Madrid Open: Men’s and women’s title predictions

Published by Game Insight Group

Simona Halep is defending her title at the Mutua Madrid Open; Getty Images
The Madrid Open is under way and the Game Insight Group has crunched the numbers to come up with the players most likely to be raising trophies at the weekend.

Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep might both be top seeds and defending champions, but it’s a mark of the Spaniard’s dominance on clay that he is such an overwhelming favourite, while the women’s draw is far more evenly contested among the leading players.

The data also suggests that the bottom quarter, headed by Caroline Wozniacki, is the toughest in the women’s draw, while the third quarter, which includes a first-round contest between Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori, is the hardest in the men’s draw.

Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas has earned his place among the leading contenders with his recent form, and Petra Kvitova has played her way back into the top bracket of title hopes in 2018.

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The predictions are put together using Elo ratings, an alternative to more traditional rankings aimed at giving a greater insight into a player’s performance ability.

They factor in every professional match a player has played in their career, taking into account the level of the opponent, the difficulty of the match and whether it took place at tour level or at a Grand Slam.

When adjusted for specific surfaces, they still take into account all of a player’s matches but weigh those on the chosen surface more heavily.

Madrid Open Men’s Championship Prediction (pre-tournament)

 Player Title chance
1. Rafael Nadal 44.3%
2. Novak Djokovic 13.0%
3. Juan Martin del Potro 8.6%
4. Alexander Zverev 6.9%
5. Dominic Thiem 5.5%
6. David Goffin 3.8%
7. Milos Raonic 2.7%
8. Grigor Dimitrov 2.4%
9. Stefanos Tsitsipas 1.7%
10. John Isner 1.5%

Madrid Open Women’s Championship Prediction (pre-tournament)

 Player Title chance
1. Simona Halep 12.6%
2. Elina Svitolina 12.3%
3. Maria Sharapova 9.0%
4. Caroline Wozniacki 7.7%
5. Karolina Pliskova 7.5%
6. Daria Kasatkina 6.9%
7. Petra Kvitova 5.5%
8. Venus Williams 5.1%
9. Naomi Osaka 4.9%
10. Garbine Muguruza 4.2%

 

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