Intense action from the Monte Carlo Masters continue today and we’ve selected the three top betting tips for the day:
Novak Djokovic to beat Borna Coric at 1.40 on Nairabet
Novak Djokovic and Borna Coric meet in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Yes, Djokovic had terrible spells in Indian Wells and Miami, and that’s because he hadn’t fully recovered from injury. Right now, the Super Serb is back! (at least from his showing in his first round match against Lajovic that took 13 games to decide). Coric, meanwhile, has had a good start to the season. But the 21-year-old has hiccups at times and can be inconsistent, something you can’t afford against Djokovic.
He’s also split his last six matches on clay court, while Djokovic has won nine of his last eleven. I’m backing Djokovic to return to winning ways- his devastating best. And 1.40 for a win is a good pick.
Rafael Nadal vs Aljaz Bedene (Under 18.5 games at 2.10 on Nairabet)
Rafael Nadal and Aljaz Bedene square off in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Now, this isn’t just about Nadal coming away with a win (we all know that’s certain; all the odds are in his favour), it’s about the King of Clay sealing victory in the most ruthless of fashions. Something I am really confident about.
Despite not playing a competitive match since the Australian Open, Nadal came to the Davis Cup and had easy victories against Alexander Zverev and Philipp Kohlschreiber. When the Spaniard is playing on the dirt, he’s on a different level entirely. Bedene, though, is coming off a straight sets win over Mirza Basic in the first round, good performance. However, he’s going to be needing free points in this match to have any headway. But on this surface, against Nadal, there are no free points! This match will be decided in under 18.5 games. 2.10 for that is generous!
Marin Cilic to beat Fernando Verdasco at 1.35 on Nairabet
It’ll be the 13th career meeting between these two in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Since his run to the Australian Open final in January, Marin Cilic has been in questionable form. However, he showed signs of a return to his best at the Davis Cup with really comfortable wins against Dmitry Popko and Mikhail Kukushkin. I fancy Cilic going through against Verdasco, who hasn’t won back-to-back matches in the Monte Carlo Masters for the past six years. Also, Cilic is 7-5 against the 34-year-old, which includes wins in their last two matches. Make that a third straight win against Verdasco for the beanpole Croat at 1.35 on Nairabet.