Tennis Betting Preview on the 2018 ATP Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters

Posted by Eric Williams on Friday,April 13, 2018 3:18, EDT in

With the clay court season here, that means one thing tennis betting aficionados: It’s Rafael Nadal’s time of year! However, with the start of the 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters getting underway in just over 48 hours, there’s a big question looming that needs to be answered. Can Rafa continue his mastery of every player on the planet on his favorite surface or will his recent – and apparently increasing – battles with injuries cause him to taste defeat at a tournament he’s won a record number of times?

Let’s take a look at Rafa’s odds of winning his 11th title in Monte Carlo and some of the top seeds that could potentially defeat him.

Tennis Betting Preview on the 2018 ATP Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters

  • Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • When: April 15 – 22 2018
  • Founded: 1897
  • Editions: 111
  • Category: Masters 1000
  • Surface: Clay, outdoors
  • Prize money: €4,273,775

Current ATP Top 10

  • 1-Rafael Nadal
  • 2-Roger Federer
  • 3-Marin Cilic
  • 4-Alexander Zverev
  • 5-Grigor Dimitrov
  • 6-Juan Martín Del Potro
  • 7-Dominic Thiem
  • 8-Kevin Anderson
  • 9-John Isner
  • 10-David Goffin

The Favorites

No. 1 Seed – Rafael Nadal

Nadal has only lost one clay once since 2016. he’s also won an insane 10 titles in Monte Carlo, including an Open-Era record eight straight between 2005-2012. Nadal has won this title in each of the last two years, but Novak Djokovic won in 2015 and Stan Wawrinka did the same in 2014.

Will Nadal be fit enough to overcome his own body? Will he bit fit enough to overcome some of the other players on tour now that have versatile games to fit any surface? Only time will tell, but he’s the Tennis Betting favorite for a reason!

No. 2 Seed – Marin Cilic

Cilic has gone 14-5 on the year and he hasn’t won any titles. More importantly, ever since he suffered that loss to Roger Federer in the Aussie Open finals, he looks a bit lost and hasn’t made it past the Round of 16 anywhere.

No. 3 Seed – Alexander Zverev

Sascha Zverev is 14-6 on the year and while he hasn’t claimed any titles, the gifted youngster did extend Nadal to three sets on clay in their Davis Cup matchup last week and also won the Rome Masters 1000 in 2017 to become the youngest Masters winner in a decade.

No. 4 Seed – Grigor Dimitrov

After making the finals at Rotterdam opposite Federer, Dimitrov has failed to get past the Round of 32 at each of his last three tournaments, which is why he’s just 11-6 on the year with no titles.

No. 5 Seed – Dominic Thiem

Thiem is the guy that everyone believes will become the best clay court player in the world when Rafa hangs it up. The sweet-swinging Austrian has gone 55-13 on clay since the beginning of 2016 and has beaten each member of the Big Four, including two wins over Nadal and a stunning win over Djokovic at Roland Garros last season. Thiem is 17-4 on the year and won the Argentina Open on clay in February.

No. 6 Seed – David Goffin

Goffin reached the semis at Rotterdam, but he’s also in the midst of an uninspiring season in which he’s gone 7-4 no titles.

No. 7 Seed – Lucas Pouille

Pouille won the Open Sud de France and made the finals of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille and Dubai. Pouille also won both of his Davis Cup matches against Italy last week and is a solid 13-5 on the year.

No. 8 Seed – Pablo Carreño Busta

Carreño Busta reached the semis in Miami opposite Zverev, but he’s struggled mightily with his consistency this season (10-7).

No. 9 Seed – Novak Djokovic

Djokovic is in the midst of a strange 2018 season. he’s just 3-3 and has lost his last three matches while losing to Taro Daniel (who?) and the unheralded Benoit Paire in his last two matches.

Novak Djokovic is among the Tennis Betting favorites to win at Monte Carlo.

Now, he’s gone back to former coach Marian Vajda (smart move) after parting ways with both, Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek. Basically, Djokovic looks lost to me right now.

No. 10 Seed – Diego Schwartzman

The 5’7” Schwartzman is the biggest little man on the ATP World Tour these days (sorry David Ferrer). he’s gone 14-7 on the year and won the title at Rio de Janeiro while beating notable – and much bigger stars, Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals and Fernando Verdasco (6-2, 6-3) in the finals.

Expert Tennis Betting Prediction

I’m going with the big upset here. Not only does Rafael Nadal not win the title in Monte Carlo this year, but he doesn’t even make the finals. I’m going with Alexander Zverev over Dominic Thiem in a thrilling three-setter!

Pick: Sascha Zverev