Eyes on Zverev to Win the Title at the China Open in Beijing

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 7:58 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 7:58 PM UTC

Join us while we go through the best value bets for this week's action on the ATP World Tour with Alexander Zverev looking for glory at the China Open while Stan Wawrinka continues his comeback at the Japan Open.

<h2>ATP Tokyo - Former Champion</h2><p>Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka returned to the Japan Open Tennis Championships as the 2015 champion. Wawrinka only dropped one set on his way to the title three years ago, defeating his good friend Benoit Paire in the final. The 33-year-old did not return to defend his title in 2016 and was unable to compete last season due to left knee injury that kept him sidelined for six months. Despite long absence, Wawrinka is steadily improving his level, reaching the St. Petersburg Open semifinals two weeks ago.</p><p>The former world No.3 made a winning start to his Tokyo campaign after defeating American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-4. Wawrinka broke serve once in each set and didn’t concede any break, winning 96.88% of the points behind his first serve. The Swiss returns to action this Wednesday against Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian teenager advanced to the second round of the Japan Open after a three-set win over Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung. The market is well aware of Stan’s impressive performance in the previous round with his price dropping 21.69% since the opening odds. However, it won’t be easy for Wawrinka to overcome such a talented player as Shapovalov. On the other hand, the fast conditions at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza suit the Canadian’s powerful and aggressive tennis. For that reason, our suggestion is to add the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4550&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Sportsbook">Over 23 at -111 at Pinnacle</a> to your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Picks">betting picks</a>, as the most value bet for this match.</p><p> </p><h2>ATP Beijing – Player to Keep an Eye</h2><p>Alexander Zverev hopes to go a step further after to Nick Kyrgios in last year’s China Open semifinals. Known as one of the most talented young players in the game, Zverev is bidding to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the second straight year. The 21-year-old is at No.5 in the ATP Race to London and the 500 points for the champion in Beijing can help him secure one of the remaining spots.</p><p>Alexander recovered from an early break in his opening match at the China Open to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in straight-sets. Zverev will now face Malek Jaziri in the second round with the German as the heavy favorite to win the match at -1000 <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4533&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join 5Dimes &amp; Start Playing Today!">with 5Dimes</a>. Despite the lack of value on Alexander’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> in the follow round, Pinnacle offers an interesting line for Zverev to lift the trophy at +275.</p><p>The three-time Masters 1000 champion is the main contender on the bottom half of the draw with Grigor Dimitrov and Kyle Edmund as the biggest threats on his path. However, none of the two has been at their best lately and Zverev should make it to the China Open final for the first time in his career. Looking now at the other half of the draw, Juan Martin del Potro is the highest ranked player in Beijing. Despite del Potro’s 2-0 lead on the head-to-head against the German, the fast conditions at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center should benefit Zverev. Having said that, placing a small bet on Alexander to win the title is an interesting approach for this tournament.</p>
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