British duo Heather Watson and Andy Murray begin their respective bids to add WTA and ATP tour titles at the Rome Open this week, so we're tipping them.
We start, however, with two German women looking to become ladies’ singles champion. Sabine Lisicki, ranked 18 places above her initial foe Sloane Stephens, yet the American is favourite to come through their latest encounter.
Former Wimbledon finalist Lisicki lost in straight sets on clay to her American opponent during their only previous meeting on that surface, but the WTA rankings have to count for something. To slay Stephens in three sets, she is a fantastic top price of 5/1 with Betway.
Lisicki’s compatriot Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, demolished her first round opponent Alize Cornet in straight sets during their only previous meeting on clay. It’s even-money with William Hill that the German can repeat this feat.
Watson tackles Italian player Roberta Vinci, having beaten her already this year at Hobart on a hard surface. It’s a best price of 3/1 with Boylesports that the Brit can defeat this more experienced pro in straight sets again here.
Moving on to the ATP men’s singles event, and there’s a first meeting for five years between ninth seed Marin Cilic and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The Croatian slumped to a shock loss at the Madrid Masters last week, being beaten by another Spaniard in Fernando Verdasco.
Garcia-Lopez is 5/4 with several bookmakers (bet365, Betfred, BetVictor, Paddy Power and SkyBet) to defeat Cilic, and top odds of 3/1 with William Hill to do so without dropping a set.
There’s a first-ever meeting between Nick Kyrgios, recent conqueror of Roger Federer in Madrid, and Feliciano Lopez. It’s the Spaniard who is ranked higher based on his ATP tour and Grand Slam performances, though, and a superb 7/4 with Betway to beat the Aussie.
World number 27 Bernard Tomic, another who represents Australia, tackles Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, an opponent he has struggled with historically. Backing Tomic at a nifty 9/2 with Betway, who have the best price on him winning in three sets, could be a worthy investment.
And finally, Madrid Masters men’s single champion Murray returns to clay court action after shocking Rafael Nadal by facing Jeremy Chardy. He’s lost to the Frenchman before but, at a top price of 7/2 with bet365, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, SkyBet and William Hill, to win in three sets, following his exertions.