors).
In recent times the title has been shared amongst the world’s top players with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Madrid Open Men’s Outrights Betting
It is Nadal though who begins as the bookies’ favourite to win the tournament, having tasted success here at his home event 12 months ago, beating Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets in the final.
However, the world number one hasn’t had the best of clay court seasons so far, with quarter-final exits at both the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open a few weeks ago. He’s priced at 11/8 with Totesport.
With 2011 champion Novak Djokovic withdrawing from the event on Sunday afternoon with a recurring wrist injury, Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka is currently priced as second favourite for the title.
After winning his maiden Grand Slam title in Australia back in January, the Swiss has had a good start to the clay court season, by winning the Monte Carlo Masters three weeks ago. He’s best priced at 5/1 with Bet 365.
Roger Federer has won the title here in Madrid on three occasions, and he was the defeated finalist in the last Masters event, being beaten by compatriot Wawrinka. Bet 365 offer the best odds of 8/1 on him securing the title again.
Andy Murray, winner here in 2008 enjoys his first outing since Great Britain’s Davis Cup defeat to Italy in April and he’s still to find a replacement for coach Ivan Lendl as they went their separate ways earlier this year. After a non-descript start to the season, he’s down at eighth in the world rankings, his lowest position for five years. Bet Victor offer odds of 33/1.
Live coverage of this tournament is available all week on Sky Sports 3.
Madrid Open Women’s Outright Betting
The WTA Tour also stops off in Madrid this week and defending champion Serena Williams heads into the tournament as the bookies’ favourites. The American has won this title on the last two occasions and is currently best priced at 6/4 with Betfred.
She beat Maria Sharapova in the final last year and the Russian looks in good form after clinching the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart a few weeks ago. She’s currently available at 5/1 with Sportingbet.
China’s Li Na reached the final of the last WTA Premier Mandatory event, the Miami Masters, and is best priced at 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
Other names to look out for in the women’s draw this week include fourth seed Simona Halep, priced at 16/1 with Sportingbet, Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, who is available at 25/1 with Betfred and third seed Agnieszka Radwańska, at 28/1 with Coral.
Live coverage from the WTA event is available all week on BT Sport 2.
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