Can Rafael Nadal Extend His Winning Streak In Barcelona?

Rafael Nadal

Joao Mourato

Monday, April 24, 2017 6:58 PM GMT

Join us on our Barcelona Open tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out who is the undeniable favorite as well as the players to keep an eye on this event.

ATP Barcelona

The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell takes place this week with Clay as the chosen surface for this tournament.

 

Undeniable Favorite

After winning the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the nine-time champion – Rafael Nadal – is looking for his 10th career title in Barcelona. Due to his brilliant 48 – 3 career record on this event, the Barcelona Open decided to rename the centre court after Rafael Nadal.

Taking a look now at Nadal’s draw in Barcelona, the Spaniard is the undeniable favorite to reach the final after Kei Nishikori’s withdrawal due to a right wrist injury. With the Spaniard playing at such a high level and extremely motivated after winning the title in Monte Carlo, it’s impossible to go against him on this surface. Therefore, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of his betting odds to lift the trophy in Barcelona at -110 at Bet365.

 

World no.1 in Crisis

Due to Andy Murray’s disappointing defeat against Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 3rd round, the world no.1 requested a wild card to play the Barcelona Open. Despite his brilliant results last season, Murray keeps failing to meet the expectations in 2017 with the British currently ranked as the world no.11 in the ATP Race to London. Besides his lack of success in recent months, Andy has also struggled with an elbow injury that prevented him from competing at the Miami Open last month.

Despite Andy’s undeniable quality, it’s hard to trust on him at the time. For that reason, the best betting approach is to stay away from Murray’s outright at +450 at BetVictor.

 

Future Grand Slam Champion

Despite his young age, Dominic Thiem is already one of the best players in the world with 8 ATP World Tour titles on his record. Playing on clay brings the best out of Thiem with the Austrian winning 82.00% of his last 50 matches on this surface. After reaching the French Open semifinals last season, it’s just a matter of time before Thiem wins his first Grand Slam title.

Dominic starts his campaign against another young promising player – Kyle Edmund. Even though Kyle is going through the best moment in his career, it’s unlikely to see Edmund defeating such a strong player on this surface. That said, Thiem’s moneyline at -278 at Pinnacle is a good line to add to a parlay for this Tuesday’s action in Barcelona.

 

Player to Keep an Eye

Playing in Barcelona is always special for Karen Khachanov. Since he was 18, Khachanov has been based in Barcelona, where he trains with Galo Blanco. This tournament also brings great memories for Karen with the Russian reaching the 3rd round last season as a qualifier. Adding to this, Khachanov featured his first career win over a top 20 one year ago after defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the 2nd round.

Even though Khachanov only won 36.84% of the matches played in 2017, the 20 years old has been playing at a very good level in recent weeks. Looking now at Karen’s draw in Barcelona, the world no.56 starts his campaign against Thomaz Bellucci. Despite Bellucci’s outstanding campaign in Houston, the Brazilian is famous for his inconsistency. In addition, Thomaz also prefers to play on faster clay courts like the ones in Houston. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Khachanov to your betting picks to secure a place in the following round at -110 at Coral.