Join us while we analyze ATP Auckland's Draw, the main contenders and the players to keep an eye on. Find out who might lift the trophy and the best tennis picks for this event.
The four-time champion, David Ferrer, will participate on this event for the 11th time on his career. After losing on ATP Doha’s first round against Illya Marchenko, the Spaniard will try to get some victories under his belt before the Australian Open. Because he is one of the top four seeds, David will only start his campaign on second round. There are some dangerous players on Ferrer’s half, such as Kevin Anderson, Ivo Karlovic, Steve Johnson or Benoit Paire. The first three are great servers; however, David is one of the best returners on tour and has a great career record against this kind of players. Paire is an extremely talented player with a fabulous backhand, but he’s far from consistent and it should be hard for him to keep the level after a good run at Chennai. The conditions in Auckland are extremely windy and Ferrer seems to adjust very well to those. The Spaniard has a terrific footwork, which allows him to adjust quickly to ball trajectory changes due to the wind. Ferrer will be extremely motivated after last week’s early loss, the conditions suit him and for that reason, we suggest to add David at 3.75 on bet365 to your tennis picks.
After withdrawing from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship due to a forearm injury, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will compete on ATP Auckland for the first time on his career. Tsonga is the highest ranked player in bottom half of the draw and if the French is healthy, he might go far on this event. However, this will be Tsonga’s first official event and he’s known for being a slow starter, adding to this his record on lower events outside French soil is far from good – on last 50 matches Tsonga’s ROI on ATP events outside France is -30.6%. With this in mind, we advise to avoid betting on Tsonga at 5.50 on bet365.
Player To Keep An Eye On
John Isner returns to a tournament where he was extremely successful in the past, with two trophies in four appearances. Before this event, John highlighted that fact: “I’ve historically played well here and this was always an important tournament for me”. Isner serve is always extremely hard to return and the windy conditions in Auckland makes it even more difficult to his opponents. John is in bottom half of the draw and he’ll only start playing on second round against Sam Querrey or Aljaz Bedene. His following opponent might be Roberto Bautista Agut and on semifinals Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fabio Fognini or Philipp Kohlschreiber. If Isner is focused, as he has been on the past at Auckland, he can beat any of these players. It’s always tough to bet on a week before a Grand Slam because you never know the players' motivation, but due to Isner large success on this event, we suggest to add the American tennis odds at 7.50 on bet365.