And we have you covered like always! Here are our top three betting tips for today from the Italian Open in Rome:
Rafael Nadal vs Damir Dzumhur (Under 16.5 games at 1.95 on Nairabet), ATP Italian Open, R2
Rafael Nadal faces Damir Dzumhur in the second round of the Italian Open.
When Rafael Nadal, who’s almost unplayable on clay, says he knows what he did wrong and he’s going to try to change that, in reference to his surprising loss to Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open last week, then it might just be hell for whoever he’s going to face next on this surface. And Damir Dzumhur it is! The Bosnian hasn’t won two matches in a single tournament since Marseille in February. He’s also lost five of his last seven matches on clay. Nadal, without an iota of doubt will go through. However, I am backing the Spaniard to see this through with his usual cold-blooded efficiency. Dzumhur doesn’t stand a chance. Under 16.5 games is all this match will take. 1.95 for that on Nairabet is excellent!
Dominic Thiem to beat Fabio Fognini at 1.35 on Nairabet
Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini will square off in the second round of the Italian Open.
These two have met twice in the past. Thiem came out on top, easily in both meetings. The Prince of Clay surely now, is drawing confidence from his sensational Madrid Open outing, where he finished as runner-up (in case you missed it, he beat the almighty Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the quarterfinals there). You aren’t betting against him opening his campaign in Rome on a good note, are you? Worry less about Fognini, hey! The Italian only just snapped his three-match losing streak in his first round match. Since his title triumph in Sao Paulo in March, the 30-year-old has suffered a dip in form. And on this surface, against Dominic Thiem, you have to be in really good form to pose a threat. Fognini isn’t at the moment and he doesn’t. Back Thiem to make it 3-0 against the Italian with a win today at 1.35.
Kevin Anderson to beat Aljaz Bedene at 1.50 on Nairabet
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson and Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia lock horns in the second round in Rome.
Save the Australian Open and the Estoril Open in Portugal, Kevin Anderson has made it to the quarterfinals or more in all tournaments he’s played in this year. Exceptional, I tell you! He’s 2-0 in career meetings against Aljaz Bedene. He’s seemingly, the favourite to go through here. And he will go through. He’s had a solider year than Bedene and is a better player. His big serves will also put Bedene in a lot of trouble. I am backing Anderson to take this one, and 1.50 for that is quite generous!