2023 MONTE CARLO BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION
The Monte Carlo Masters will be held from April 9th to April 16th, at the Monte Carlo Country Club, in the city of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. Here is our 2023 Monte Carlo Betting Preview and Prediction!
The tournament is played on outdoor clay courts and it only has a male version. It shares USD 6.354.090 among its participants, from which there are 56 singles players and 32 doubles pairs.
This will be the 116th edition, after the initial one in 1897. Only in 2020 play was suspended, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The tournament is the third ATP 1000 event of the men’s 2023 tennis season, posterior to the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open.
The current monarch of the Monte-Carlo Masters in singles competition is Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, while in doubles, the reigning champions are American Rajeev Ram and British Joe Salisbury.
Rafael Nadal is the winningest man in the history of the tournament with 11 titles, eight of them earned consecutively from 2005 to 2012.
2023 Monte Carlo ATP Preview
Novak Djokovic must be feeling his legs itching to come back to competition, after not being allowed to play in Indian Wells and the Miami Open. Yet, somehow, he is still the #1 player in the ATP rankings.
Djokovic has a 15-1 record this 2023, including titles at Adelaide International and the Australian Open. He also reached the semifinal of the Dubai Tennis Championships, where he lost against Daniil Medvedev.
Nevertheless, he did not play in the last month, because he was not given an exemption to enter the United States due to his non-vaccinated Covid-19 status.
Djokovic Comes Back To Action In Monte Carlo, But Medvedev Has All The Buzz
Therefore, now, the Serbian has one more thing to get fuel from and it is proving that, given the chance to play, he is the best in the world.
The 22-Grand Slam and 38-Masters 1000 champion could also benefit from former #1 Carlos Alcaraz’s absence in the tournament because of an injury that aggravated in the semifinals of the Miami Open.
Djokovic was eliminated in the second round in the 2022 edition of the event, so there is a big batch of points at his disposal to increase the mild difference he has with Alcaraz at the top end of the ATP rankings.
With Alcaraz’s withdrawal, the #2 seed was taken by defending champion and #3 in the world, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Greek is at a crossroads because he has not been able to pick himself up after the beating received from Djokovic in the Australian Open final when he thought he was about to take the world of tennis in his hands.
Tsitsipas has been playing with no grit as of late, reviving the arguments that he does not have the whole package to lead the sport.
His run at the Monte-Carlo Masters is crucial because if he does not reclaim the title this time around, he will start falling in the rankings and who knows how deep the pit is for a player in crisis.
Nonetheless, here comes the other side of the coin: Medvedev.
The cold-behaved Russian is in robot mode now. His only outcome is winning. Medvedev is the most in-tune player in the circuit and has reached five straight consecutive finals after the Australian Open, winning four of them (Rotterdam Open, Qatar Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, and Miami Open).
He has amassed a 24-1 record in his last 25 matches, losing only eight sets in the process.
His ascent in the rankings has been like a lightning flash and since he did not play in the 2022 edition, he could still climb higher next week.
Undoubtedly, Djokovic and Alcaraz are in his sight, as it is the #1 spot in the world that he sat on last year, before starting to get nagged by a set of injuries.
His only problem for Monte-Carlo is that clay is not his best surface and has never won a title in it. He actually has been outspoken in stating that he does not like playing on clay.
A group of hopeful players
On the other hand, for Norwegian Casper Ruud (#4) clay is where he has collected his best accolades.
He has not had a good season so far, but now that the surface is changing for more than a couple of months, he can activate the level that took him to even #2 in the ATP.
Then there comes a group of hopeful players that can do damage if their switches are full on. Russian Andrey Rublev (#5), Danish Holger Rune (#6), Italian Jannick Sinner (#7), and American Taylor Fritz (#8) definitely have chances to make some noise.
They all have good arguments to win the trophy, but also a couple of negative aspects in their overall game that can cut them short.
Of the four of them, Sinner is the one that has been showing more prowess, reaching the semifinal in Indian Wells and the final at the Miami Open.
These top eight seeds have a bye in the first round, hence, their run in the Principality will start until the second one.
In doubles, the candidates to win are the #1 pair in the world and obviously the #1 seed, Dutch Wesley Koolhof, and British Neal Skupski.
Their most dangerous opponents will be defending champions and former #1 team, American Rajeev Ram, and British Joe Salisbury (#2), who are still fighting to get back in the top position of the ATP.
The pair composed of Salvadorian Marcelo Arévalo and Dutch Jean-Julien Rojer got the #3 seed and the Olympic gold medalists duet of Croatians Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić will be #4.
2023 Monte Carlo ATP Prediction
Norwegian Casper Rudd is going to be the surprise of the tournament and will beat Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2023 Monte-Carlo Master in three sets.
In doubles, the winners will be American Rajeev Ram and British Joe Salisbury, revalidating last year’s title and getting close to the #1 spot in the rankings again.
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