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Today’s Picks: Monday’s top betting tips from the Italian Open

First round action continues at the Italian Open in Rome today. And here are our top betting tips for the day:

Victoria Azarenka vs Naomi Osaka (Over 20.5 games at 1.80 on Nairabet), WTA Italian Open, R1

Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka meet in the first round of the Italian Open.

Azarenka looks good and has been playing with a fair level of consistency of late. A run to the semis at the Miami Open coupled with a tough three setter against Karolina Pliskova at the Madrid Open. Though she lost, the Belarussian is making an impressive return back to the game. Osaka, on the other hand, switched off a bit after her Indian Wells triumph. She’s also on the back of a first round exit at the Madrid Open. But you can’t count out the highly talented Japanese. She’ll be seeking to snap out of her shilly-shallying, and with Azarenka edging towards full confidence again, I’m backing this match to be closely fought. Over 20.5 games at 1.80 is just good!

Kyle Edmund to beat Malek Jaziri at 1.30 on Nairabet, ATP Italian Open R1

Kyle Edmund and Malek Jaziri square off in the first round of the Italian Open.

These two have met once this year, on clay, in Marrakesh in April. Edmund cruised to a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win. And now, I’m backing Edmund to replicate same performance against the Tunisian because at this level, Edmund is the better of the two.

Kei Nishikori vs Feliciano Lopez (Nishikori to win the first set and the match at 1.40 on Nairabet), ATP Italian Open, R1.

This should be an interesting one. Nishikori, after finishing as runner-up at Monte Carlo, is on the back of three straight losses. Lopez, meanwhile, aside a run to the quarterfinals of the Mexico Open in March, hasn’t done anything worthy of note this year. Also, the 35-year-old Lopez hasn’t always been good in Rome. Therefore, I am backing Nishikori to end his losing streak and take this one by winning the first set and ultimately, the match. 1.40 for that is a nice pick!

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