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Carlos Alcaraz (+160)
The current favourite to lift the trophy and be called the champion at the end of the week is Spain's Alcaraz, who is 18-2 for the year so far and received a bye up to the round of 32 in the tournament.
The 18-year-old has been highly impressive in his young career so far, already winning three singles titles including two in 2022.
He opened the year by winning the ATP tournament in Rio de Janeiro, dropping just two sets along the way and defeating world number six Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals before world number 14 Diego Schwartzman fell in the final in straight sets.
He progressed to the semi-finals of Indian Wells, beating world number 15 Roberto Bautista Agut in the round of 32, before beating Gael Monfils and world number 12 Cameron Norrie. He then faced off with his idol Rafael Nadal in the final four, and even managed to win a set, before falling to defeat.
He bounced back though in Miami by winning the entire tournament again. World number five Stefano Tsitsipas was despatched in straight sets in the round of 16, before top ten players Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud were beaten in the semi-finals and final in straight sets too.
He comes into this tournament in great form and with Novak Djokovic already out, he has a great chance of success to continue to enhance his ever-growing reputation.]
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Stefano Tsitsipas (+375)
The world number five Tsitsipas has not had the greatest of years so far, but he kicked off his Monte Carlo tournament in near flawless fashion in the round of 32.
After receiving a bye into the round he came up against Fabio Fognini and it took him just 70 minutes to beat the Italian 6-3 6-0 and progress into the quarter-finals.
He started the year reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, before falling to world number two Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling four-set clash.
He then progressed to the final of the ATP Rotterdam tournament where he was beaten by Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets in what was a disappointing performance.
Marseille and Acapulco were tournaments he should have won but he failed to make the final in either, while he turned in another really disappointing peformance at Indian Wells to crash out at the round of 32.
His form hasn't been good enough coming into this tournament, but with more preparation time and the great start he's had then he could prove to be a decent value bet to cash.
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Casper Ruud (+600)
The Norwegian has burst on the ATP scene this year and has made a big run for the tournaments he's been in, earning his seventh singles title of his career and the sixth on an outdoor clay court.
The 23-year-old started the year off in Buenos Aires where he beat three consecutive Argentine players to claim the title, dropping his only set of the tournament in the final against world number 15 Diego Schwartzman/
Indian Wells wasn't so nice to him, as he was beaten by crowd favourite Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the round of 32 but he bounced back well to make it all the way to the finals of the ATP Miami tournament.
His run to the final included a straight sets win over Cameron Norrie and then a big win in the quarter-finals against world number four Alexander Zverev, before defeat to Carlos Alcaraz in the final in straight sets.
His form has been pretty good coming into the tournament and at +600, if he can get past Alcaraz in the semi-finals should they meet as expected then I'd back him to come out on top with the trophy too.
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The Spaniard has everything going for him right now. He's in form, he's got wins this year against all the other contenders and he's on the come up.
If you're looking for a youngster to track in future years, he looks like the one, so back him to come out victorious once again here.