Join us on our ATP 500 Vienna tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out who is the undeniable favorite, the players to keep an eye and the highest value tennis picks to place.
Top Half of the Draw
Andy Murray continues his quest for the ATP World Tour ranking leadership. The 2014 champion returns to Vienna where he's once again, the undeniable favorite to lift the trophy. After winning the ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai title, Murray increased his 2016 record to 60 – 17. Due to Andy's outstanding level in recent months, it's unlikely to see the British missing the opportunity of winning his 7th title this year. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Murray's outright to your betting picks at -149 at BetVictor.
Looking now to the other players on the top half of the draw, Dominic Thiem is the main favorite to reach the semifinals in the 2nd quarter. After a superb first half of 2016 with Thiem breaking into the top 10 for the first time in his career, the last months haven't been easy for the Austrian. Playing so many matches in just six months proved to be too much for Dominic's body. However, Thiem should present himself at a very good level in Vienna after three weeks away from competition.
Taking a look now at Dominic's opponents in the 2nd quarter, the defending champion – David Ferrer – is the biggest threat on the Austrian's path. Despite David's terrific record on this event, the Spaniard is far from his best level. Therefore, this is definitely a great opportunity for Thiem to reach Vienna's semifinals for the first time in his career, which makes him an interesting investment for a trade at +1400 at Coral.
Bottom Half of the Draw
Tomas Berdych returns to Vienna after a ten year absence. With the ATP World Tour Finals around the corner every point counts and after Rafael Nadal's decision to skip the rest of the season, Berdych is currently in the last place which gives access to London. However, the last weeks haven't been easy for Tomas with the Czech losing on his debut in Tokyo and Shanghai against Gilles Muller and Marcel Granollers, respectively.
Looking now to Berdych's draw in Vienna, the world no.10 won't have an easy task with very dangerous players on his quarter such as Karen Khachanov, Steve Johnson or even Nikoloz Basilashvili – his first opponent on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to avoid placing any bet on Berdych's outright at +1100 at Coral.
On the other side, Vienna brings great memories to Johnson with the American reaching the final last year. Even though Steve won't have an easy debut against Ivo Karlovic, the American is definitely a player to keep an eye on this event. Having said that, we recommend you to place a small wager on Johnson's betting odds for a trade in the later stages at +3300 at Bet365.
The 2011 Erste Bank Open 500 champion – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – is the main favorite to reach the final in the bottom half of the draw. Playing on Indoor Hard Court clearly, suits Tsonga's powerful game style with 66.67% of his 12 titles on the ATP World Tour achieved on this surface. Taking a look now at Tsonga's potential opponents, the French might face Roberto Bautista Agut, a player who defeated him recently in Shanghai. However, this seems to be a great opportunity for the French to revenge that loss and for that reason, we expect to see Tsonga reaching the final. It's unlikely to see Jo-Wilfried surprising Murray in the final yet, the French are still a valuable option for a trading position at +1000 at Coral.