The action continues in Monte Carlo with the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 3rd round taking place this Thursday. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixture below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmaker.
Zverev vs. Nadal
As always, the nine-time champion – Rafael Nadal – is the main favourite to lift the trophy in Monte Carlo. Despite his brilliant career record on this surface, the Spaniard is no longer able to maintain a consistent high level throughout the whole match. Nadal’s performance in the opening round against Kyle Edmund is a perfect example of that with the defending champion dropping a set on that match.
Alexander Zverev continues his outstanding run in Monte Carlo. Looking at Zverev’s campaign on this event, the 19 years old reaches this stage of the competition after two easy victories over Andreas Seppi and Feliciano Lopez. Despite his young age, Zverev is already one of the best players in the world with an impressive 5 – 8 record against top 10 opponents since 2016. Known for his powerful serve, Alexander won 93.33% of his service games in Monte Carlo so far.
This will be the 3rd career meeting between these two players with Zverev still looking for his first triumph against this opponent.
Despite Nadal’s lead on the h2h, Zverev is far from an easy match-up for the Spaniard. Taking a look at their previous encounters, both went the distance with Alex missing a match point on their first contest in Indian Wells last season. With this in mind, the value is definitely on Zverev’s odds at 13/5 with William Hill while Ladbrokes offers 33/100 for Nadal’s victory. Despite the value on the German’s moneyline, the best approach is to take his +1.5 Set Handicap at 97/100 with Pinnacle since Rafael’s experience might be decisive on a 3rd set.