The men's singles event at the Madrid Open has reached the quarter-final stage, and eight of the top 16 seeds shall contest them, including Murray v Raonic.
Reigning Madrid Open champion Rafael Nadal, ‘the king of clay’, remains a firm 5/4 favourite with Betfred, Boylesports and 888.com to retain his crown, as he faces a straightforward quarter-final against Grigor Dimitrov.
Spanish sensation Nadal boasts a perfect five wins out of five when previously paired with the Bulgarian, so is strongly odds-on at 1/5 with BoyleSports to defeat him again.
Nifty Nadal dropped just four games en route to a straight sets victory over Dimitrov at last year’s ATP event in Rome, which follows the Madrid Open.
Punters can enhance Rafa’s price to 8/15 if you back him with a free bet from Betfred, BetVictor, Boylesports, Coral or Ladbrokes to repeat a 2-0 result. Making any sort of case for Dimitrov, meanwhile, borders on the impossible, and it’s a similar story for 16th seed John Isner.
The American has lost all three of his previous fixtures on clay with last eight opponent Tomas Berdych, who is odds-on at 2/7 with William Hill to triumph on this surface again.
Czech Republic top tennis pro Berdych is well-worth taking to win in three sets at a tasty 10/3 with Ladbrokes, while for the match to go the distance take 2/1 with the same bookie.
There is also real value in betting against Great Britain’s number one Andy Murray (a top-price 13/2 tournament chance with Betfred and 888.com), who plays Montenegrin-born Milos Roanic, who represents Canada.
Fifth seed Raonic rocked Murray before in their only previous meeting on clay, and is well worth taking at a best-price 13/8 with Betfred to beat him again.
Scotland star Murray lost in straight sets back in 2012 at Barcelona, and could succumb again after several late night finishes have left him tired. A best-price and fabulous 4/1 with William Hill says Raonic can rout him with that result again.
Another Spaniard, David Ferrer, could also pull off a shock against fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the last quarter-final, as he already beaten the Japanese tennis ace this year.
Nifty top odds of 9/4 with 888.com say Ferrer can repeat his victory from Acapulco, Mexico, and 5/1 on offer at Boylesports says he can do so in straight sets again.
Betting tip: Milos Raonic beats Andy Murray @ 13/8 with Betfred