Monte-Carlo Masters 2017 Odds
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, is the first of three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The tournament is a player and fan favourite due to its magnificent location and long tradition of champions. Spain's Rafael Nadal won an Open Era record eight successive title there between 2005-2012.
Tournament Director, recalled that, in 2016, the attendance for this event increased (135,652 spectators) and was attended by 8 of the top 10 players in the world.
The final list of 45 players admitted directly to the final draw of this year’s edition will be announced on March 22 , however, we already know that there will be Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic .
The tournament schedule includes the Children's Day , April 16, 2017, which attracted more than 1,700 children in 2016, and of course the traditional Big Night of Tennis , Friday, April 21.
Among the innovations, there are the sort of the final draw, which is going to be released Friday, April 14 at 18.30 in the avenues of the Exotic Garden of Monaco, and a charity exhibition, organized Saturday, April 15, in favor dell'Amade World Monaco, presided by HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover.
Rafael Nadal will be the top contender of winning this year, as he already triumphed in Monte Carlo 9 times before (between 2005- 2012 and in 2016). Since 2005, he only lost 3 matches at this tournament: 2 against Djokovic and one against David Ferrer. As the ATP ranking looks after Indian Wells, Nadal is fighting to be back in top 4, a place which will guarantee him the avoidance of a meeting with Murray or Djokovic before the semi-finals. As usually, Nadal will not play any official match on clay until this tournament starts.
After beating his Spaniard rival in both Indian Wells and Australian Open at the beginning of the season, Roger Federer starts with a moral advantage this Masters tournament. Another fact which motivates the Swiss legend is that he never won this tournament. Last year, he lost to Tsonga in the quarter-finals.
Novak Djokovic, who recently said during an interview that “at the moment tennis is on the 3rd place in my life’s priorities”, should not be overlooked as he is the winner of the editions held in the past 2 odd years. Although, he did not impressed at the beginning of the season, getting out very quickly at the important tournaments including a R2 exit at the Australian Open.
Another 2 names that will fight for the trophy are Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. The British world number 1 lost in the semi-finals last year to Rafa Nadal, losing in a decider. At that moment, Rafa was coming after a 2-0 victory against Stan in the quarter-finals. They both had a decent start of the season, excepting one unexpected exit for both: Andy in the R2 of Indian Wells, Stan in the R1 of ATP500 Dubai.
Looking for a good run here are also last year’s finalist Gael Monfils, Tsonga, Raonic, Thiem, Dimitrov and Kyrgios.