The lead up to the French Open comes through Rome once again as the battles on clay heat up. Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay and is coming off the back another win at the Madrid Masters. Nadal has won 6 of the last 10 Rome Masters and no matter how battled his body becomes it always seems to mend on clay as his confidence rises. Of the other four Novak Djokovic has been the winner.
Nadal is up to his peak years with a holding serve success rate of 87.7% this season. Murray is top-seeded and is desperate to prove himself on clay. For these highly competitive tournaments the draw is all important and in that sense, Swiss star Stan Wawrinka has the easiest run in. Marin Cilic will stand in his way but with Murray off form Wawrinka has a slick line into the final. Wawrinka to at least reach the final.
AT&T Byron Nelson
Texas is always popular with the PGA Tour players and that is no different with this year as we see a strong group head to TPS Four Seasons. Dustin Johnson is among them, fully recovered from injury but still licking wounds over the Masters. He is at 5/1 to lift the trophy. Hot on his tail and the local boy is Jordan Spieth. The new American poster boy will be familiar with the course and will be a hot favourite with the fans who will no doubt follow him eagerly awaiting magic.
The course in Irving suits big hitters. It may only have two par 5’s but with many par 4’s around 500 yards, the long hitters have always enjoyed this one. Although it should be said with the tightness of the holes it could also be argued it is just as much about precision. That is why it suits Johnson. If his health can hold up and he plays the way he did earlier in the year then it is his to lose. Though it is always dangerous to say that on the PGA. Especially after the surprise win at the Players Championships.
Premier League 2018
It may not be officially over but eyes will already be looking to 2018 edition after Chelsea lifted the trophy last week. There will be many unanswered questions, like what will happen to Arsene Wenger and how will Spurs deal with Wembley but we thought we would take a look into the future anyway.
Unusually the bookies are only putting Chelsea second favourite for next year at 5/2. This could have something to do with the never-ending question over Diego Costa who got 20 goals this season but is always a mercenary figure. China is a big draw still. The favourites with the bookies are Manchester City. The citizen has struggled towards the end of the season and we guess the thinking here is that there will be a classic splurge of cash to fill the cracks. Guardiola is a man under pressure he has never experienced before and we just get the sense that the wheels could fall off early on in the season with the Spaniard.
While Chelsea are a strong choice with or without Costa if your looking for the big money then we would put our money on Tottenham finally reaching the top and making the 2017/2018 season even more memorable than it will already be for them