The world no.1 returns to competition this week on ATP Doha. Find out the main contenders and join us while we select the top tennis betting selections for this event.
The Qatar Open takes place in Doha and will be played on Hard Court
After a disappoint loss against Ivo Karlovic last season, Novak Djokovic returns to Doha for his second career appearance on this event. Novak ended 2015 at full strength with five straight titles and he will be looking to extend his winning streak.
As usual, Djokovic is the undeniable favorite to lift the trophy and seems unlikely that he loses before the final. Last year he was surprised by one of the biggest servers on tour, but this year the Serbian has an extremely good draw. After starting his campaign against a qualifier, the world no.1 might face the following players until the final: Fernando Verdasco, Leonardo Mayer and Tomas Berdych.
The 2014 Qatar Open champion, Rafael Nadal, will compete on this event for the 8th time on his career. Despite having one of his worst career seasons, Nadal ended 2015 at very good level and started 2016 with good performances at Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Nadal shouldn’t find any particular problems until semi-finals, his first opponent is his fellow countryman Pablo Carreno Busta and the highest ranked player he might face before semi-finals is Andreas Seppi.
Rafael’s first real test should occur at semi-finals against another Spaniard, David Ferrer. The matches between these two players are always very interesting; however, Nadal’s mental edge over Ferrer seems too much for David to handle.
Nadal and Djokovic should fight for Doha’s glory on their 47th career meeting. Djokovic won all four meetings between this pair in 2015, but Nadal has weapons to bother the Serbian. Despite losing those four matches, Rafael is playing much better, with his forehand down the line always creating problems to Novak. When playing on lower events like ATP 250, Djokovic is far from solid as he is on Grand Slams or Masters, for that reason is hard to find value on his tennis odds at 1.44 on bet365. On the other hand, Nadal is extremely determined to regain some dominance over Djokovic after last year’s losses. Djokovic seems overrated for this event and we suggest adding Nadal to your betting picks at 3.50 on bet365.
This is a tournament where the rankings should prevail, with the four top seeds reaching the semi-finals and the two highest ranked players facing each other at the final. For that reason is hard to find value on other players to reach further stages of the competition.