No problems for Rafa in Spain over the weekend, as he comfortably overcame Tipsarevic, Verdasco and Ferrer to secure another title on the red stuff.
It was a further week without the loss of a set for Rafa. The current World No.2 was pushed hard in the final by David Ferrer and had to be at the top of his game to take the first set to a tie-break. After winning the opening set tie-break with ease, it looked as if Nadal would pull away easily in the second set, but a determined Ferrer hung in, and was perhaps a little unfortunate to lose the second set 7-5.
Aside from Rafa, the story of the week in Barcelona was the outstanding performances of 21-year-old Canadian, Milos Raonic.
Following comfortable victories over Alejandro and Andreev, Raonic caught the eye with his straight sets victory over the in-form Nicolas Almagro. A brilliant trading game saw massive profits for anyone using Tennis Trading League Strategies. Few thought Raonic could do it – but surprise results and upsets bring in the money when trading tennis.
A tough looking quarter-final with Andy Murray was next up but, in what was probably the youngster’s most impressive result to date, he overcame the World No.4 in straight sets to reach a quarter-final with Ferrer.
Defeating the two most accomplished clay-court players in the World in successive days was always going to be too much of an ask for Raonic, but he made Ferrer work hard for a tight victory on Saturday afternoon, and it seems that big things lie in wait for Milos Raonic.
The Week Ahead
After a gruelling few weeks on the ATP Tour, which has seen the top names battle it out in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, it’s a week off for most of the big guns, giving them time to prepare for the bigger events which lay ahead in Madrid, Rome and ultimately, Roland Garros.
If you’re looking for tennis trading opportunities or just can’t get enough tennis, there are ATP 250 events taking place across Europe and whilst it may be tough to pick who will perform well in these events, the same tennis trading principles apply and matches should be tighter across the entire week, resulting in some nice profits.
The Belgrade event was dealt a severe blow in terms of the withdrawal of its star name, Novak Djokovic. But, whilst the World’s best player will not be competing, there are still some big names in attendance and it may be a good thing for the Serbian based event, run by the Djokovic family, for Novak not to win it every year!
The top seeded player is Spaniard, Pablo Andujar, who is strongest on clay, but will have tough tests ahead, in the shape of Nieminen and Harrison if he’s to come through the top half. I’d see David Nalbandian as the favourite for this one, and possibly pick Nieminen to come through in the top half. The field looks very evenly matched in Belgrade this week, so there should be plenty of very close matches, which will bring about a range of tennis trading opportunities.
The Munich based ATP 250 event sees some of the bigger names in action, as the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Feliciano Lopez and Bernard Tomic, all compete. Tsonga is the favourite with the tennis bookmakers, but hasn’t been playing the most consistent tennis so far this year. Youzhny and Cilic can both cause problems for Tsonga, but I see Lopez performing well in the bottom half and this could well be an event for the 30-year-old Spaniard to take the third title of his career.
Juan Martin Del Potro, is the favourite in Estoril and if the Argentine plays anywhere near to his top form, he should indeed be able to achieve success here. With Richard Gasquet and Stanislaus Warwrinka his two biggest challengers, it’s little surprise to see Delpo priced up at just 11/10 with the bookmakers.
Players to watch this week: these players have been involved in high-profit, close trading games and should get great results this week.
Juan Martin Del Potro