You won’t find a happier man in tennis than Nadal this morning
Rafael Nadal would have awoken with a huge smile on his face this morning and Monte Carlo should prepare for a Rafa attack with Djokovic on the sidelines.
Nadal is the 1/3 favourite to win the Monte Carlo Masters and his dominance is as such that the Spaniard is already 4/11 to win in the French Open betting.
Jarkko Nieminem has the daunting task of facing Nadal in his first game of the clay court season and with Nadal priced up at 1/100 to beat the Fin, a Nieminem win (16/1) can be forgotten.
Nadal will get his defence of the Monte Carlo Masters title off to a winning start but for punters looking for betting value, there’s plenty to be found in the Monte Carlo Masters.
Tommy Robredo vs Fernando Verdasco
This all-Spanish clash is arguably the tie of the second round and while Verdasco is ranked 21 places higher than his fellow countryman, Robredo looks the bet of the day at 8/11 to beat Verdasco.
Robredo holds a 5-4 head-to-head advantage over Verdasco but it’s his record on clay – three wins from three ties – that stands him out as a great Monte Carlo Masters bet.
Robredo relishes the clay surface having won a tournament and reached a semi-final in his last two tournaments on the red-stuff, but he’ll have to battle and backing him to win 2-1 at 11/4 seems the best choice.
Jurgen Melzer vs Robin Haase
On paper this should be a simple win for Melzer at 4/7, but Haase has plenty of clay court form and the Dutch youngster could upset a few odds-on punters later today at 5/4.
The two have met once before – on the Austrian clay-courts – and Melzer shaded that one 2-1, but Haase won a couple of minor clay tournaments last year and the Dutchman is worth a punt at 10/3 to win 2-1, especially after dumping Nicolai Davydenko out in the first round.
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