Join us on our Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships analysis that takes place this week in Tokyo. Find out who the main contender is, as well as the player to fade and keep an eye on this ATP 500 event.
The Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships takes place in Tokyo with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this ATP 500 event.
Marin Cilic continues to pursue his first ever title in Tokyo. After a disappointing defeat against David Goffin in the semifinals last season, the no.1 seed is the main favorite to lift the trophy on this year’s edition of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. At the age of 29, Cilic is going through a great moment in his career with an outstanding 30 – 8 record since the start of the European clay-court season in Monte Carlo. Adding to this, the 2014 US Open champion started his campaign in Tokyo with an impressive 6 – 3 6 – 2 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round.
Taking a look now at Marin’s draw on this event, the world no.5 won’t have an easy task with very dangerous players on his half of the draw such as Milos Raonic or Kevin Anderson. Despite the tough draw ahead of him, Cilic holds a very positive h2h against these two opponents. On the other hand, the Croatian enjoys the court conditions in Tokyo with a terrific 75.00% winning record on his last three appearances on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Cilic to your betting picks to win his 18th ATP World Tour title at +400 at BetVictor.
Player to Fade
The former world no.3 – Milos Raonic – hopes to rediscover top form in Tokyo after almost two months away from competition due to a wrist injury. Despite long absence, the Canadian didn’t experience any major issues on his debut in Tokyo against Viktor Troicki. As usual, Raonic’s serve was the key to his success with an average of 1.60 aces per service game. Nevertheless, the no.3 seed won’t have an easy task on the following round against Yuichi Sugita. Adding to this, Milos is also on the same half of the draw as Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to avoid placing any bet on the Canadian’s outright at +350 at Bet365.
Player to Keep an Eye
Playing in Tokyo brings great memories to David Goffin. After reaching the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships final in 2016, the Belgian is trying to go a step further on this year’s edition. Known as one of the best counter punchers in the game, the fast court conditions in Tokyo are perfect for Goffin’s game style. On the other hand, David couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Asian swing after winning the Shenzhen Open last week.
Looking now at David’s draw in Tokyo, the 2016 runner-up starts his campaign this Wednesday against Feliciano Lopez. Despite Feliciano’s unquestionable quality, the Spaniard is far from his best with a poor 52.17% winning record in 2017. Moreover, Goffin won their previous two encounters on the ATP World Tour. For that reason, our advice is for you to take advantage of the value on David’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the Belgian to secure a place in the following round at -169 at 5Dimes.