The men’s competition gets underway this Sunday in Madrid while the first round comes to an end on the women’s side. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixtures below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmakers.
ATP Madrid – Khachanov vs. Goffin
Known as one of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour, Karen Khachanov is just one spot away from securing a place in the top 40 for the first time in his career. Playing in Spain is always special for Karen since he lives in Barcelona for several years. Adding to this, the fast court conditions in Madrid should benefit Khachanov’s powerful tennis. The Russian is also going through a great moment after reaching the quarter-finals in Barcelona two weeks ago.
After winning only one match in his previous three appearances in Madrid, David Goffin is looking for a better performance this season in the capital of Spain. Since 2016, Goffin became an expert on Masters 1000 events with an outstanding 70.00% winning record. However, the altitude conditions in Madrid don’t seem to suit David’s counter punching skills.
This is already the 3rd career meeting between these two players in 2017. Goffin won their first encounter in Indian Wells while Khachanov emerged victorious in Barcelona a month later.
Taking a look now at the odds for this game, the bookmakers consider Goffin the heavy favourite with the Belgian available at 33/100 at Coral while BetVictor offers 13/5 for Khachanov’s victory. Due to David’s poor results on this event and Khachanov’s recent win against this opponent, it’s impossible to find any value on Goffin’s price. With this in mind, we’ll take the Over 21 at 93/100 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.
WTA Madrid – Cibulkova vs. Jankovic
The former world no.1 – Jelena Jankovic – continues her disappointing campaign in 2017. With a terrible 4 – 10 record on the WTA Tour this season, Jankovic is already ranked outside the top 50. However, the Serbian can never be underestimated due to her undeniable quality and outstanding two-handed backhand. In addition, this is already Jankovic’s 3rd tournament in 2017 on this surface.
The 2016 Mutua Madrid Open runner-up – Dominika Cibulkova – makes her debut on red clay this season in Madrid. Despite her incredible campaign in 2016, Cibulkova hasn’t lived up to expectations this year. Adding to this, the last weeks haven’t been easy for the Slovak with Dominika unable to help her country on the Fed Cup World Group Play-Offs due to an arm injury.
These two players know each other very well with their first encounter taking place in 2008. Despite Jankovic’s 3 – 2 lead on the h2h, Cibulkova won their previous encounter two years ago in Beijing.
Due to Cibulkova’s lack of competitive rhythm and recent physical problems, it’s impossible to find any value on the Slovak’s betting odds at 2/5 at William Hill. On the other hand, Coral presents a highly valuable price for Jankovic to win this match at 9/4. Despite the value on the
Serbian’s moneyline, we’ll stick with her +1.5 Set Handicap at 87/100 at Pinnacle since it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jankovic losing in three close sets.