We’re likely to see a star-studded field in the 2019 Western & Southern Open as a number of the biggest titles will be on hand. On the men’s side, we will visit No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer. For Djokovic and Federer, it is our first look at them because Wimbledon. Is a fantastic bet here?
*Odds taken August 12, 2019
Djokovic is the defending champion at this occasion since he beat Roger Federer in the 2018 final 6-4, 6-4. Surprisingly, it was his first name at this event, which is astonishing since he’s been in the last six occasions in total.
The concern is that Djokovic has not exactly thrived here of late. Yeshe got the win from 2018 but was absent in each of those 2 decades before, then he lost in the last, lost in the third round and dropped in the quarters at each one of the three previous decades. His album is merely 32-11 at this championship. He is tied by the 11 declines for the maximum at any ATP 1000 tournament.
At precisely the identical time, nobody is playing with him to the hard courts right now. He is 33-3 on hard courts since the start of 2018 (not including indoor). He is the player to overcome here.
Leaving aside the Big Three for a minute, there aren’t many serious threats here. Dominic Thiem is the No. 4 seed however he’s a clay-court specialist. Stefanos Tsitsipas is a pesky 20-year-old using a shot but a reduction to Nick Kyrgios in the semis at the Citi Open and also to Hubert Hurkacz within his very first game in the Rogers Cup indicates he is not a true threat.
Then there’s Kei Nishikori, who also lost in his very first game at the Rogers Cup, Alex Zverev, who’s far better on clay, also Karen Kachanov, who’s just 18-17 about the year.
From the longer shots, a player such as Kevin Anderson is really capable of astonishing because he performs on hard courts but he’s been hurt annually. Marin Cilic is a choice but he about the year. Who is there to wager within this tournament other than the Big Three?
This is a key tune-up for the U.S. Open later this month, so I am anticipating Djokovic’s’A’ game . He’s been off since Wimbledon and ought to be new.
Federer is an option as he has won this event seven times but he is much better on grass than judges. He’s 29-5 in his last 34 about the hard courts; he is 11-1 in his final 12 on grass.
With Nadal pulling out of this competition after just winning the Rogers Cup on the weekend, so that makes this championship Djokovic’s to drop in my books.
Let us have fun and keep it civil.

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