Citi Open: Main Contender, Possible Upsets & Value Play

John Isner

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 6:09 PM GMT

Washington hosts the biggest tournament of the week on the ATP World Tour with 500 points for the winner. Join us and find out who are the main contenders and the highest value tennis picks on this event.

ATP Washington
The Citi Open takes place in Washington and will be played on Hard Court.

Main Contender
The three-time ATP Washington runner-up, John Isner, is once again one of the main favorites to grab the title in this event and he's trying to go a step further after being just one win away from lifting the trophy in 2015. Isner loves to compete on US soil, with 8 of his 10 career titles achieved on the United States and with a 68.50% winning record on home country while his overall record is 62.29%.

Looking to Isner's draw on this event, the American won't have an easy life with very dangerous players on his path such as Marcos Baghdatis, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock, Bernard Tomic or Grigor Dimitrov. Even though the tough draw that Isner has ahead of him, this is a very special tournament for him and after losing three times in the final, this might be his year. John is currently priced at +500 at BetVictor to win the title, a very interesting value that we recommend you to add to your betting picks.

Possible Upsets
After a terrific start of year, the last months haven't been easy for Gael Monfils with the French struggling with some physical issues. After withdrawing from the French Open due to a viral infection, Monfils suffered an early loss in Wimbledon against his fellow countryman, Jeremy Chardy. Gael is playing this event for the first time since 2011 when he lost in the final against Radek Stepanek.

Even though Monfils' tremendous quality, it's hard for us to trust on him at the time since his last victory was almost three months ago in Madrid. Gael is the highest ranked player in the bottom half of the draw and he even has a good draw to reach the further stages of the competition however, we simply can't find value on Monfils' tennis odds to win the title at +650 at Bet365 due to his recent problems and also his terrible career record in finals – 5 titles and 19 finals lost.

It has been a phenomenal year for Alexander Zverev with the German currently on his best career ranking. This is Zverev's second career appearance on this event, with the world no.27 reaching the quarterfinals last year. Even though Alexander reaches this event after a disappointing first round loss in Hamburg against Inigo Cervantes, the German can never be underestimated.
Zverev has a very difficult draw ahead of him, starting his campaign against other of the most promising players on tour – Taylor Fritz. If Alexander survives that first match, he might have to face several big servers such as Kevin Anderson, Gilles Muller or Sam Querrey. Besides these three, he can also face very tough opponents such as Gael Monfils or Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Even though we wouldn't be surprised to see Zverev reaching the final, we suggest avoiding placing a bet on the German due to the very tough draw ahead of him and also his problems to maintain a consistent level, like it happened last week in Hamburg.

Value Play
For this event, we won't have a player to keep an eye on since we can't find any valuable player that worths a bet. With this in mind, our main suggestion for this event is to place a bet on the first seed, John Isner, to win his 11th career title, which can be found at +500 on BetVictor.