It’s the third ATP World Masters tournament of the season this week, as the clay court season gets under way at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Clay court expert Rafael Nadal is the bookies’ early favourite to lift the title, although Novak Djokovic, who has already won the first two Masters events this season, will surely be in contention come next Sunday.
Nadal and Djokovic Favourites
Nadal won this title an incredible eight seasons on the trot before Djokovic ended the streak last season, and this fully explains why he’s currently priced as 4/5 favourite with Coral to lift the title again this year.
The Spaniard will be rubbing his hands in anticipation as the clay court season gets into full swing, a surface he’s more at home on than anyone else on tour, lifting five titles on the surface last season.
After beating the now retired Guillermo Coria here back in 2005, Nadal has gone onto defeat the likes of Roger Federer, Fernando Verdasco David Ferrer and Djokovic twice to win the title a further seven times but a 6-2, 7-6 win from the Serb last year ended the impeccable run.
And as previously mentioned, Djokovic has looked extremely dangerous in the two ATP 1000 events this season, winning both the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Masters tournaments back in March.
He beat Nadal 6-3, 6-3 in the final in Miami, in a final line-up which is more than likely to be repeated this week. Djokovic is currently best-priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power to defend his title.
Monte Carlo Masters Outrights
If you fancy betting on any of the outsiders, then Roger Federer is currently the next shortest priced player in the outright betting. This title is just about one of the only major tournaments that has eluded him so far, mainly down to the efforts of Federer, and he is available at 12/1 with SkyBet to win it this week.
Stanislas Wawrinka has done little since winning his first Grand Slam earlier this season at the Australian Open, and he’s currently available at 22/1 with SkyBet.
SkyBet also offer the best odds on David Ferrer, who won the Copa Claro in Argentina back in February, at 28/1.
Monte Carlo Masters Match Betting
Fabio Fognini is the only seed to be involved in first round action on Monday morning as he faces Portugal’s Joao Sousa. The Italian won the Royal Guard Open earlier this season in Chile and is 2/11 favourite with Boylesports to win the match whilst Sousa is best priced at 21/5 with Bet Victor. Watch this match live on Sky Sports 3 from 11am on Monday.
Sky Sports 3 will be providing live coverage throughout the tournament, starting from 9:30am, and you can watch bonus matches via the red button.
Make sure you check out the full match list of Monte Carlo Masters odds here at BritBets. Follow the same link for the latest match odds from this week’s WTA event in Malaysia.
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