Can Medvedev find the right motivation in St. Petersburg?
<div><h2>Main Contender</h2><p>Daniil Medvedev returns to action in St. Petersburg after an incredible North American hard-court summer. The Russian reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open, losing only to Rafael Nadal in five sets. Medvedev also won 20 of his last 23 matches on this surface and claimed his first Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.</p><p>After his brilliant results in recent months, Daniil is the natural favorite to lift the trophy in St. Petersburg. However, it won’t be easy for Medvedev to be 100% motivated to give his best on this tournament. The 23-year-old played an absurd amount of matches over the last two months and only had a couple of days to travel and recover. Medvedev is already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals and after struggling with so many physical problems in New York, the last thing he wants is to get injured. On the other hand, there are a lot of dangerous players in the field such as his fellow Russians Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov or the US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. For that reason, our advice is to avoid placing any bet on Medvedev’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/atp-tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live ATP Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> to win the title on this event at +200 with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4535&book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">Bet365</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=6008&book=Picks-Best-Sportsbooks" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d6328a601907f86f3863dad/original-best-rated-sportsbooks" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2>Former Champion</h2><p>Damir Dzumhur made history for his country two years ago when he became the first player from Bosnia-Herzegovina to win an ATP Tour title. The 27-year-old battled back from a set down to beat Fabio Fognini in the final of the St. Petersburg Open. Besides his impressive campaign on this event, Dzumhur also won two other ATP Tour titles – Moscow in 2017 and Antalya in 2018. Known as one of the best defenders in the game, the slow court conditions in St. Petersburg suit Damir’s style. The Bosnian is one of the most successful players on this tournament in recent years with an outstanding 88.89% winning record throughout his career at the Sibur Arena.</p><p>Looking now at Damir’s draw on this event, the world No.88 had to play the qualifying this season due to his low ranking. Dzumhur is the No.1 seed on the qualifying and started his campaign with a 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Aslan Karatsev in one hour and 31 minutes. Damir will next take on former world No.26 Lukas Rosol for a place in the main draw. The bookmakers are well aware of Dzumhur’s impressive results at the St. Petersburg Open with the Bosnian as the main favorite to win this match at -204 with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4550&book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Sportsbook!">Pinnacle</a>. Adding to this, Damir dropped only three games in his previous encounter against Rosol on the ATP Tour at the Croatian Open in 2015. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Dzumhur’s moneyline to your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions & Free Picks">betting picks</a> as the best play for this contest. On the other hand, keeping an eye on Damir on the main draw is also an interesting approach since he’s a very tough opponent to beat on this tournament.</p></div>