The Western & Southern Open takes place in Cincinnati and will be played on Hard Court.
Top Half of the Draw
After winning his second consecutive Gold Medal in the Olympic Tournament, Andy Murray is now looking for his third career title in Cincinnati – where he’s now the main favorite after Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal. Murray reaches this event with sky high confidence, saying that he’s going through the best moment of his career after winning 29 of his last 30 matches.
Taking a look now to Andy’s draw on this event, the world no.2 won’t have an easy debut against one of the best servers in the history of the game – Ivo Karlovic – however, Murray won all the previous seven encounters between them and the same should happen on this match.
Richard Gasquet and Kei Nishikori are the toughest opponents that Murray can face in the following two rounds yet, the British holds a terrific record against both and it would be surprising to see any of them defeating the top seed.
Looking now to Murray’s potential opponents’ in the semifinals, Milos Raonic is the biggest threat on his path. These two players have featured some remarkable battles this year however, the winner was always the same, with Murray emerging victorious on their previous six meetings.
Due to Murray’s tremendous record in recent months, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on his betting odds at +225 at Bet365, in a tournament where Andy should take advantage of Djokovic’s absence to grab another trophy.
Bottom Half of the Draw
After more than two months away from competition due to a wrist injury, Rafael Nadal returned at a very good level in Rio de Janeiro, ending the Olympic Tournament in 4th place and winning the doubles Gold Medal with Marc Lopez. However, it won’t be easy for the Spaniard to present his best tennis on this event after such a demanding week in Rio. Adding to this, the fast court conditions in Cincinnati are far from ideal for Nadal, with the Spaniard struggling to perform at his best.
Looking now to Rafael’s draw, an extremely tough contest is expected on the third round against Nick Kyrgios. The Australian reaches this event after winning the title in Atlanta and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him defeating Nadal on this fast conditions.
If Rafael survives this tough test he might face other two players known for their powerful tennis – Tomas Berdych and Stan Wawrinka. Even though Nadal’s positive record against both, it’s impossible for us to find value on the Spaniard to win this event at +800 at Bet365 for that reason, our recommendation is for you to avoid placing any bet on Nadal.
As we mentioned before, Kyrgios is also on the bottom half of the draw with the fast game conditions in Cincinnati clearly suiting his game style. The Australian is an incredibly talented player with a massive serve and after winning the title in Atlanta, he should approach this competition with a great mindset.
However, Nick is also known for his temper and as we saw in Toronto – where he lost in the first round against the wild card Denis Shapovalov – it’s never easy to predict what Kyrgios is going to do.
With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to wait for his first round match against Lucas Pouille and if Kyrgios presents a good attitude, then there is value in adding him to your betting picks to reach his first career Masters 1000 final.