Join us on our Citi Open tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out who the former champion in action is, as well as the player to fade on this ATP 500 event.
The Citi Open takes place in Washington with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this ATP 500 event.
The three-time Citi Open champion – Juan Martin Del Potro – continues to pursue his first title of the season. Playing in Washington brings the best out of Del Potro with the 28-year-old Argentinean winning all his last 16 matches on this tournament. Adding to this, the 2009 US Open champion didn’t experience any major problems on the opening match against Lukas Lacko.
Looking now at Del Potro’s draw on this event, the world no.32 won’t have an easy task in the following round against Kei Nishikori. However, the Japanese was far from his best against Donald Young. Considering now Kei’s numbers in the previous round, the world no.9 ended the match with 30 winners and 40 unforced errors. Adding to this, the Argentinean definitely holds the edge over Nishikori with a 5 – 1 lead on the h2h. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of Del Potro's tennis betting odds to book a place in the quarterfinals at -116 at Pinnacle. In addition to the value on Juan Martin’s moneyline, placing a bet on the Argentinean to lift his 4th title in Washington at +650 at BetVictor is also an interesting approach for this tournament.
Player to Fade
The former world no.8 – Grigor Dimitrov – couldn’t have asked for a better way to start 2017. In addition to his sensational run in Melbourne, the 2017 Australian Open semifinalist won two ATP 250 titles in Brisbane and Sofia. Nevertheless, the last months haven’t been easy for Dimitrov. Besides winning only 54.17% of the matches since his victory in Sofia, the 26-year-old Bulgarian lost all his last four encounters against top 20 opponents.
Taking a look now at Grigor’s campaign on this event, the world no.11 reaches this stage of the competition after a 7 – 5 4 – 6 6 – 3 win over Kyle Edmund. Despite his triumph, Dimitrov was far from impressive on his Washington debut. Besides converting only 20.00% of his break point chances, Grigor ended the match with a terrible average of 0.56 double faults per service game.
Dimitrov returns to action this Thursday against Daniil Medvedev. Known as one of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour, Medvedev holds an astonishing 12 – 4 record since the start of the grass-court season. These two players are no strangers with Dimitrov winning their previous encounter at the Queens Club in three sets. Due to Daniil’s undeniable talent and Grigor’s poor performance on his debut, our suggestion is for you to add Medvedev’s +1.5 Set Handicap to your betting picks at -104 at Pinnacle. For those who want to take a higher risk, our advice is to place a bet on the Russian’s moneyline at +240 at Bet365 since it wouldn’t be surprising to see Medvedev emerging victorious from this match.