Join our tennis expert for his betting analysis for the Citi Open in Washington. Find out who the defending champion is, as well as the player to fade on this tournament.
<h2>ATP Washington</h2><p>Washington hosts the biggest tournament of the week on the ATP World Tour with three former Grand Slam champions fighting for glory at the Citi Open.</p><p> </p><p>Defending Champion</p><p>Washington has always been a special city for Alexander Zverev. Besides lifting the trophy last season, the German reached the quarterfinals in his debut three years ago as an 18-year-old. Zverev will try to become the first player to win back-to-back titles at the Citi Open since Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009. However, the world No.3 only won 50.00% of the matches played in the grass-court season with a disappointing defeat against Ernest Gulbis in the third round of Wimbledon.</p><p>The defending champion starts his campaign this Tuesday against Malek Jaziri. The sportsbooks are expecting a straightforward win from Zverev with the No.1 seed as the undeniable favorite at -1000 at Bet365. Even though we agree with Alexander’s favoritism, Malek is not an easy match-up for Sasha. In addition to his victory on their first meeting in Barcelona two years ago, Jaziri won at least one set in all their previous three official encounters on the ATP World Tour. On the other hand, the 34-yar-old dropped just five games on his debut in Washington against Evgeny Donskoy. Having said that, our advice is for you to take advantage of the value on Jaziri’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Betting Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> by placing a bet on his +5 spread at -118 <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4550&book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Sportsbook">at Pinnacle</a>.</p><p> </p><h2>Player to Fade</h2><p>Former world No.1 Andy Murray made a successful return to Hard Courts after a 17-month absence. Murray rallied from a set down and needed seven match points to beat Mackenzie McDonald in the opening round of the Citi Open in Washington. The 31-year-old survived a two-and-a-half hour battle in a match where Murray struggled to find his rhythm on serve. Nevertheless, the three-time Grand Slam champion proved too strong in the key moments of the match to claim his first Hard Court win since March 2017.</p><p>Looking now at Andy’s draw on this event, the Scot won’t have an easy task in the next round against British No.1 Kyle Edmund. These two players faced each other three times, the most recent being at the 2018 Nature Valley International in Eastbourne with Edmund emerging victorious in straight-sets. Despite Andy’s undeniable quality, it’s hard to trust on him at the moment. The market agrees with us with Kyle’s price dropping 22.80% since the opening odds. For that reason, our suggestion is for you to fade Murray on this event, starting with Edmund’s moneyline in the second round at -105 <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4533&book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join 5Dimes & Start Playing Today!">with 5Dimes</a>.</p>