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We’re into the quarterfinals of the clay-court event in Barcelona and here are our top three betting tips for today:

Rafael Nadal vs Martin Klizan (Under 17.5 games at 1.75 on Nairabet).

Rafael Nadal and Martin Klizan square off in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open.

The King of Clay has won 55 of the 58 matches he’s played in Barcelona. He’s also on a 16 match winning streak as he seeks an 11th Barcelona Open crown. Nadal has brought his ruthless Monte Carlo Masters form into Barcelona.

Klizan, on the other hand, is presently having his best showing on tour this year as he came through the qualifying rounds to beat Novak Djokovic in the first round and also beat Feliciano Lopez in straight sets in the second round.

However, on this ground, with Nadal’s current form and the ruthlessness with which he plays here, it’s hard to see Klizan putting up a challenge. I’m backing Nadal to take this without any hassle. Under 17.5 games is one I’m really confident about. And at 1.75, that’s a good pick.

Dominic Thiem vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (2 sets at 1.55 on Nairabet)

Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas meet in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open.

Thiem and Tsitsipas have met twice this year, with Thiem coming away with the win on both occasions. Thiem, dubbed the Prince of Clay, is so good on the surface he’s unarguably only bettered by Rafael Nadal. Of course! I see Thiem not having any problem with handling the 19-year-old world no. 63, who’s really not made much of a statement this year. I am backing this match to be decided in 2 sets at 1.55 on Nairabet.

Grigor Dimitrov to beat Pablo Carreno Busta at 1.75 on Nairabet

After a couple of poor spells, Grigor Dimitrov has begun to motor. He put behind his disappointing outings in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami to reach the semifinals of Monte Carlo before understandably, falling to Nadal. He’s brought that good form into Barcelona; beating Gilles Simon comfortably, in straight sets before fighting off a stiff challenge from Malek Jaziri, who had earlier beaten him in the first round in Dubai.

Spain’s Carreno Busta, meanwhile, comes into Barcelona on the back of a semifinal run at the Miami Open, and has beaten Benoit Paire and Adrian Mannarino en route to the quarters. He’s however, going to face his real test when he comes up against the rejuvenated Dimitrov. A test I don’t see him passing.

The Bulgarian leads their head-to-head 4-2 and he’s sure to make that 5-2 after today’s match. 1.75 for a win is generous, really!

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