ATP Returns: Western and Southern Open betting tips, picks & odds update 2020
Welcome to our Western and South Open tennis betting picks, predictions and odds update ahead of the main draw, starting on Saturday.
The Western and Southern Open is the only lead-up tournament in the US before the US Open, with many of the top players electing to forego the hardcourt season, as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc around the globe.
But with millions of people still under lockdown around the world, sport is providing a necessary distraction and we can’t wait for some top standard tennis to start again.
The Western and Southern Open is usually played in Cincinnati but it will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York this year, because of concerns about the coronavirus.
The likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios will not be playing in the US this summer, but Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play at both the Western and Southern Open and the US Open.
Djokovic will be making his return to the tennis circuit following a COVID-19 bungle at his charity tennis tournament in Serbia, where a number of players and attendees caught the virus, including the host himself.
Undoubtedly Djokovic the world no.1 will be the top seed for the Western and Southern Open, but there are a lot of variables to consider, including his illness and lack of matchplay, although the latter affliction will impact all players.
Defending Champion Daniil Medvedev has also confirmed his participation for the first ATP tournament in 175 days, with fellow top 10 players Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin also set to play.
Below we have highlighted our free Western and South Opening betting picks and winner prediction. Plus the confirmed players for the main tournament beginning on Saturday, August 22, in New York.
Western and Southern Open tips
We have taken a look at the Western and Southern Open and found some players that could push deep into the tournament. Most tennis betting sites will have markets available on players to reach certain stage of tournaments, and we predict these S&W tennis picks are good things to play well in New York:
Keep any eye on Andy Murray
While we won’t be betting on Andy Murray to win the Western & Southern Open it is worth keeping an eye on the wily veteran, who must smell a huge opportunity to win another grand slam while many of the world’s top tennis players stay away from the covid-riddled US. While Murray believes he may have caught covid-19 earlier this year, we can’t imagine the super-professional Brit slacked off from his fitness regime, which has seen him return to somewhere near his best, while in lockdown in the UK. If Murray is playing well at the Western and Southern Open seriously consider him at long odds to win the US Open. We should learn plenty about Murray early at the Western and Southern Open with a tough first-round game against American Frances Tiafoe and then a potential second-round clash agains top-10 player Zverev.
Andrey Rublev to reach the quarter finals
Rublev reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open and showed consistency in reaching the quarter-finals at ATP500 tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai. Just prior to the Australian Open, Rublev won the Qatar Open without dropping a set, albeit against a weak field and then won the inaugural Adelaide International the following week. Rublev is ranked 14 in the world but looks to be a player on the rise, which is a good find for a punter We think he is a lock to make the quarter-finals here and a semi-final birth is not beyond him.
Milos Raonic to reach the quarter finals
The former world no.3 has slipped to 30 in the rankings but we’re hearing he has used the break productively and is in fine fitness. He does face a tough first-round encounter against Sam Querrey, but win that and the draw opens up a fair bit. Raonic should be at good odds to reach the quarter-finals in Western and South Open betting.
Cincinati Open Prediction: Who will win the Western and Southern Open?
It’s hard to look past Djokovic and we can’t imagine he would be playing if he was still unfit. Djokovic is likely to be short in Western an Southern Open betting when it opens, but anything over the 4.00 mark is worth considering. Remember, Djokovic won the Cincinnati Open two years ago, but he is now 33 years old and might take a few matches to hit his straps.
Medvedev was Djokovic’s conquerer in last year’s semi finals and again looms as a major threat in this tournament. The Russian was one of the breakout stars last summer but has had mixed form since and often loses games he should win. He will know the importance of playing well in New York, with the bulk of ranking points scored during this period last year and he risks a big fall down the rankings with a poor showing. But we’re happy to bet on others this time around.
The player we think is most likely to defeat Djokovic is world no.3 Dominic Thiem with the Austrian in fantastic form pre-COVID and has caused Djokovic trouble in the past, including being the first player to lead him after three sets in an Australian Open final. Thiem plays well on hardcourt and is our top pick to win the Southern and Western Open.
Confirmed field for the Western & South Open Mens Draw
The field and fixtures for the Western and Southern Open Mens draw will be finalized at the conclusion of qualifying. The confirmed players in the men’s draw for the Western and Southern Open are:
|12||Roberto Bautista Agut||32||ESP|
|25||Pablo Carreno Busta||29||ESP|
|26||Alex de Minaur||21||AUS|
Western & Southern Open dates, schedule & betting
Australia: ESPN, USA: Tennis Channel, ESPN;
The Western & Southern Open fixture will be finalized at the conclusion of qualifying on Friday, August 21, 20.
The Western and Southern Open will be the first ATP Tournament in 175 days and it will be held between August 20-28.
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