Full Monday in Madrid with i men’s first rounds and the first four eighths of the women’s tournament, already underway for a few days. The only Italian on the scene is Fabio Fognini, who returns to the field two weeks after the disqualification suffered in Barcelona during the match with Bernabe Zapata Miralles, which was followed by an ongoing controversy; desire for redemption for the Ligurian (1.60), who in case of victory would cross Matteo Berrettini: on his way is the Spaniard Carlos Taberner, twenty-three years old number 142 ATP, who in the last qualifying round won over Lorenzo Musetti by surprise.
Very favorite home talent Carlos Alcaraz (1.20), who tries to earn the suggestive challenge against Rafa Nadal in the second round facing the disappointing Adrian Mannarino of this beginning of the year; The other Iberian Pablo Carreno Busta, already winner in Marbella and semifinalist in Barcelona this season, against Federico Delbonis (3.75), starts ahead in the predictions, but with the Argentine ahead 4 to 2 in the previous ones. Third clash of the season between Jeremy Chardy and Daniel Evans (1.60), with the Englishman, a surprise semifinalist in Monte Carlo, who has already won in Melbourne 2 (later won) and Doha, while Grigor Dimitrov has never met and Lloyd Harris, in a match that sees the South African as the underdog at 3, who in this 2021 lived a week of grace in that of Dubai.
It was in the Emirates that he took home his first career tournament Aslan Karatsev, who then proved to be able to perform even on clay and now debuts against the French Ugo Humbert (3.75), while the underdogs start respectively against Cristian Garin (1.13) and Miomir Kecmanovic (1.60) two veterans like Fernando Verdasco and John Isner, with the Spaniard having only two seasonal matches to his credit (both lost in Miami and Estoril) , while for the American this is the first trip of the year overseas, having so far played only in Delray Beach, Acapulco and Miami.
The women’s draw starts with the first half of the round of 16, with the spotlight on the luxury match between the top seed Ashleigh Barty and reigning Paris champion Iga Swiatek: first ever comparison between the two, which sees the Australian slightly favored (1.73), already winner of three tournaments in the season (Melbourne 1, Miami and Stuttgart), while the nineteen-year-old Polish immediately demonstrated her feeling with the red, flawlessly overcoming the two previous rounds against Alison Riske and Laura Siegemund. Another very interesting meeting the one between Petra Kvitova, three times winner in Madrid, and Veronika Kudermetova, executioner in the second round of the outgoing champion Kiki Bertens: for the bookmakers favors of the prediction for the Czech at 1.50, but watch out for the Russian, author of a great year so far, which sees her paired with Barty in the ranking of seasonal victories at an altitude 22, with a trophy brought home to Charleston 1 green land.
Balanced odds between Paula Badosa and Anastasija Sevastova (1.80 and 1.95), with the Spaniard winning the only previous one in Abu Dhabi in January and reaching two semifinals this season, in Lyon and Charleston 1, where surprised world number one Barty. He will try to overturn the prediction a fogged up Belinda Bencic, survivor of a marathon against Bernarda Pera and now underdog at 2.55 in an unprecedented match against Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who instead got the better of Sloane Stephens comeback.
*** Rates are updated at 11pm on Sunday 2nd May and are subject to change