Rafael Nadal has won 40 matches in the Miami Open since 2005, and he has been a top player in Florida since then and usually has been at the top of the Miami Open tennis odds. Despite this, the Spaniard has never won the season’s second Masters 1000 event, losing all five finals from 2005 to 2017 and not competing since his last championship fight.
Nadal will not compete in the Miami Open for the first time in the next two weeks, opting to forgo the event to devote more time to his favorite clay event. This is a big blow as he was projected to be at the top of the Miami Open tennis odds in Indian Wells, Nadal conceded that he had already played too much tennis since the beginning of the year, having won all three events and earning 17 victories in as many matches.
After Indian Wells, the Spaniard wants to take a br
oot injury suffered at Roland Garros in the second half of the previous season, Nadal only played two matches the remainder of the year, hoping for a new start in 2022 and a place at the top of the Miami Open Tennis odds.
With numerous questions hanging over his head when he arrived in Melbourne, Nadal won a tiny ATP 250 tournament before winning his second Australian Open and the record-breaking 21st Major title. In the final, Nadal trailed Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 before completing an amazing comeback and winning 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in five hours and 24 minutes. The tennis odds have shown that Nadal is back on his game and playing very well.
After a brief break, Nadal returned to play in Acapulco, where he won his fourth Mexico title, defeating Daniil Medvedev and extending his winning run to 15 matches. After wins against Sebastian Korda and Daniel Evans, Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round at Indian Wells.
“I haven’t played in Miami in several years. I’m nearly 36 years old, and I’ve played much more than I anticipated at the start of the season. Making fast changes from one surface to another, like playing on clay right after a heavy workout, is not ideal for my body,” Nadal stated.
Hubert Hurkacz, the defending men’s champion, returns to defend his title against a strong field that includes reigning US Open winner and current World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Zverev, and World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, and Andy Murray, a wildcard entry, are among the previous Grand Slam winners on the entrance list.
Other players to watch are Andrey Rublev, the nine-time ATP singles winner who is now ranked No. 7 in the world and has already won an ATP singles championship this year in Marseille, and World No. 8 Casper Ruud, who won his seventh career ATP victory in Buenos Aires this year. The tournament will include 72 of the world’s top 75 men.
You can bet on the Miami Open betting odds wherever you make your bets. Our favorite bet to make on tennis is predicting the event’s winner prior to the event starting and seeing how good we are at tennis betting. We try to stay away from tennis spread betting as that can get a little iffy at times.
Our pick is Medvedev, as, at Indian Wells, Medvedev had a tournament to forget. In the third round, he was eliminated, losing his No. 1 position in the process. Some bettors could flee if they see that. But that’s only a blip on the radar, and we don’t believe it should stop you from betting on the Russian in Miami.
When you take a step back, there hasn’t been a greater men’s hardcourt player in the past year than Medvedev. Since March 2021, he has an amazing 54-11 record on hard courts. For this reason, we see him making a bounce back this week and winning the event.