In the midst of ATP Rome clay tournament, the action is in full speed and tennis lovers are already making their final predictions who will be the winner.
Rome is all about tennis these days and everyone is eager to see if Rafael Nadal will have a bit more work to do to win the title, in comparison to his recent Madrid fiesta where it all seemed pretty relaxed.
Rafael Nadal is bookies’ favorite for winning ATP Rome title
• The odds for him are at 10/11
• Djokovic gets 11/4
• Statistics are also in favor of Nadal
Fans and bookmakers are expecting him to be the final winner and keeping in mind his good shape at the moment it seems that he doesn’t have much to worry about.
Rafa has one clay title this season from Madrid Masters and is ready to add another one to his 7 Rome titles. He managed to win last year over Roger Federer, who on the other hand has already reached the final stage three times, but has never succeeded yet.
The odds for Rafa are at 10/11, so everyone who bet on sports in the UK, and has supported him, can most probably expect profits after the final game.
On the other hand, Novak Djokovic is also definitely aiming at Rome Treble, after he won the tournament back in 2008 and 2011.
This year has been all in all good so far for him, as he already has two titles from Indian Wells and Miami, but his loss to Federer in the semi-finals in Monte Carlo on clay, keeps the question about his performance in Rome open.
Still, Sportingbet, top online operator, which follows all UK gambling laws, gives him good chances at 11/4.
The impressive competition
We shouldn’t forget the rest of the players like Andy Murray, Federer, David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka, who will definitely make sure Rafa doesn’t win easy and painless.
In Nadal’s draw, he most probably will have to play against Murray (didn’t perform impressively in Madrid at all) or Wawrinka (reached the final stage in Rome one time so far) on the semi-final stage, which will definitely be a game that deserves attention.
The other draw also has a lot of unanswered questions and what seems expected is for Federer to reach at least the quarter-final stage. The same goes for Ferrer and Djokovic, who will probably face each other in the quarter-final game.
If one of the semi-finals is Ferrer vs. Federer the statistics is definitely in favor of Roger. The two players have played 13 times in the last 8 years and the Swiss was the winner in all of these clashes.
Of course a lot has changed through the years, so it is pretty impossible to predict precisely who will be the winner if they meet in the semi-finals.
As far as the final game is concerned, Rafael seems to be one of the sure opponents, most probably facing either Federer or Ferrer.
Statistics show that Rafa has advantage in both cases as he had won 15 times against Ferrer in the past (from 16 games in total) and 12 times against Federer (from 14 games in total).
All in all, ATP Rome’s final will be a show no tennis fan wants to miss and whoever was cleverer to bet on Rafa, will bring home some cash almost for sure.