Rome, Italy Betting Tips
Masters 1000 Rome
The Rome Masters is the last rehearsal clay tournament before the famous Parisian Grand Slam at Roland Garros. This 76th edition will run from May 15th-19th at the Foro Italico, where some of the biggest names in the world of tennis will aim to build confidence and momentum before the biggest clay competition on the tennis calendar.
Masters 1000 Rome - Men’s Singles
No.9 for Nadal?
This season so far may not be going entirely as planned for the ‘King of Clay’ but that is all the more reason why he will be determined to win in Rome. The world no.2 has failed to make it past the Semi-Finals in any clay tournament so far this season, where he was knocked out by Stefanos Tsitsipas in last week’s Madrid Open. The Spaniard will need a win this week to give him momentum going into the French Open - he’ll no doubt be one of the favourites to defend his title and make it his 9th win in Italy, and is tipped at 5/4 at Bet365 to do so.
Fresh off the back of his win in Madrid, the world no.1 will be expected to use this momentum in Rome, and is one of the favourites to take home his 5th Italian open title at 12/5. After beating Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final at the ‘Caja Magica’, it seems that the Serbian has recovered from his post-Australian Open slump, and will be aiming for another win before Roland Garros.
New Kids on the block
There are plenty of new faces hoping to challenge for this year’s Italian Open title, and could be interesting to predict as Outsiders in this year’s competition. Alexander Zverev, tipped at 16/1 at 888Sport, has a history of performing in Rome - he won the tournament in 2018, and made it to the final in last year’s edition. After beating Nadal in the Semi Finals of the Madrid Masters, Tsitsipas is also being considered one to watch at 14/1, while Dominic Thiem will always rate high on the bookmaker rankings in clay competitions - 6/1 at Betfair.
Italian Open - Women’s Singles
The Italian Open will mark Serena’s return to clay, as she hasn’t competed since March thanks to a run of bad luck this season. Still, the four-time winner of this competition is not down and out for the count, and will be hoping to come back strong in Rome to build up some momentum for the French Open - with odds of her victory at 12/1 at Betfair.
Three in a row for Svitolina?
Elina Svitolina will be hoping to defend her title and make it three in a row in Italy this year, despite a knee injury that has impacted her performance this season. Having failed to make it out of the first round in both Miami and Madrid, this year’s edition of the Italian Open will likely be a greater test for Svitolina, but she is still considered amongst the favourites at 16/1.
Finally time for Halep?
Two years in a row Simona Halep has reached the final of the Italian Open, and both times she has fallen at the final hurdle against Svitolina. This, however, could be the year for the world no.2 and current French Open title holder. No doubt her defeat to Kiki Bertens in the final of the Madrid Masters still stings, but this could be the motivation that the Romanian needs to push to to her first victory in Rome - with the bookmakers odds of her claiming the title currently at 11/2 at Betfair.