2019 Cincinnati Masters Odds & Picks: Djokovic Favored to Repeat
We’re likely to see a star-studded field in the 2019 Western & Southern Open as several of the largest names will be on hand. On the men’s side, we will see No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer. It’s our first look since Wimbledon. Is either a good bet ?
Djokovic is the defending champion at this occasion as he beat Roger Federer at the 2018 final 6-4, 6-4. Shockingly, it was his first title at this event, which is surprising since he’s been in the last six times in total.
The trouble is that Djokovic hasn’t exactly flourished here of late. Yeshe got the win in 2018 but was absent in each of those two years prior, then he dropped in the last, lost in the next round and dropped in the quarters in each one of the three previous years. His album is in this championship. He is tied by the 11 declines for the most at any ATP 1000 tournament.
At exactly precisely the same time, nobody really is playing better than him on the hard courts right now. He’s 33-3 on hard courts because the start of 2018 (not including indoor). He is the player.
Leaving aside the Big Three for a moment, there are dangers that are serious here. Dominic Thiem is the No. 4 seed however he is a clay-court specialist. Stefanos Tsitsipas is really a pesky 20-year-old with a shot but a loss to Nick Kyrgios from the semis at the Citi Open and to Hubert Hurkacz within his first match at the Rogers Cup suggests he is not a true threat.
Then there is Kei Nishikori, who lost in his first game at the Rogers Cup, Alex Zverev, who is far better about clay, also Karen Kachanov, who is only 18-17 about the year.
Out of the longer shots, a player such as Kevin Anderson is capable of astonishing because he plays well on hard courts but he’s been hurt annually. Marin Cilic is an option but he on 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’m expecting Djokovic’s’A’ game here. He’s been off since Wimbledon and should be new.
Federer is an option as he’s won the event seven times but he is better on grass than hard courts. He is 29-5 in his past 34 on the hard courts; he’s 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 championship Djokovic’s to lose in my own books.
Let us keep it civil and have fun.
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