We’re likely to observe 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 will see No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer. Since Wimbledon, it’s our very first look for both Djokovic and Federer. Is a fantastic bet here?
Djokovic is the defending champion at this occasion since he beat Roger Federer at the 2018 closing 6-4, 6-4. Surprisingly, it was his very first title in this time, that is astonishing since he’s been in the last six occasions in total.
The issue is that Djokovic hasn’t exactly thrived here of late. Yeshe got the win in 2018 but has been absent at each of those two years before, he then lost in the final, dropped in the third round and lost in the quarters in each one of the three previous years. His record is merely 32-11 in this championship. The 11 reductions tie him .
At precisely the identical time, nobody really is playing with him on the hard courts at the moment. He’s 33-3 on hard courts since the beginning of 2018 (not including indoor). He is the player to beat here.
Leaving apart the Big Three for a moment, there are threats here. Dominic Thiem is the No. 4 seed however he is a clay-court specialist. Stefanos Tsitsipas is really a clandestine 20-year-old with a shot but a loss to Nick Kyrgios in the semis at the Citi Open and also to Hubert Hurkacz in his very first game at the Rogers Cup indicates he is not a true threat.
Then there’s Kei Nishikori, that also lost in his first game at the Rogers Cup, Alex Zverev, who is far better on clay, and Karen Kachanov, who’s just 18-17 about the year.
From the more shots, even a player like Kevin Anderson is really capable of astonishing since he plays well on hard courts but he has been injured annually. Marin Cilic is an option but he about the year. Who’s there to bet within this tournament other?
This is a key tune-up for the U.S. Open later this month, so I’m anticipating Djokovic’s’A’ game here. He has been off since Wimbledon and ought to be fresh.
Federer is a choice as he’s won the event seven days but he’s better on grass than hard courts. He’s 29-5 in his last 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, then that makes this tournament Djokovic’s to drop in my novels.
Let’s have fun and keep it civil.
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