Monte Carlo Masters Betting: Cilic with the best chance of rivalling Nadal

Dean Simpson
April 18, 2018

With Nadal such a dominant favourite - his clay data is superb, but he's not been fully fit this year in reality following retirement in the Australian Open quarter-final - no other player is in single-digit numbers for the title, which gives us some scope for trading or each-way value.

"He said he'd love to play me again in a best-of-five on clay so I thought he'd play Roland Garros, and two days later he said he's not playing on clay. He's always there for me", he added.

This will not be the first implementation of a shot clock in tennis, as it was trialled during US Open qualifying previous year as well as the 2017 NextGen Finals in Milan and the Exhibition International Premier Tennis League.

Novak Djokovic has struggled this season but is a possible quarter-final opponent for Nadal
Novak Djokovic has struggled this season but is a possible quarter-final opponent for Nadal

A 10-time victor of this event, Nadal is simply gearing up for another run at his favorite grand slam, a tournament he'll be defending for the first time since 2014.

Nadal finds himself in a fairly stacked quarter of the draw, as he may face either rising star Karen Khachanov or Adrian Mannarino in the third round, then could potentially see either Dominic Thiem or two-time Monte Carlo victor Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

The former world No 1 hammered his compatriot Dusan Lajovic 6-0 6-1 in the first round, cutting a starkly contrasting figure to the one who lost his opening matches at last month's ATP Masters level events at Indian Wells and Miami.

That's why I am here, to play tennis and to accept all the rules.

"I'm very happy as he (Vajda) is more than a coach". Goffin, though, beat Thiem and Djokovic to reach the semis a year ago. Bedene has been consistent with his first serve pretty much all season long and will need every bit of that in order to have success in this match.

Djokovic's next game, where he will face 39th-ranked Borna Coric will likely be less straightforward, but the last time they met on clay was at the Madrid Masters in 2016, a tie that the 30-year-old Serb won convincingly in two sets.

Donaldson called for a supervisor and when Gabas said he had been aggressive, the world number 51 replied sarcastically: "Oh I'm sorry, I hurt your feelings".

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Djokovic has seen himself drop to No 13 in the world rankings while also splitting with coach Andre Agassi in a turbulent few months.

"[Now] after two years finally I can play without pain", he said. He has not played since the Australian Open back in January.

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