The ATP Mutua Madrid Open 3rd round takes place this Thursday with Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal fighting for a place in the quarter-finals. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixture below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmakers.
Kyrgios vs. Nadal
With the ball flying through the air faster in altitude, it’s not surprising to see big servers doing well in Madrid. Nick Kyrgios’ is a good example of that with the Australian winning 77.78% of the matches on this event throughout his career. Looking now at Nick’s campaign on this year’s edition, the 2016 quarter-finalist reaches this stage of the competition without losing a single service game. Adding to this, Nick fired an impressive average of 1.10 ace per service game in the previous two matches against Marcos Baghdatis and Ryan Harrison.
As usual, the three-time champion Rafael Nadal is the undeniable favourite to win the title in Madrid. However, the fast court conditions on this event are far from ideal for Nadal’s game style. Besides, the last days haven’t been easy for the Spaniard with an ear infection delaying his debut in Madrid.
This will be the 3rd career meeting between these two players with Kyrgios winning their first encounter in Wimbledon three years ago while Nadal got his revenge last season in Rome.
Despite Nadal’s brilliant results in recent weeks, it’s impossible to find any value on his current odds at 19/50 at Paddy Power. In addition to his health problems, Rafael was far from impressive on his debut against Fabio Fognini. After spending almost three hours on court against the Italian, it won’t be easy for Nadal to present his best tennis this Thursday. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Kyrgios’ valuable price at 11/4 at Coral.