The Men’s Tour heads to the clay courts of Morocco this week for a tournament bereft of any of the stars of the men’s game which tend to dominate the big events and grand slams.
One major statistic to consider is the recent domination of Spanish players in this event, and they have won five of the last six renewals.
Spaniard Nicolas Almagro is the favourite with the bookies this week and he’s shown steady improvement since returning from a pretty lengthy absence because of a foot injury. A narrow miss in Argentina recently certainly showed he’s got his game back to a level capable of taking this title, however he has a potentially tricky second round clash against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Indeed, Almagro’s half of the draw looks a potential minefield in a tournament in which there is perhaps not as much between opponents as the bookies odds may suggest.
Because of all of the above, I’d much rather place my faith in a player who’s been here and worn the T-Shirt, defending champion Guillermo Garcia Lopez, who’s one of those aforementioned Spanish winners. His countryman Pablo Andujar also did the double in 2011 and 2012.
He’s 5/1 to repeat last year’s victory and, though there’s no need to go mad as it’s a tricky event, 1 point each-way is advised.
1 point each-way Guillermo Garcia Lopez @ 5/1 (Paddy Power)
Ouahab vs Haase (Tuesday)
Haase may be ranked 225 places above his opponent, but there are a couple of good reasons to be siding with Ouahab. Ouhab has been playing in Morocco recently, has won all of his last 10 matches on clay there, whilst he has also beaten Haase on clay on the two occasions they’ve played each other in 2012 and 2010, and in straight sets.
It is 7/2 that Ouahab wins the match 2-0 and that looks well worth chancing.
2 points Ouhab to win 2-0 @ 7/2 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Story of Miami
A 6 point profit as Djokovic landed our outright bet, but unfortunately our match-bets went astray.