Tennis Picks: Men's Malaysian Open Preview

Nila Amerova

Monday, September 23, 2013 7:34 PM GMT

Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 7:34 PM GMT

We take an early look at the Men's leg of this year's Malaysian Open. Who are the early favorites in the eyes of the odds makers, and which player do we think could hold the best value for our tennis picks?

The Malaysian Open boasts a stellar field of players including top prospects David Ferrer and Stanislas Wawrinka.  With odds already in full swing, from tournament winner to cutting-edge daily match-betting odds, there betting angles are endless. Join us as we preview the draw and deliver our choice picks.

The Top Favourites

David Ferrer and Stanislas Wawrinka highlight Malaysian Open betting and if the draw goes to form, the pair will battle for the title in Kuala Lumpur at the weekend – what would be a dream final for tennis fans.

Indeed, it’s hard to look past the top two seeds and top faves for the tournament. Ferrer at +138 at Bet365 and Wawrinka at +240 at Bet365 are both great picks that are steeped in value and if the title does come down to this pair, it could swing either way. Ferrer has the 7-4 lifetime edge but the pair has split their two meetings this season.

After this tandem, Nicolas Almagro rings in as the third favourite at tennis odds of +900 but the Spaniard’s form has been questionable of late and thus he’s not worth his price in our opinion. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that invariably he flatters to deceive on surfaces other than clay.

Dmitry Tursunov is playing some good tennis these days making him a tempting outside choice for your tennis picks at +1100 but winning titles isn’t what he’s known for. Well not of late. The 30-year-old has seven career titles but the last title he clinched was back in 2011 on grass. That said, if he has ever won a title in his career, it’s only been on the faster surfaces of grass and hard courts. So he is a viable pick here to some degree.

Veterans Melzer and Nikolay Davydenko (+1600 and +2200 respectively) could potentially have a standout tournament but both are struggling with consistency and viability in the game right now. Melzer however isn’t notorious for winning titles – he’s only won five since going pro in 1999 which means the probability that he’d come through as your top tennis pick is slim. Moreover, he takes a losing record on the season 22-24 to Kuala Lumpur.

Nikolay Davydenko as a former Top 10 player is a dangerous floater in the field. The Russian is trying to capture his old form after returning from injury. He arrives in Kuala Lumpur with a 21-21 record. What is intriguing about Davydenko is the fact that he’s a former champion at this event having won it in 2009. He has 21 career titles overall and has beaten some of the best players in his career, which makes him a good outside pick.

Tennis Free Picks: Overall, the best picks are Ferrer and Wawrinka. Short of the unthinkable upset in the early rounds, this pair really should reach the final to decide the title. You can’t go wrong with either but, arguably, of the two, Ferrer, is the more proven entity as a favourite, making him our top sports betting option to win outright. For an outside pick choice Davydenko at +2200 is our choice option.

Tennis Free Picks: David Ferrer at +138 to win outright

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