ATP Tennis Betting Preview and Odds – Rafael Nadal on the comeback trail again

Chile, France and Croatia offer ATP betting markets this week

Rafael Nadal

ATP tennis betting this week brings forth three tournaments, all of them lower tiered, with a lot of the big guns resting up. The big news though is that Rafael Nadal is back on the comeback trail once again. Nadal is favourite at the VTR Open in Chile, and why is Nadal all the way over there. Because it is on clay, the first of four tournaments on Latin America swing of the ATP season. This will be Nadal’s first tournament in seven months. He was due to show up at the Australian Open in January, but had to withdraw again because of health issues. He is the king of clay of course, the master of the surface having won 36 career Tour Level events on the sliding stuff. He is making his debut at the event, and although he has been absent for so long, online bookmaker Bet365 have him in as 4/9 favourite, helped by a not so strong field. The closest challenger will likely be Juan Monaco, who won the title here last year (one of four in the season for him). Monaco is trading back a 3/1 second favourite behind Nadal.

There is also Tennis Betting action in France this week at the ATP Montpellier, which has a good clutch of home French talents in the field. At the Open Sud de France, it is Serbia’s World Number Nine Janko Tipsarevic who is leading the market as outright favourite. That is natural as he already has a title under his belt for the season, winning in Chennai. He is also a pretty decent indoor player, taking two career titles, but this is his first appearances at the event since 2007, nevertheless he is joint 3/1 favourite at online bookmaker Bet365. There will be plenty of pressure on him from French players, with world number ten (and joint favourite this week) Richard Gasquet, looking a decent call. Gasquet has pretty solid tournament history as well, having won in 2006. The energetic and crowd entertainer Gael Monfils (8/1) will also bring his flair to the table and he has been in the final here in his last three appearances. He won the title back in 2010 and looking fully fit again after a tough 2012, could well make a title run. Making up a strong French trio at the event, Gilles Simon (5/1) who has been in the semi final in each of his last three appearances at the event, including last year.

At the PBZ Zagreb Indoors tennis market, it could all be about backing a home talent as well. Croatia’s very own Marin Cilic (5/2 favourite at online bookmaker Bet365) is looking for his third title at the event after winning in 2009 and 2010. Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny is in action this week as well, back to defend the title he won last year at a price of 11/2. Austria’s Jurgen Melzer could be a dangerous floater in the field, but Italy’s Andreas Seppi could be the one to watch. He has been on the rise for a while now and has enjoyed a strong start to the 2013 season. A title may not be too far away and the Italian is quoted at 7/2 as second favourite this week.

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