Monte-Carlo Masters Betting Tips and Predictions, as the first big clay tournament of 2019 season gets underway at the Monte Carlo Country Club. The Monte-Carlo Masters is an outdoor clay court event that is a part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series. The tournament, despite being called the Monte-Carlo Masters, is actually held in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, at the Monte Carlo Country Club. This year will be the 113th edition of the tournament that was founded way back in 1897, and it gets underway on Sunday the 14th of April. The final will be played on Sunday the 21st of April. The Monte-Carlo Masters features a 56-man field competing for a prize pot in excess of £4.5 million. The winner will not only receive 1000 crucial ranking points, but also roughly £825,000 in prize money. Rafael Nadal is this year’s defending champion, after he defeated Kei Nishikori in the final here twelve months ago. Will anyone be able to stop Rafael Nadal’s clay court dominance in 2019?
Rafael Nadal is the record-holder for most titles won at this event, with the Spaniard having been victorious here a record eleven-times over the years. The former world number one was first victorious here back in 2005, and he went on to successfully defend his title every year up until 2012. That run from Nadal saw him win the title on eight consecutive occasions between 2005 and 2012, and he’s the only player in history to have won the same title in eight successive years. Nadal is coming here this year as the three-time defending champion, and on a 15-match winning streak, following his three successive triumphs here since 2016. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is a former two-time champion, having won this title back in 2013 and 2015, and the Serbian ace will be looking to end Nadal’s clay court dominance this week. Former three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka is the only other former champion in this year’s field, with the Swiss ace having been victorious here back in 2014. Can Rafael Nadal win a record-extending 12th Monte-Carlo Masters title in 2019?
Last 5 Champions
2018 – Rafael Nadal
2017 – Rafael Nadal
2016 – Rafael Nadal
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Stan Wawrinka
The Monte-Carlo Masters is the only Masters 1000 event to not have mandatory player commitment, and as such the top players don’t have to enter the tournament. Roger Federer will be the most notable player to take advantage of this rule this year, with the former four-time finalist not making his clay court return until the Madrid Masters next month. While a number of other players have opted to miss the tournament this week, this year’s field is looking strong, as six of the world’s top ten will be in action. Meanwhile, Kevin Anderson and Richard Gasquet were both set to compete this week, but both have since withdrawn from the tournament due to their own personal reasons. Gael Monfils and Pablo Carreno Busta have also withdrawn from the tournament in the last couple of days. In a strong field, who will lift the first clay court Masters title of 2019 here at the Monte-Carlo Masters?
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Roger Federer (4)
Kevin Anderson (7)
Juan Martin del Potro (9)
John Isner (10)
Milos Raonic (15)
Gael Monfils (19)
Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay-court player in the history of the sport, and the Spanish ace will be looking to make a strong start to his clay-court season in 2019. The Spanish ace is the current three-time defending champion here, while he’s also the record eleven-time champion of the event. Nadal holds an incredible 94%-win rate at this event, a 68-4 record, and he’s coming into this year’s tournament on a current 15-match win streak here. The defending champion dominated the clay once again last season, losing just once on the surface in all of 2018, and he’s on a current 12-match win streak on clay. However, Nadal is coming here on the back of fresh injury problems, as he was forced to pull out ahead of his Indian Wells semi-finals, while he had to completely skip Miami due to knee problems. Despite an injury-ridden start to the season, Nadal is 11-2 for the year, and he’s now coming onto his best surface. The former world number one will also be looking to win a record-extending 34th Masters title this week, and so there’s added motivation there. Rafael Nadal is the ‘King of Clay’ and he’s still the man to beat this week. Can Nadal successfully defend his title and win an incredible 12th Monte-Carlo Masters?
World number one Novak Djokovic will be looking to bounce back to winning ways this week, after a poor couple of tournaments in American last month. The Serbian ace began the year in terrific form by winning the Australian Open, his 15th grand slam title, but since then he hasn’t had things go all his way. The Serbian ace is 2-2 in his last four matches, while he also didn’t enjoy a great clay-court season last year. Djokovic was beaten in third round here, while he hasn’t been past the quarter-finals here since he won the title for a second time in 2015. The former two-time champion has been playing the best tennis in the world over the last nine months, and he’ll be looking to enjoy a successful clay-court season in 2019. Can Novak Djokovic win a record-equalling 33rd Masters title?
Austrian ace Dominic Thiem enjoyed a great March that saw him win his maiden Masters title in Indian Wells, and he’ll be looking to win his first Masters title on clay here this week. The Indian Wells champion is who many believe to be Rafael Nadal’s biggest threat on clay, but he’s still yet to win a big clay court title. The Austrian ace is responsible for Nadal’s only two clay-court defeats in the last two years, and so he knows he has the game to beat the very best in the world. Thiem will be confident coming here this week, after winning in Indian Wells a few weeks back, and he enjoyed his best run at this tournament twelve months ago. The fourth seed reached the quarter-finals here last season, before running into a red-hot Rafael Nadal, while he also reached the Madrid Masters final on clay last year. Dominic Thiem is a huge threat on clay, but will he make it through a tough draw to win this title for the first time?
Alexander Zverev has not been in great form of late, but he’s still a major threat at any tournament he enters. The German ace has been struggling in 2019 and he’s coming into this tournament with a disappointing 9-5 record for the year. Nonetheless, Zverev reached the semi-finals here last season, while he’s a proven winner on this surface, and at this level. The German ace is a three-time Masters champion, including winning a clay-court Masters event, the Madrid Masters, last season. Zverev actually enjoyed a really good clay court season in 2018, going 20-3 in ATP tournaments on the surface last year, and so he’s a huge threat on the dirt. Can Alexander Zverev kick-start his season this week?
Japanese ace Kei Nishikori reached the final here twelve months ago, and he’ll be hoping for a similar run this year. The former finalist made a terrific start to the season, winning the title in Brisbane, while he’s 13-5 in all for the year. This is set to be only Nishikori’s third appearance at this tournament, following his absence from the tournament between 2012 and last season, and so he actually holds an impressive 7-2 record here. Despite making a bright start to the season, Nishikori has lost his last two matches, and so he could use a good run this week to regain some confidence. Can Kei Nishikori go one better than last year and win a first Masters title?
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric have been two of the brightest players on the ATP Tour over the last twelve months, and both will be dangerous this week. Tsitsipas has been in excellent form this year, and he’s coming into the tournament with 17-7 record in 2019. That includes the Greek’s run to the Open 13 title, while he also reached his first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open back in January. Meanwhile, Borna Coric reached the quarter-finals last time out in Miami, while he also reached the semi-finals in Dubai last month. The Croatian ace has been threatening a title-winning run of late, and it could come this week. Can either of these two win their first Masters title here in Monte-Carlo?
Former champion Stan Wawrinka is the only player other than Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to win this title in the last fifteen years, and so he’ll have fond memories of this event. The Swiss ace has had an inconsistent start to the year to say the least, but he did reach the Rotterdam Open final back in February. Wawrinka was the champion here back in 2014, while he’s also reached at least the quarter-final stage here on four other occasions over the years. The three-time grand slam champion holds a 69%-win rate here, his best at any Masters tournament, and so he clearly enjoys coming here. Can Stan Wawrinka win a first title of the season this week?
Diego Schwartzman is a clay-court specialist, and the Argentine ace will be looking to impress this week. The Argentine has already reached one clay-court final this season, at the Argentina Open in February, and so he’s had some match practice on the surface this season. Schwartzman’s two ATP titles to date have both come on this surface, most recently in Rio last season, while he also managed to reach the French Open quarter-finals last season. Diego Schwartzman will always be a huge threat on this surface, and he could potentially face Novak Djokovic in the third round, in what could be a fantastic match. Will Schwartzman enjoy a good week in Monte-Carlo in 2019?
Youngsters Felix Auger Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz have both been in great form over the last couple of months, and both have been threatening a title-winning run of late. Canadian ace Felix Auger Aliassime has reached at least the quarter-final stage in three of his last four tournaments, including a run to the semi-finals of the Miami Masters last time out. The youngster also reached the final at the Rio Open a couple of months ago, and so he’s in great form right now. Meanwhile, Hurkacz has been picking up a series of top-10 wins of late, including over Indian Wells champ Dominic Thiem in Miami last month. The Polish ace also reached the quarter-finals in Dubai and Indian Wells recently, and so he’s also coming here in good form. Will we see one of these two rising stars lift the title in a week’s time?
Marco Cecchinato is a bit of a clay-court specialist, and so he’ll be a big contender at the tournaments over the next couple of months. The Italian ace reached the French Open semi-finals last season, a run that really kick-started a great year of tennis for him. The twenty-six-year-old has already won a clay-court title this year, as he defeated Diego Schwartzman in the Argentina Open final a couple of months ago. The Italian ace has also picked up wins over the likes of Novak Djokovic on this surface in the past year, and so he has the game to trouble the very best on clay. Will Cecchinato’s name be on this title in 2019?
Daniil Medvedev and Denis Shapovalov have both been in good form this year, and both are potential champions this week. Daniil Medvedev, in particular, has had a great 2019 season thus far, and he’s 16-6 for the year. That includes winning the Sofia Open title, and a run to the final in Brisbane. However, the Russian ace endured a torrid clay-court season in 2018, and he barely picked up a win on the surface. The Russian ace will need to improve on that this year, but he’s in the kind of form to do so. Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov reached the semi-finals in Miami last time out, and so he’s in great form right now. The Canadian star also reached the semi-finals in Madrid last year, a clay-court event, and so he’s proven he’s capable of playing good tennis on this surface. Will either of these two rising starts lift the title this week?
Spanish ace Roberto Bautista-Agut is another player who’s had a fantastic 2019 season thus far, and he’ll be looking to bring that form with him to the clay-courts. The thirty-year-old has already won the Qatar Open in 2019, while he’s picked up multiple wins over world number one Novak Djokovic this year. Bautista-Agut also reached his first grand slam quarter-final in Australia, while he’s 14-4 in all so far this year. Despite his great start to the year, Bautista-Agut has never been past the third round at this tournament, while he’s also been handed a really tough draw this week. The Spanish ace has been handed a potential second round meeting with Rafael Nadal, should Agut see off John Millman in his opening match, and so it won’t be easy for the Spaniard this week. Can Bautista-Agut finally enjoy a good run here in Monte-Carlo this year?
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has also been in great form this year, and he’ll be confident of his chances this week. The former grand slam finalist has already won the Open Sud De France this season, while he also currently finds himself in the semi-finals at the Grand Prix Hassan II on the eve of this tournament. The two-time Masters champion has reached the semi-finals here on two occasions in the past, and so he’ll also have fond memories of this tournament. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is one of the form players right now, but will he be good enough to win a first Monte-Carlo title?
There’s also a few players coming here this week in desperate need of a good run, after disappointing starts to the season. The likes of Karen Khachanov, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin could all do with a good run here. They’re all more than capable of going all the way to the title this week, but none of them have played their best tennis so far this season, and so they’re not coming here full of confidence. Nonetheless, any one of them are capable of turning their fortunes around this week. In what’s shaping up to be an incredibly strong field this year, who will come through to lift the Monte-Carlo Masters title in 2019?
Rafael Nadal is known as the ‘King of Clay’ for a reason, and I think he wins a first title of 2019 this week. The defending champion will be looking to win a record-extending 12th Monte-Carlo title, as well as a record-extending 34th Masters title. The Spanish ace holds an incredible record at this tournament, losing just four matches here over the years. The seventeen-time grand slam champion is also on a fifteen-match winning streak here, as well as a twelve-match winning streak on clay, and he’s lost just two matches on this surface in the last two years. Nadal has also only dropped one set at this tournament in the last two years, underlining just how dominant he has been here of late. Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay-court player in history, and I think he wins yet another title on this surface this week.
I can see Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem contesting a few finals over the next couple of months, including here in Monte-Carlo. Dominic Thiem has proven over the last couple of years that he’s arguably the second best clay court player in the world, and he’s reached seven finals on clay over the past two years to back that up. The French Open runner-up has also been in great form recently, as he won the Indian Wells title just a few weeks ago, and so he’ll be coming here full of confidence right now. I also like Dominic Thiem’s draw, and I can’t see him being challenged until the semi-final stage at the earliest. Dominic Thiem has been handed a great draw this week, and I think he takes advantage of it to reach yet another clay-court final.