ATP Rome Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

Djokovic can deny Nadal his ninth Rome title

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The French Open is edging ever closer and closer and after the tough campaign in Madrid, it’s straight back into action in Rome this week for the players. This is an ATP Masters 1000 event and it was Novak Djokovic who made a big statement over the weekend in winning the Madrid title. An important step on clay ahead of Roland Garros. Can he back it up in Italy?

ATP Rome Winner Odds*

Rafael Nadal 6/4
Novak Djokovic 2/1
Dominic Thiem 5/1
Stefanos Tsitsipas 16/1
Alexander Zverev 16/1
Roger Federer 16/1
Stan Wawrinka 33/1
Daniil Medvedev 33/1
Kei Nishikori 33/1
Bar 50/1
* (betting odds taken from Boylesports on May 13th, 2019 at 4:44 pm)

Given what we saw in Madrid last week at the Mutua Madrid Open, things were pretty much running true to form. It provided what is likely to be some valuable insights into French Open 2019 betting. Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were threats in the tournament, despite still neither being at their best. Dominic Thiem continued a strong streak and the big dark horse of Roland Garros is going to be Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Djokovic back on top

Djokovic swept to the Madrid title taking down Greek star Tsitsipas in the final. Djokovic had really been searching for a bit of form this season and he got it. Does he look 100% sharp, not yet, but that won’t be a concern now with a bit of fine tuning to go ahead of the French Open. The fact that he is back among the titles, and on clay is a big statement from him. Djokovic has won the Rome title three times before, his most recent in 2015 and is the 2/1 second favourite for this year’s renewal* (betting odds taken from Boylesports on May 13th, 2019 at 4:44 pm).

Nadal looks for number nine

Back at the head of the market for another clay tournament is Rafael Nadal. Even though he is going through a title drought at the moment, which of course in the midst of a clay swing is unusual, he’s not panicking. He has been working his way back to full fitness and a deep run to the final four of Madrid will have done him the power of good actually. That was a good result for him and a major step forward.

At the end of the day, the French Open is the big target. Nadal has won the Rome title eight times before and he is the defending champion as well. He goes into action this week as the 6/4 favourite* (betting odds taken from Boylesports on May 13th, 2019 at 4:44 pm).

Other contenders

Roger Federer Federer is lining up this week, but there really hasn’t been a hint that he is taking major steps towards a Grand Slam title in Paris. He was dumped out of the Madrid quarterfinals by Dominic Thiem. Austria’s Thiem continued his great season with the run to the semifinals of Madrid. There he was stopped by Novak Djokovic in the final four, but even though the went down in straight sets, they were both really tight sets.

Given that he has had successes against the big guns this season on clay already, Thiem does look to be gearing up to something pretty big for his career at the moment. The other player trending is Stefanos Tsitsipas who powered his way to the Final in Spain on the weekend. Although he came up short against Djokovic, he had knocked out Alexandr Zeverv and then Rafael Nadal, the third and second seeds respectively, to set up that clash.

Predictions

This is where the big guns really start stepping it up now. There’s little time for such competitive action between now and the French Open, so this is prime fodder for getting match sharpnees going. The confidence and self-belief that Djokovic will have gotten from his title on the weekend was probably huge. Nadal isn’t quite 100% at the moment and this should be a great chance for Djokovic to keep momentum high.


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