Madrid Open Betting

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The Madrid Open, currently sponsored by Mutua, is the second of three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events on clay and is held within the Spanish capital’s Magic Box venue or ‘Caja Majica’ as it is recognised by the locals.

The tournament usually takes place at the beginning of May and directly precedes the Rome Masters which follows in quick succession, meaning by this period, players are really starting to find their feet on the orange surface as competitiveness and preparation for Roland Garros begins to accelerate.

A total of 56 players are included in the draw, with the top eight seeded participants all receiving an automatic bye into the second round, a feature which keeps the event in tandem with the rest of the Masters series.

In its current form, the championship is very thin on history considering that it was only revamped in 2009 – a process which entailed the event being switched to the clay from indoor hard court, consequently enabling it to slot into its present position on the annual ATP roster.

German legend Boris Becker holds the record for tournament victories overall, lifting the title on four occasions back in the nineties when the event was played in both Germany and Sweden.

British star Andy Murray was the last man to triumph before the aforementioned surface change, beating Frenchman Gilles Simon in 2008.

Since its reform in 2009, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have both swept the accolade (completing personal tournament doubles after winning during the old format in 2006 and 2005 respectively), whilst most recently in 2011, Serb Novak Djokovic stole the title off Nadal in an enthralling encounter in front of the ‘Clay King’s’ home crowd.

Over the last couple of seasons, it really has been merely a matter of crucial points at certain times of matches that have decided the destination of the trophy in events such as this.

With the top four players in the world continuing to cement and expand their dominance at the head of affairs, it is unlikely that an outsider will spring a long term surprise in Madrid as the likes of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray are sure to be coming well into their own after three week’s match practise on the clay.

Conversely however, it may still be equally difficult at this stage to determine who, out of that quartet, has established a significant edge in order to throw decent weight behind an outright bet.

Fitness or injury worries aside, backing the world’s top four to all occupy the semi-final berths may well be the safest route to pursue in Madrid, subsequently allowing you to focus properly on the business end of the tournament to shape your opinions looking ahead to Rome and Roland Garros.

With the tournament coming straight after three ATP 250 events in Serbia, Estoril and Munich, there is plenty of information available as to who out of the lesser ranked players is performing well – and they should be followed for match betting purposes throughout the first couple of rounds in Madrid, particular players from the Estoril tournament as conditions in Madrid are likely to be extremely similar.

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