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Draw gives Wawrinka a chance to hit Monte Carlo jackpot

Questions over the big-hitters

Stan Wawrinka is good enough to dominate on the slow red courts again
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Monte Carlo hosts the first Masters 1000 event of the year on clay and, unsurprisingly, it's a fiendishly competitive line-up.

However, it can be simplified. With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic drawn in the same half, it's worth concentrating on the section headed by Andy Murray, who could be vulnerable given he goes into the tournament after an injury.

One man who certainly doesn't look vulnerable, though, is Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss has started the year in great style and has been unlucky not to have lifted a trophy.

He has been handed a kind draw and should have little trouble advancing to the later rounds. The big hitter won't have to worry about his countryman Roger Federer this time as the veteran is taking a break, so the way looks clear for a big run from the in-form Grand Slam winner.

The price looks more than fair, especially considering the front three in the market are nowhere near as dominant as they have been in the past.

One player who could be worth an each-way interest is Dominic Thiem. The Austrian has been quite consistent in recent months and was rewarded for that when he beat Pablo Carreno Busta to win the Rio title on the same surface last month.

If he turns up in the same form then he will be a tough nut to crack, particularly as his game is improving all the time.

Pablo Cuevas is also worth a wager. The South American thrives on the surface and could spring a surprise.

Recommendations
S Wawrinka
1pt 8-1 Ladbrokes
D Thiem
1pt each-way 33-1 general
P Cuevas
0.5pt each-way 80-1 Betfred

It's worth concentrating on the section headed by Andy Murray, who could be vulnerable given he goes into the tournament after an injury
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