The ATP World Tour returns this week with three exciting events taking place. Join us while we go through some of the most valuable lines and players for the upcoming week.
ATP Brisbane – Player to Fade
Andy Murray will make his long-awaited return to the ATP World Tour in the Brisbane International. Despite his disappointing performance against Roberto Bautista Agut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, the former world no.1 confirmed his return to action in Brisbane. Known as one of the greatest defenders in tennis history, Murray needs to be in top physical condition to produce his best tennis. However, the 30-year-old looked stiff and sore on his recent encounter against Bautista Agut.
Due to the concerns regarding Andy’s physical condition, it’s impossible to trust on the former world no.1 at this moment. Adding to this, the Scot will play his first official match since July due an ongoing hip problem. Having said that, our recommendation is not only for you to avoid placing any bet on Murray’s outright at +600 at BetVictor but also to fade the two-time Brisbane International Champion.
ATP Doha – Player to Keep an Eye
Gael Monfils accepted the organizers' invitation to play his first official tournament since the 2017 US Open. At the age of 31, Monfils will compete at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open for the eight time on his career. Despite long absence, Gael can never be underestimated. Adding to this, playing in Doha brings great memories to Monfils with the French reaching the Qatar ExxonMobil Open Final in three different occasions.
Taking a look now at Gael’s draw on this event, the former world no.6 shouldn’t have any major problems against Paolo Lorenzi on his debut. The sportsbooks think the same with Pinnacle offering only -385 for Monfils to win this match. Due to the low price on Gael’s moneyline, it’s hard to get involved on this match. Nevertheless, there may be a valuable opportunity on the following round against Tomas Berdych. Despite Berdych’s 6 – 1 lead on the h2h, the last months haven’t been easy for the Czech. As we mentioned in our ‘Tennis Betting: Players to Fade in 2018’ article, Berdych proved to be a terrible investment over the last 12 months when priced as slight favorite and underdog. On the other hand, Monfils has always been a very profitable investment in Doha with a 73.08% winning record and a career 81.80% ROI on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to keep an eye on Gael’s performance on his opening match against Lorenzi since he might be a very good investment in the following rounds. For those who want to take a higher risk, adding Monfils to lift the trophy at +1000 at BetVictor to your betting picks with a small stake is also an interesting approach for this event.
ATP Pune – Main Contender
After 21 years of being played in Chennai, India’s season-opening ATP World Tour 250 event will be held in Pune. Despite his shocking defeat against Josef Kovalik at the 2017 Chennai Open, Cilic holds an outstanding 77.78% winning record throughout his career in India. Adding to this, the 29-year-old is also a two-time champion in Chennai.
Cilic is the main contender to lift the trophy in Pune with BetVictor offering +300 on his outright. Looking at the other players in the draw, Roberto Bautista Agut and Kevin Anderson are the main threats on Marin’s path. Despite their recent success at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, Cilic is far from an easy match-up for them. Anderson only won 14.29% of their previous seven encounters while Bautista Agut holds a terrible 1 – 5 career record against the Croatian. For that reason, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Cilic's tennis betting odds to win his 3rd career title in India.