Join us on our ATP AEGON Championships tournament analysis that takes place in London and find out who are the main contenders and the highest value Tennis Picks to place.
Top Half of the Draw
After reaching the French Open final for the first time on his career, Andy Murray is looking for another successful journey on this event, where he’s the defending champion. Murray loves to compete on this tournament, where he holds a 24 – 5 career record with four titles won throughout his career. It won’t be an easy debut for Andy against the grass expert Nicolas Mahut, who already beat him once in 2012 on this event’s first round. However, Andy got his revenge in the following year and once again, he should be too strong for the French.
Murray shouldn’t experience any sort of problems on the following round, where he might face his fellow countryman Aljaz Bedene. Andy he might face an old acquaintance in the quarterfinals, Gilles Simon. The two players know each other well after some remarkable battles in the past yet, it’s Murray who own the advantage on the h2h by 14 – 2. Looking to Murray’s potential opponents in the semifinals, there are several good grass players such as Marin Cilic, Feliciano Lopez or Richard Gasquet.
None of them is an easy opponent on these game conditions; however, Andy usually finds his best tennis on the latest stages of the tournaments and with that in mind, the British should be too strong for any of them. After looking to Andy’s draw until the final, the toughest match for him in our opinion is the first one against Mahut, not only because is his debut on grass in 2016 but also because he’s facing a very good player on this surface who arrives in London after a great week in Hertogenbosch.
Bottom Half of the Draw
If things look quite simple on the top half of the draw, where Andy should reach the final without many problems, the same cannot be said about the bottom half of the draw.
The quality is absurd on this half of the draw, where Stan Wawrinka is the highest ranked player. Stan is playing this event for the fourth time on his career, with his best result achieved in 2014 when he reached the semifinals. Despite Stan’s recent improvements on grass, it’s unlikely to see him with the required consistency to go all the way, especially with so many good grass players on his quarter such as – Fernando Verdasco, Bernard Tomic, Gilles Muller, Juan Martin Del Potro and John Isner.
With so many quality players on this 4th quarter, one thing is certain, whoever reaches the semifinals might struggle to present his best tennis on that match after so many tough battles in the previous days.
With this in mind, the value seems to be on the 3rd quarter, where Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios are the two main favorites. Curiously, these two players will face each other on the first round and even though Kyrgios’ recent victories over Milos, Nick is not as reliable on ATP 500 events as he is on Masters 1000 and Grand Slams.
Raonic is very determined to do well on this grass season and with the support of John McEnroe, he can be even more dangerous. It won’t be an easy road for Milos, but there is clearly value on his price at +900 on PaddyPower and for that reason, our suggestion is for you to add him to your tennis picks.