Okay MyBookie tennis betting buffs, with the start of the 2020 Western & Southern Open officially underway, it’s time to take a look at the ATP portion of this year’s event and which players could likely cash in on their value-packed Tennis odds to claim the annual Masters 1000 hardware.
2020 ATP Western & Southern Open – Leading up to US Open – Highlights, Picks, Predictions
A year ago, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost to Daniil Medvedev in the Cincinnati semifinals before the young Russian would go on to beat David Goffin in the finals. Now however, Djokovic, the only ATP player to have won each of the nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, has pulled out as of Sunday night’s late announcement, citing neck pain. With that thought in mind, let’s find out which remaining players have the best chances of reaching and winning the finals.
2020 Western and Southern Open
- When: Saturday, August 22 to Friday, August 28
- Where: Flushing Meadows, New York
- TV: ESPN, Tennis Channel share coverage
ATP Odds to Win 2020 Western & Southern Open
- Novak Djokovic -106
- Dominic Thiem +600
- Daniil Medvedev +900
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +1500
- Alex Zverev +1500
- Roberto Bautista Agut +2500
- Andrey Rublev +2500
- Matteo Berrettini +3000
- 2019 Daniil Medvedev
- 2018 Novak Djokovic
- 2017 Grigor Dimitrov
- 2016 Marin Cilic
- 2015 Roger Federer
No. 5 Andrey Rublev
Despite coming up short in Dubai in his last event where he was ousted in the quarterfinals by Daniel Evans, the 22-year-old Russian is off to a solid 15-3 start this year with two titles (Doha, Adelaide). Rublev reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open in January after going back-to-back the previous two weeks. This year, the world No. 14 has beaten the likes of Sam Querry, Felix Auger-Aliassime, David Goffin and Alexander Zverev. With all three members of the famed ‘Big Three’ out of this event, Rublev will have a good chance to claim his first Masters 1000 title.
No. 4 Alex Zverev
The 23-year-old German is just 6-5 on the year, but his vast talent was on full display as he reached the semifinals at the Australian Open before losing a thrilling four-set affair against Dominic Thiem. Zverev took out Fernando Verdasco, Andrey Rublev and Stan Wawrinka down under and has won three Masters 1000 events in his young career (Rome, Canada, Madrid).
No. 3 Daniil Medvedev
The 24-year-old Russian is off to a modest 8-4 start. He reached the round of 16 at the Aussie Open before being dispatched by Stan Wawrinka. The world No. 5 was bounced in the first round in Rotterdam and the quarters in Marseilles in his last event in February. Still, though, the cerebral Medvedev is gifted and he should be confident after winning this tournament a year ago.
No. 2 Felix Auger-Aliassime
The 20-year-old Canadian is just 13-9 on the year, but more importantly, he’s on fire coming into this event. While the world No. 20 lost in the round of 16 in Acapulco in his last event in February, FAA reached consecutive finals in Rotterdam and Marseilles before losing to Gael Monfils and Stefanos Tsitsipas respectively. Along the way, he’s beaten Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Carreno Busta and veteran Gilles Simon. Auger-Aliassime is highly skilled and has arguably more upside than any young player on the ATP World Tour.
No. 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas
The 22-year-old Greek star is 13-5 on the year with one title in Marseilles where he took out Felix Auger-Aliassime in the finals. A week later, the world No. 6 reached the finals in Dubai opposite Novak Djokovic. While Tsitsipas, the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals winner, comes into this event having won six of his last seven matches and is clearly a player with tons of potential and a bright future.
Two For the Road
There are two more players that I believe will have a decent chance to hoist this year’s Western & Southern Open.
The 26-year-old reached the finals at the Australian Open and took Novak Djokovic five sets before falling and he’s won 16 career singles titles. The bad news though is that Thiem has just one Masters 100 win in Indian Wells last year and has suffered inexplicable losses this year to the likes of Hubert Hurkacz and Gianluca Mager (who?).
The talented 24-year-old Italian won two titles a year ago by taking the hardware in Budapest and Stuttgart and the world No. 8 is clearly a player on the rise with his huge serve and underrated movement.
While only six of the 45 Masters 1000 tournaments between 2014-19 were won by players younger than 25, this year’s Western & Southern Open represents a great chance for one of the game’s young guns to win with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all out.