Can Chung make a deep run at the Chengdu Open?
<div><h2>Main Contender</h2><p>John Isner will make his first appearance at the Chengdu Open this season after a very intense weekend in Geneva. The Greensboro native represented team world in the Laver Cup, playing three matches – two singles and one doubles – in just two days. Isner has suffered with knee problems throughout his career and it’s not easy for the 34-year-old to play at his best in consecutive weeks. Adding to this, Isner will have to travel from Switzerland to China and adjust to different conditions after playing on indoor last weekend.</p><p>John will only start his campaign on Wednesday or Thursday since he’s one of the top seeds. However, it’s hard to see the American reaching the final stages in Chengdu. Isner carefully manages his schedule to be at his peak on the big tournaments, which makes it quite surprising to see him competing on this event. On the other hand, John should have a very tough task in his opening match against Egor Gerasimov. The Belarusian is having the best season of his career and recently reached the semi-finals in St. Petersburg. Therefore, our advice is for you to avoid placing any bet on John’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/atp-tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live ATP Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> to lift the trophy in Chengdu at +450 with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4535&book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Sportsbook!">Bet365</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=6008&book=Picks-Best-Sportsbooks&utm_source=display&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Best%20Sportsbooks&utm_content=728x90" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d824ae01299acf822628beb/original-best-sportsbooks" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2>Player to Keep an Eye</h2><p>Former world No.19 Hyeon Chung received a wild card to compete in Chengdu for the second time in his career. The 23-year-old missed five months of the season due to back injury and is currently ranked outside the Top 100. However, Chung seems to have rediscovered his best form in recent months. Besides winning a Challenger Tour title in Chengdu, Hyeon also reached the third round at the US Open. Despite his ranking, Chung is one of the most talented young players on the ATP Tour and the first Korean player to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event.</p><p>Looking now at Hyeon’s draw on this event, the world No.143 will being his Chengdu Open campaign against Joao Sousa on Tuesday. Sousa is an outstanding fighter and recently reached the semi-finals at the St. Petersburg Open. Nevertheless, the Portuguese No.1 will only have a couple of days to travel to China and adjust to different game conditions. On the other hand, Chung is also a tough matchup for Sousa, winning their previous encounter at the Miami Open last year in straight sets.</p><p>As mentioned above, Chung won a Challenger title a few weeks ago in Chengdu. That tournament is played in the same venue as this event, which means that Hyeon is very familiar with the courts at the Sichuan International Tennis Center. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Chung’s moneyline to your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions & Free Picks">betting picks</a> as the best approach for this first-round match.</p><p><strong>Best Pick:</strong> Chung to beat Sousa (-154) with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4550&book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">Pinnacle</a></p></div>