ATP Cup betting predictions, tips, odds and best bets 2020

Rafael Nadal will play a big role in Spain's chances at the ATP Cup

SPANISH ironman Rafael Nadal will spearhead his country’s chances at the ATP Cup, being played across 10 days in three Australian cities.

Spain, off the back of the brilliant Nadal, are paying $3.75 to win the inaugural ATP Cup. Russia ($6) and Serbia ($6.50) round out the betting for the top three.

Host Australia is paying $8 to win the title with the tough Alex De Minaur and the flaky Nick Kyrgios spearheading their chances.

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Serbia will be led by world no.1 Novak Djokovic who is using the tournament as a warm-up for a tilt at an eighth Australian Open title, later this January.

Russia’s chances will come down to the form of singles combatants Daniil Medvedev, who is the world no.3, and Karen Khachanov.

The 2020 ATP Cup will be played at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Perth Arena and Sydney Olympic Park, starting on Friday.

ATP Cup odds

Spain 3.75
Russia 6.00
Serbia 6.50
Australia 8.00
France 8.00
Canada 9.50
Germany 9.50
Croatia 15.00
Italy 15.00
USA 15.00
Great Britain 21.00
Argentina 26.00
Belgium 26.00
Austria 51.00
Bulgaria 61.00
Chile 61.00
Japan 61.00
Greece 91.00
Poland 91.00
South Africa 91.00
Georgia 226.00
Uruguay 226.00
Moldova 426
Norway 426

* Odds provided by the top tennis betting sites

ATP Cup structure

24 nations do battle throughout the ATP Cup, with six groups of four teams each, with two groups in each city.

Each group will face off in “ties” that will feature two singles matches and one doubles match, much like the Davis Cup and Hopman Cup in the past.

Each team, during the group stage, will play a minimum of three ties during the group stage, meaning players get a minimum of three singles matches.

ATP Cup best bets

The ATP Cup is going to pit many of the best players against each other, but it is early in the new tennis season, meaning there is very little exposed form to educate your bets. The questions you need to ask yourself ahead of the tournament are things like whether a player is a fast starter, have they had any off-season surgery and how has their off-season been?

Australia to win the ATP Cup

It’s extremely hot in Australia at the moment and we’re tipping it will take the Europeans and overseas players a while to acclimatise. Alex De Minaur and Nick Kyrgios will be used to the hot conditions, it just depends on whether the latter wants to be there. With the Aussies priced at 8.00 to win the entire tournament, we think this offers significant value in a tournament we can’t see the big guns like Nadal and Djokovic taking too seriously. Watch the Aussies closely in the early rounds, although we have been fooled by Kyrgios’s Jekyll and Hyde nature in the past.

Bet against the Spanish

Rafael Nadal only plays tennis to win grand slams in 2020, which means he won’t be at his best first-up in Australia. The Spanish also have Roberto Bautista Agut in the line-up and the veteran will be hard to beat. The facts of the matter are that Nadal won’t want a full quota of matches ahead of the Australian Open to protect his ageing knees, while Agut is far better on clay.

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