Tennis Rolex Monte Carlo Masters Preview and Picks
Okay, tennis betting buffs, the 2018 clay court season is officially underway and with that, the 2018 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 tournament is here! The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, which celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2016, is the first of three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay. The tournament is a player and fans favorite because of its magnificent location, the surrounding dining and nightlife and the Monte Carlo Country Club’s longstanding history. Now, let’s take a look at some of the candidates to win this year’s event. Don’t forget to check the Tennis odds on a daily basis for possible changes on each series.
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What: Monte-Carlo Masters
Where: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France.
When: April 14- 22, 2018.
Category: Masters 1000
Surface: Clay, outdoors
Draw: 56S / 28Q / 24D
Prize money: €4,273,775 (2017)
No. 1 Seed – Rafael Nadal
Nadal is 24-1 on clay since 2016 and he has won 10 titles at the event, including an Open-Era record eight successive titles between 2005-2012. Nadal has won this title in each of the last two years with Novak Djokovic winning in 2015 and Stan Wawrinka taking the title in 2014.
With Nadal, we know he’s the ‘King of Clay’ but the question now is…’Is he fit enough to win it again with several other players now having some major game on clay? If he needs any motivation, he probably knows he needs to win here and to defend his titles in Barcelona and Madrid or World No. 2 Roger Federer will climb back to No.1 despite being on vacation.
No. 2 Seed – Marin Cilic
Cilic is 14-5 on the year without any titles, but he did reach the Finals of the Australian Open before losing to Federer in a semi-epic battle. Since then, however, he hasn’t made it past the Round of 16 anywhere.
No. 3 Seed – Alexander Zverev
Zverev is 14-6 on the year with zero titles but he took Nadal to three sets on clay in their Davis Cup matchup last week and also captured the Rome in 2017 to become the youngest Masters 1000 winner in a decade.
No. 4 Seed – Grigor Dimitrov
Dimitrov is a modest 11-6 on the year and he also hasn’t won a title. After making the finals at Rotterdam opposite Federer, he’s failed to get past the Round of 32 at each of his last three tournaments.
No. 5 Seed – Dominic Thiem
Thiem is an amazing 55-13 on clay since the beginning of 2016 with wins over all members of the quartet formerly known as the Big Four, including two over Nadal and a takedown of Djokovic at Roland Garros last season. Thiem is 17-4 on the year with a title at the Argentina Open on clay in February.
No. 6 Seed – David Goffin
Goffin is just 7-4 on the year with no titles, but he did reach the semis at Rotterdam.
No. 7 Seed – Lucas Pouille
Pouille is 13-5 on the year with one title at the Open Sud de France while also making the finals of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille while also reaching the finals in Dubai. Pouille also won both of his Davis Cup matches against Italy the last week.
No. 8 Seed – Pablo Carreño Busta
Carreño Busta is an uninspiring 10-7 on the year with no titles, although he did reach the semis in Miami opposite Zverev.
No. 9 Seed – Novak Djokovic
After parting ways with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, Djokovic, the former World No.1 is back with former coach Marian Vajda looking to get back to being the best player on the planet. Djokovic has had a strange – and humbling – season and looks like he’s getting desperate to get back to being the dominant player that he was just a couple of years ago. However, since the 2016 U.S. Open final, Djokovic has failed to get past the quarterfinals in three majors. Oh, and once again, there are a bunch of young guns on tour now that can beat any player in the world on any given day and they’re all still improving.
No. 10 Seed – Diego Schwartzman
The 5’7” Schwartzman is 14-7 on the year with one title at Rio de Janeiro where he beat Fernando Verdasco (6-2, 6-3) in the finals after beating Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals.