Join our expert tennis capper for his Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament analysis. Find out who the main contenders are, as well as the player to keep an eye on this event.
The Shanghai Rolex Masters takes place at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.Main Contenders
Rafael Nadal continues his quest for a first-ever title at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. At the age of 31, Nadal is going through one of the best moments in his career with an extraordinary 63 – 10 record in 2017. Adding to this, the 16-time Grand Slam champion won all his last 13 official matches on the ATP World Tour.
Taking a look now at Nadal’s campaign on this event, the 2009 runner-up didn’t experience any major issues on his debut with an easy 6 – 2 6 – 1 win over Jared Donaldson. Known as one of the greatest returners in tennis history, the world no.1 won 48.72% of the points on Donaldson’s serve. On the other hand, the Spaniard couldn’t have asked for a better draw in Shanghai with Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic as the highest ranked players on his half of the draw.
Despite Nadal’s lack of success on his previous appearances on this event, it’s impossible to ignore the good draw ahead of him and his brilliant results in recent months. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Nadal’s tennis betting odds to lift the trophy at +188 at Coral.
The 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters champion – Roger Federer – hopes to rediscover top form in Shanghai after a disappointing defeat against Juan Martin Del Potro at the US Open quarterfinals. Despite his incredible 90.91% winning record in 2017, the last weeks haven’t been easy for Federer due to a back injury. Adding to this, Roger’s backhand is not as accurate as it was in the start of the season. Federer’s performance in the previous round against Diego Schwartzman is a perfect example of that with the 36-year-old ending the match with only 6 winners and 13 unforced errors with his backhand.
Even though Federer shouldn’t have any major problems in the following round against Alexandr Dolgopolov, the Swiss won’t have an easy task on this event with very dangerous opponents on his half of the draw such as Alexander Zverev, Juan Martin Del Potro or John Isner. For that reason, it’s impossible to find any value on his current outright at +225 at Bet365.Player to Keep an Eye
At the age of 20, Alexander Zverev became the youngest player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Known as one of the most promising young players in the game, Zverev holds an outstanding 21 – 5 record on Masters 1000 events in 2017. Adding to this, the fast court conditions in Shanghai are perfect for Alexander’s game style with the German winning 75.00% of the matches played throughout his career on this event.
Looking now at Zverev’s draw on this tournament, the world no.4 won’t have an easy task against Juan Martin Del Potro in the following round. However, it’s impossible to ignore the value on Alexander’s tennis betting odds at -125 at Pinnacle. Despite Del Potro’s unquestionable quality, it won’t be easy for the Argentinean to find the answer to Zverev’s powerful crosscourt backhand. For that reason, our advice is for you to add the German to your tennis betting picks as the most valuable play for this encounter.