What a line-up we have in Monte Carlo today, with four cracking quarter finals on the menu. We have selected our top betting tips for the day!
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Rafael Nadal to beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets at 1.45 @ NairaBet
It’s the King of Clay versus the Prince of Clay as Rafael Nadal takes on Dominic Thiem in a blockbuster quarter final meeting in Monte Carlo on Friday.
Nadal is competing in his fourteenth straight Monte Carlo quarter final, while Thiem is into this stage of the competition for the first time in his career. The Austrian showed terrific mental resilience in his victory over Novak Djokovic on Thursday, but the great Rafael Nadal is a totally different beast on this surface. Nadal has been in ominous form on the European clay this year, starting with his Davis Cup wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Alexander Zverev to his Monte Carlo victories over Aljaz Bedene and Karen Khachanov. The Spaniard has also won five of his seven previous meetings against Thiem, all of which have been on clay.
Thiem will muscle through a few games, but I’m backing Nadal, with his vicious spin-laden forehand into Thiem’s weaker single-hander, to close this out in straight sets.
Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin to go three sets at 2.20 @ NairaBet
Dimitrov still has not played his best tennis this season; and has needed to come from a set down in his two matches so far in Monte Carlo. The Bulgarian boasts a formidable 6-1 record over his next opponent, Goffin, but Belgian, Goffin is the more comfortable on clay, and is looking to reach the semi-finals in Monte Carlo for the second straight year.
Goffin also has question marks around him, as this is just his second tournament since returning from an eye injury sustained in February. Friday’s quarter final has the makings of a topsy-turvy drawn-out affair, which is unlikely to be decided in straight sets.
Marin Cilic to beat Kei Nishikori at 1.70 @ NairaBet
Marin Cilic has been getting more and more comfortable on clay over the last couple of seasons- this is his third straight Monte Carlo quarter final, and he will be hoping it’s third-time lucky as he takes on Kei Nishikori on Friday. Cilic looked very assured in his opening round victory over Fernando Verdasco, while he had the benefit of an extra day’s rest when Milos Raonic pulled out of their scheduled third-round meeting with a knee injury. Nishikori on the other hand has been dragged to three sets in two of his three matches.
The dynamic Japanese leads the head-to-head 7-6, but I’m going with Cilic to even that series today- he looks in much better form; and has also got the advantage of having the much better serve, which could be a key factor in the outcome of this one.