Rome Masters Betting Tips

ROME - MAY 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand against Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final , during the ATP Masters Series at the Foro Italico, May 14, 2006 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rome Masters Betting Tips: Men’s Singles

It is hard to imagine any other player taking on the gifted Rafael Nadal in Rome and walking away victor, especially since the court surface is his preferred surface. It came as a surprise when the King of Clay suffered an early dismissal at the 2008 Rome Masters in the second round, ruining his chance of a 4th consecutive win.

His 2008 loss aside, Nadal has proven to the world that he is in all probability one of the most talented clay court specialists the pro circuit has seen in recent years. He has lifted the title at Roland Garros in the past four years, and has a clay court win/loss record of 157–14!

When you gaze at his overall record it is hard to believe that he is only 22 years of age. He is, indeed, the ‘King of Clay’ and the only man who could possibly deny him his fourth Foro Italico crown is the astonishing Roger Federer.

Roger Federer’s 2008 season was a mixed bag, and not as thrilling as his 2007 season. In 2007 he claimed a breath-taking, eight singles titles, including the Australian Open, the Wimbledon Championships, the US Open and the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. In 2008, he was finally kicked out of the number one spot by rival Rafael Nadal, who defeated him at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships – this also ruined Federer’s chances at a 6th consecutive Wimbledon title.

Current Rome Masters champion, Novak Djokovic defeated Federer at the Australian Open and went on to claim his first ever Grand Slam title. Djokovic’s 2008 season was a real breakthrough, the young Serb soundly defeated the giants of tennis and ended the year ranking 3rd in the World!

There are a few other clay court specialists who could cause an upset on the day – names like Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gustavo Kuerten, Guillermo Coria and Fernando Gonzalez spring to mind. Then there is David Nalbandian who has had a huge leap up the ATP rankings and has been the cause of many upsets against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the Paris and Madrid Masters.

One thing we know for sure is that the Eastern European contingent is slowly dominating the tennis world and with the recent Serbian champions of 2008, Novak Djokovic, and Jelena Jankovic,  successfully predicting the next champion will be quite a thrill.

The Americans too have not been dominant in Rome. Andre Agassi in 2002 was the last man carrying the star spangled banner to have success at the Rome Masters. This is possibly due to the fact that the clay surface in America is different to the European red clay and is said to play very differently.

Given his expertise on the clay court, a good Rome Masters betting tip is that the clear favourite to win the 2009 men’s event for a fourth time has to be Rafael Nadal.

Rome Masters Betting Tips: Women’s Singles

The women’s event has been won twice by Jelena Jankovic, currently ranked world number 1 (November 2008). Her career is growing steadily as she dominates one tournament after another, and her rise to the top of the WTA without claiming a grand slam title, proves that she has what it takes to win a third title at the 2009 Rome Masters.

There are several other players who must be in contention. Only Amelie Mauresmo has consistently appeared on the scoreboard, both as the winner and as runner-up. The Frenchwomen has been battling with form of late, but the end-of-year break may just be what the Grand Slam champion needs to rediscover her earlier touch.

Then, of course there are the Williams sisters. Both Serena and Venus have had success at Foro Italico – Venus in 1999 and Serena in 2002. The Americans are on the comeback trail with both sisters winning grand slam events in 2008, Venus at Wimbledon and Serena at the US Open. If they can ever re-discover their form of 2002/2003, then we will surely have a hugely exciting 2009 WTA season.

Svetlana Kuznetsova and  Dinara Safina have all had successful runs at the Rome Masters, not forgetting Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic, who although have never reached the final in Rome, have had a good enough year to finish in the top ten of the WTA rankings.

However, it would be a fitting tribute, to an immensely talented young woman, if jelena Jankovic could lift her third title in Rome in 2009.