ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai: Best Plays For Quarterfinals

Joao Mourato

Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:51 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 4:51 PM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Find out our top tennis picks for the quarterfinals and why you should place these two valuable bets.


Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (6)

The world no.1 – Rafael Nadal – remains unbeatable on the 2017 Asian Swing. As we mentioned in our tournament analysis, Nadal continues his quest for a first ever Shanghai Rolex Masters title. Known as one of the greatest returners in tennis history, the 2009 runner-up won 50.00% of his opponents’ service games on this event. On the other hand, Nadal didn’t allow a single break of serve on his previous two matches in Shanghai. Looking now at Rafael’s campaign on this tournament, the 16-time Grand Slam champion reaches this stage of the competition after a 6 – 3 6 – 1 win over Fabio Fognini.

Grigor Dimitrov further reinforced his bid for a place at the ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the Shanghai Rolex Masters for the first time. At the age of 26, Dimitrov is going through the best moment in his career with an outstanding 71.43% winning record in 2017. Adding to this, the Bulgarian won his first Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. After his victory against Sam Querrey in the previous round, Dimitrov is now just one win away from a first ever apperance in London.

This will be the 11th career meeting between these two players with Nadal winning 90.00% of their previous 10 encounters on the ATP World Tour.

As the h2h suggests, Nadal is far from an easy match-up for the Bulgarian. Nevertheless, Dimitrov won at least one set in all their last four encounters. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add the Over to your betting picks since we don’t expect a straightforward win from the no.1 seed on this match.

Free Tennis Pick: Over 21.5 (-118)
Best Line Offeredat 5Dimes

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Marin Cilic (4) vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas

After a disappointing defeat against Roger Federer at the 2012 Shanghai Rolex Masters quarterfinals, Marin Cilic is trying to go a step further on this year’s edition of Asia’s biggest men’s tennis tournament. Known as one of the best servers in the game, the fast court conditions in Shanghai are perfect for Cilic’s powerful game style. Adding to this, the 2014 US Open champion saved all the five break points that he faced on his previous two matches at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.

Playing on the big stages brings the best out of Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Despite his poor 44.95% career record on Hard Court, Ramos-Vinolas is a completely different player on Masters 1000 events with a terrific 6 – 4 record this season on this surface. On the other hand, the Spaniard won 71.43% of the matches played throughout his career in Shanghai. Taking a look now at Albert’s campaign on this event, the world no.25 reaches this stage of the competition after a 7 – 6 6 – 4 win over Jan-Lennard Struff.

These two players will face each other for the 6th time in their careers with Cilic leading on the h2h by 3 – 2.

The sportsbooks expect a straightforward win from Cilic with BetOnline offering only -400 for the Croatian’s victory. Even though we agree with Marin’s favoritism, it won’t be easy for him to overcome such a tough competitor as Ramos-Vinolas. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Albert’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the Spaniard to cover his spread.

Free Tennis Pick: Albert Ramos-Vinolas +4.5 (-115)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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