We are going to see a star-studded field at the 2019 Western & Southern Open as many of the biggest titles will be on hand. On the men’s side, we’ll visit No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer. For Djokovic and Federer, it’s our very first look at them since Wimbledon. Is either a fantastic bet here?
August 12, 2019, * Odds taken
Djokovic is the defending champion at this event since he beat Roger Federer at the 2018 closing 6-4, 6-4. Shockingly, it was his first name at this event, and it is surprising since he has been at the last six occasions in total.
The concern is that Djokovic hasn’t exactly thrived here of late. Yes, he got the win in 2018 but has been absent at each of the 2 decades prior, he then lost in the final, dropped in the next round and lost in the quarters at each one of the 3 previous decades. His record is just 32-11 at this championship. He is tied by the 11 declines to get the maximum at any ATP 1000 tournament.
At the exact same time, nobody really is playing with him on the hard courts at this time. He is 33-3 on hard courts because the start of 2018 (not adding indoor). He is the player to conquer here.
Leaving aside the Big Three to get a minute, there are serious dangers here. Dominic Thiem is the No. 4 seed however he’s a clay-court specialist. Stefanos Tsitsipas is really a pesky 20-year-old with a shot but a reduction to Nick Kyrgios from the semis in the Citi Open and also to Hubert Hurkacz in his very first match at the Rogers Cup indicates he’s not a true threat.
Then there is Kei Nishikori, that lost in his very first game at the Rogers Cup, Alex Zverev, who is much better about clay, and Karen Kachanov, who’s only 18-17 on the year.
From the longer shots, even a player such as Kevin Anderson is really capable of sudden since he performs well on hard courts but he has been injured all year. Marin Cilic is an option but he on the year. Who is there to wager within this tournament besides the Big Three?
This is an integral tune-up for the U.S. Open later this season, so I’m anticipating Djokovic’s’A’ game here. He’s been away since Wimbledon and should be fresh.
Federer is a choice as he’s won this event seven times but he is much better on grass than judges. He is 29-5 in his last 34 on the hard courts; he is 11-1 in his last 12 on grass.
With Nadal pulling out of this competition after only winning the Rogers Cup on the weekend, making this tournament Djokovic’s to drop in my novels.
Let’s have fun and keep it civil.
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