photoMutua Madrid Open Preview Tips

When it comes to the clay court tournaments on the ATP, there is pretty much Rafael Nadal and then there is everyone else. While picking a name out of the field on clay in the women’s draw for the Mutua Madrid Open may take some deep consideration, when eying up the men’s field, you immediately look for the Spanish King of Clay. He leads all four of the big guns in the men’s game in Madrid, having taken four titles already this season on his return to the game, three of them coming on clay. The two tournaments he failed to win, he has finished as runner up.

 

Interestingly, the Spaniard hasn’t delivered too often in Madrid, and he is only looking for his third Madrid title, his last win coming back in 2010. He is coming off the back of his 54th career title, winning the Barcelona Open for the 8th time in his career. He wasn’t right last year at the event, losing in the third round to Fernando Verdasco. Hard to see him staying away from the final this time around.

 

Out of the big four entering the tournament, if it isn’t going to be Nadal, then more likely than not it will be Novak Djokovic. The Serbian won back in 2011, beating Rafael Nadal in the final on that occasion. It was Nadal he beat again in the clay court final of Monte Carlo recently as well, so little doubt about who the two big guns are in the field. Toss of a coin between the really to see who wins in.

 

What about the challenges of Andy Murray and Roger Federer? British star Murray just doesn’t have the consistency or track record on clay to back with any confidence, although he did win the Madrid Open back in 2008. Federer is the reigning champion after beating Tomas Berdych in last year’s final (his third Madrid title). But he hasn’t been in action since March at Indian Wells and Nadal and Djokovic are likely to have the better of him. Outside of the big four, clay specialist David Ferrer should make a nuisance of himself, but after a strong start to the season has been grinding out results as opposed to cruising in top gear.

 

Tipster’s Best Tips 

Outright Winner: Rafael Nadal 6/5 at BetFair