We’re likely to observe a star-studded field at the 2019 Western & Southern Open as many of the greatest names will be on hand. On the men’s side, we will visit No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer. For Federer and Djokovic, it’s our first look since Wimbledon. Is a good bet here?
August 12, 2019 * Opportunities accepted
Djokovic is the defending champion at this occasion as he beat Roger Federer in the 2018 final 6-4, 6-4. Shockingly, it was his very first name in this time, and it is surprising since he’s been at the final six times in total.
The trouble is that Djokovic has thrived here of late. Yeshe got the win in 2018 but has been absent in each of the two years before, he then dropped in the final, lost in the next round and dropped in the quarters at each one of the three previous decades. His album is in this tournament. The 11 losses tie him to get the most at any ATP 1000 tournament.
At the same time, nobody is playing better than him to the hard courts at the moment. He’s 33-3 on hard courts since the start of 2018 (not like indoor). He’s the player.
There are not many dangers here. Dominic Thiem is the No. 4 seed but he is a clay-court specialist. Stefanos Tsitsipas is a clandestine 20-year-old using a shot but a loss to Nick Kyrgios in the semis in the Citi Open and to Hubert Hurkacz within his very first game at the Rogers Cup suggests he is not a real threat.
Then there’s Kei Nishikori, that lost in his very first game at the Rogers Cup, Alex Zverev, who’s much better about clay, and Karen Kachanov, who’s only 18-17 on the year.
From the longer shots, a player such as Kevin Anderson is capable of sudden since he performs on hard courts but he’s been injured annually. Marin Cilic is an option but he about the year. Who is there to bet in this tournament other?
This is a key tune-up for the U.S. Open later this season, so I am expecting Djokovic’s’A’ game here. He has been off since Wimbledon and should be new.
Federer is a choice as he’s won this event seven days but he’s much better on grass than judges. He is 29-5 in his past 34 to the hard courts; he is 11-1 in his final 12 on grass.
With Nadal pulling from the competition after only winning the Rogers Cup on the weekend, so making this tournament Djokovic’s to lose in my own books.
Let’s have fun and keep it civil.
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