Mason Open swings into action this week and the top seed will all be battling
it out from Tuesday onwards. Isner, Verdasco and Troicki are all amongs the top
seeds hoping to life the trophy on Sunday.
Monfils and Mardy Fish come into this event as the joint 11/2 favourites,
however both men have headed the odds lists for other events in the last few
weeks and although Mardy Fish did reach the final in LA last week, neither man
has really shone all summer.
perform better on the hard courts than Monfils, although in reaching the final
of the Paris Masters event just last year, Monfils has proven he can do it on
an indoor hard surface.
nice odds if you’re behind one of these two but after a full week’s work in LA
for Fish and an indifferent run of form so far this summer for Monfils, my
money would not be on either of these men.
Next in the
betting comes, Jurgen Melzer, who again has not been playing on top of his form
this summer. His most impressive result since Wimbledon came in the shape of a
quarter-final defeat to Fernando Verdasco in Germany
a fortnight ago, and despite winning the doubles event in Stuttgart, 7/1 is not good enough for me to
be gambling on the 30-year-old Austrian.
two men in the tennis handicappers’ odds are Viktor Troicki and John Isner. For
me it’s these two men who are most hungry for success at the moment and I’d be
looking at one of them to go the distance.
Troicki has hugely improved his game over the last 12 months and like his
compatriot, Novak Djokovic, the Serb seems to be benefitting from the
confidence he gained in last November’s Davis Cup Win.
Troicki’s big hard court events this year, have seen him come up against his
great friend, Novak Djokovic, just as he seemed to be putting together an
impressive run. He’ll be relieved there’s no chance of him facing the
Serbinator here this week and will be looking to continue his impressive climb
up the rankings with a solid week here. I like his odds of 8/1 and along with
Isner, he’d be my pick for this event.
disappointing Wimbledon, John Isner bounced back to win just the second title
of his career in Newport and with two big Master’s events and the US Open just
around the corner, Isner will be hoping
to come good at just the right time. He’s playing this one in his home country
and in my opinion will be one of the most motivated players in the competition.
At 9/1, he’d probably be running neck and neck with Viktor Troicki in my
opinion, although the home advantage may just push him through.
there are a bunch of top quality tennis players, all priced up at some very
Jnr, who had a remarkable run in LA just last week, is priced up at a
staggering 200/1 and Ryan Harrison, another impressive performer last week, can
be backed at around 33/1.
though, with the big events of the US
Hard Court summer, just around the corner, this is
a chance for some of the bigger names in this event to play themselves into
form and I’d expect one of the top five or six names in the betting to take
this one. Isner and Troicki are my picks, but don’t discount the likes of Verdasco,
Nalbandian or even Janko Tipsarevic.