Value on Novak Djokovic to Extend His Dominance at the Rolex Shanghai Masters

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 5:05 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 5:05 PM UTC

Join our tennis capper for his betting analysis of the Rolex Shanghai Masters, the only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Asia, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the main contenders for the title.

<h2>Main Contender</h2><p>Three-time champion Novak Djokovic is hoping to bring summer form to Shanghai. The former world No.1 is riding a 14-match winning streak and has won 34 of his last 38 official matches. Djokovic took time to recover from a long-standing elbow injury and despite slow start to the season; the Serbian won the last two Grand Slams played – Wimbledon and the US Open. The 31-year-old went to Wimbledon ranked outside the Top 20 but is now back up to No.3 and within short distance of Rafael Nadal to finish the season ranked world No.1.</p><p>Djokovic began his quest for a record fourth Shanghai title with a straight-sets victory over Jeremy Chardy. The Serbian returns to action this Thursday against Marco Cecchinato, who defeated him in the French Open quarterfinals this year. Despite Marco’s lead on the head-to-head, Djokovic is the undeniable favorite <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in Game with 5Dimes!">at -1667 with 5Dimes</a>. The spread is at -6 and although we believe Novak can cover it, it’s impossible to find any value on the current line. On the other hand, <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 &amp; Start Playing Today!">Bet365 offers an interesting price</a> for Djokovic to lift the trophy at +150. Roger Federer looked rusty in his first official match since the US Open while Juan Martin del Potro had a very demanding week in Beijing. For that reason, our suggestion is to place a bet on Djokovic’s outright as the best betting approach for this tournament.</p><p> </p><h2>Player to Keep an Eye</h2><p>Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his impressive form at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Wednesday after he beat Karen Khachanov. The 20-year-old recorded his 35th tour-level win of the season, winning 81.63% of the points behind his first serve and breaking his opponent twice. Tsitsipas saved three set points in the second-set tie break to reach the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters for the first time in his career.</p><p>Looking now at Stefanos’ draw on this event, the Greek star will meet two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson for a place in the last eight. The South-African has yet to win a match against this opponent with Tsitsipas emerging victorious in their two previous encounters. Despite Stefanos’ lead on the head-to-head, Anderson is the favorite to win this match at -152 at Bet365. Known as one of the best servers on the ATP World Tour, the fast conditions in Shanghai suit Kevin’s style. In addition to his impressive average of 1.56 aces per service game, Anderson didn’t face a single break point throughout his dominant two-set win over Mikhail Kukushkin in the second round. However, it’s impossible to ignore Stefanos’ recent results and lead on the head-to-head. Having said that, our advice is to take advantage of the value on the Greek’s <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> by placing a bet on his moneyline <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Sportsbook">at +129 with Pinnacle</a>.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3650199, "sportsbooksIds":[238,19,93,1096,43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p>
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