Monte Carlo Masters 2018 Betting Preview
April 15, 2018
The Monte Carlo Masters takes place between 15th and 22nd April 2018 and is a 1000 Masters event on the ATP Tour. In addition to being a prestigious tournament in its own right, it is also widely seen as providing a major guide to clay court form ahead of the French Open in May.
The man to beat, this year as in seemingly every other year, is Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has claimed the Monte Carlo Masters title on an incredible 10 occasions, including the last two years and for eight consecutive years from 2005 to 2012.
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The big question mark over the 16-time Grand Slam champion, as ever, is his fitness. He’s not featured on the ATP tour since his Australian Open quarter-final defeat in January, although he has since made a successful return for Spain in the Davis Cup by winning both his singles’ rubbers against Germany.
Novak Djokovic, despite winning the event in 2013 and 2015, has still to find his best form after a hugely unsatisfactory 2017. A disappointing Australian Open has been followed by early exits at Indian Wells and Miami last month, although in fairness he is still recovering after elbow surgery.
There will also be no Roger Federer, who has again decided to skip the clay season to rest his ageing limbs and focus his energies on the grass court events thereafter.
However, the likes of Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Lucas Pouille are all expected to feature in a high-quality field. The man widely seen as being the greatest threat to Nadal’s dominance on clay though is Austria’s Dominic Thiem.
Thiem (who should return from an ankle injury sustained at Indian Wells) has already won the Argentinean Open on clay in 2018 and was the only player to beat Nadal on the red stuff last year. The 24 year-old current world No.7 can also call upon solid credentials at the French Open, where he has been a semi-finalist the last two years.
Another possible contender is the Argentinean Diego Schwartzman. Another clay court specialist, Schwartzman has already claimed the Rio Open (on clay) this year and was a US Open quarter-finalist last year.