TENNIS BETTING: WTA Live on Eurosport: 11.00: ATP Live on SkySports 2: 13.00: The WTA and ATP tours are both coming to Madrid in a warm up for the French Open. Compare all tennis odds.
9 of the top 12 ranked men players are in action in Madrid this week in the last significant tournament before the French Open. Djokovic has pulled out due to an illness that felled him last week in Serbia.
Nadal is 4/11 fav with Boylesports and so he should be, he has taken both previous Masters clay events this year with ease and Roger Federer has stuttered at best. Federer is the nearest challenger at 6/1 with Ladbrokes to actually defend this title but Nadal should be far too strong. Nadal has the prospect of Tsonga by the quarter finals and in all honesty, Nadal should reach the final without breaking a sweat.
Murray will be keen to perform in an event that he won in 2008 to rid some of the bad habits and poor form he has picked up in 2010. Murray is 6th fav at 33/1 with Betfred and can be buoyed by the news that Djokovic is out but it still looks grim. Murray will probably face the outstanding David Ferrer in the quarters and then possibly Federer in the semis. Ferrer, who has had a great start to 2010, is 3rd fav 14/1 with 888sport and can go all the way to the final this time, third odds final 2 with 888sport.
Andy Roddick will be back in action as he makes his seasonal clay court debut, he is 66/1 with Bet365.
11th seed Maria Sharapova, playing her first match for two months following a shoulder injury, was beaten yesterday by the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova.
Justine Henin also fell at the first hurdle to Aravane Rezai and, even more surprisingly, 5th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, the French Open champion, continued her poor run when she was beaten by Shahar Peer.
After the eventful opening to the women’s event, Serena Williams has been left as the 3/1 fav with Betfred. Both defending champion Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic stand in the way of a probable final for Williams, Safina herself is 28/1 with Bet365 and Jankovic 9/2 with Ladbrokes.
In the other half of the draw, Caroline Wozniacki has a fairly clear route to the semi’s after Kuznetsova’s exit, she is 10/1 with Betfred and with half odds for the final 2, an each way bet is tempting. She won well at Ponte Vedra on clay before suffering injury in the semi’s at Charleston, which has hampered her slightly, but she can find form again here and go far.