Who will win the 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters?
The Monte-Carlo Masters or the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters as it is known for sponsorship reasons, is one of the clay court Masters tournament that is played each year in April & May. Get the latest Monte-Carlo Masters Tips & Predictions here.
Because of its proximity to the French Open, it is one of the most sought after competition by the players as they look to prepare for the second Grand Slam competition of the year.
And it comes as no surprise that Rafael Nadal has dominated the event ruthlessly over the years and he is set to enter the 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters as the two-time defending champion.
In totality, he has won the tournament 10 times, with eight of those wins being continuous in nature between 2005-2012.
In many ways, the Monte-Carlo Masters is like a practice run for the ‘King of Clay’, who eyes the prestigious French Open crown. Considering the season he has had in 2017, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him lift the Monte-Carlo title for the record 11th time.
He will definitely start off as the bookmakers’ favourite but a lot will depend on his own health and the way his competitors play – the likes of Novak Djokovic who have taken a break from the game to come out fresh for 2018.
In the 2017 edition, Nadal faced his compatriot Albert Ramos Vinolas in the final, whom he defeated in straight sets comfortably.
It was a good tournament for the Spaniard, who conquered the likes of David Goffin and Alexander Zverev with ease. While the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka also participated in the tournament, they fumbled in the earlier rounds, leaving the fans disappointed.
Murray, for instance, was sent packing in only his second match, while Djokovic managed to reach the quarter-final before going down to David Goffin. Wawrinka was a third round casualty while Marin Cilic lost in the last-eight round.
However, in this edition, the aforementioned players are expected to return in the best of health and hopefully, form.
The 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters Tips & Odds will be updated here closer to the start of the competition.