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2017 Madrid Open Tennis Preview

May 8, 2017

The Madrid Open, also known as the ATP Madrid is an ATP Masters 1000 Event played on the red-clay courts at Park Manzanero, it’s home since 2009. Since its switch to its present venue, it has only been won by Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, with the latter being most successful with 3 wins and 3 runner-up finishes.


Madrid Open Tennis Betting

Nadal 5/4, Djokovic 5/1, Murray 6/1, Thiem 10/1, Wawrinka 12/1, Nishikori 35/1


First-Quarter

World number-one Andy Murray heads a tricky-looking first-quarter, though he should make it to the quarter-finals as he holds a 4-0 head-to-head lead over likely last-16 opponent Pouille. Making the semi-finals could be trickier though, especially if Dominic Thiem is his quarter-final opponent, as the Austrian beat Murray in Barcelona earlier this season.


Second-Quarter

World number-three Stan Wawrinka is the headline act in the second-quarter and, though the Swiss star isn’t the easiest to predict, he should have too much game for Jack Sock, if motivated. He could then play Cilic in the quarter-finals, and has won his last 7 against the Croatian world number-eight.


Third-Quarter

The third-quarter is where favourite Rafa Nadal has been drawn, but the Spaniard will have to be sharp from the last-16 onwards with the likes of Kyrgios and Raonic laying in wait. The score between Nadal and Kyrgios is 1-1, though Nadal was a reasonably comfortable winner of their only match on clay. He also holds a 7-2 lead over Raonic, and should make the semi-finals.


Fourth-Quarter

Novak Djokovic heads the fourth-quarter, and he should stroll to the quarter-finals, where he’s seeded to meet either Nishikori and Tsonga. It could be a tough last-16 match between the Frenchman and the Japanese player, but neither has managed to beat Djokovic on clay.


Semi-Finals And Final

Nadal certainly brings the most momentum into the tournament, however it’s difficult to think that there’s any value in his odds of 5/4 considering his tough-looking quarter, and the fact he’s lost his last 7 matches to Djokovic. Meanwhile Wawrinka, who was runner-up here in 2013, holds a 3-1 lead over Thiem. Therefore a win bet on Djokovic, and an each-way bet on Wawrinka look to be the value-bets this week.


2017 Madrid Open Tips

Novak Djokovic win @ 9/2 Bet365

Stan Wawrinka Each-Way @ 11/1 Bet355

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