Tennis betting preview: In-form Daniil Medvedev looks unstoppable in Moscow
Daniil Medvedev is showing no signs of slowing his immense climb into the upper-echelons of the tennis pecking order, and he is fancied to continue that relentless ascent in this week’s tennis betting preview.
The tennis cognoscenti are running out of superlatives for Daniil Medvedev after the all-conquering Russian made yet more headlines over the weekend. For a bit of perspective, when Alexander Zverev broke into the world’s top four in 2017 with two Masters 10000 titles, the unassuming Medvedev was ranked 61st in the world.
It has therefore been quite astonishing to see him push ahead of all the prospects who who around his age, players who received much more hype and column inches. Medvedev doesn’t do hype, as he explained after taking down his second straight Masters 1000 title in Shanghai at the weekend. “Everybody is talking that they need new guys, something new, so I gave them something new. I don’t celebrate my wins, I just stay calm and do my job. Done.”
He produced an absolute masterclass to roll Zverev in Sunday’s final and looks a worthy favourite to win according to the odds quotes at my betting sites in Moscow this week. Incredibly he has now won 29 of his last 32 matches, with three title wins coming in six consecutive ATP finals. If he stays healthy next year’s Grand Slams are going to be very interesting indeed. That’s for the future. In terms of the here and now there’s a 250 event in Moscow to win and we can’t see anyone else in the draw who can live with him this week.
Marin Cilic is in Medvedev’s half but his recent form has been filthy and he looks way too short at 12/1. Karen Khachanov is the defending champion and will be popular with the crowd but he’s struggled for consistency following that deep run at the French Open and he too looks a little on the short side at 5/1. Khachanov beat Medvedev in a titanic Kremlin Cup semi last season but we can’t see past a Medvedev procession here so anything above evens should be gobbled up.
In Stockholm Fabio Fognini looks a rather unconvincing favourite to land the Intrum Stockholm Open. The Italian, fresh from his on court ‘beef’ with Andy Murray in Shanghai, has made two semi-finals here in two previous appearances. In terms of sheer talent he can pretty much put it on any player in the world on any given day. But Fognini lacks discipline, and the testicular fortitude to ‘tough out’ matches that look to be going away from him.
Instead we fancy the man who toppled Fognini in 2017 here. Step forward Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian heartthrob will look to reclaim a title he last won in 2013. Dimitrov has endured an erratic time of it on the Tour since then but tends to like it here, having reached the quarter-finals or better in six of his seven Stockholm appearances. This is a sequence that included three finals so with such red hot course form, at 6/1, he looks worth a punt.
Finally to Antwerp where Stan Wawrinka is a warm order in the betting to win the European Open. Wawrinka gets a wild card this week and plays here for the first time as he pursues his first ATP Tour title since 2017 (Geneva). The Swiss remains a class act on his day but having gone so long without a Tour win he looks a frankly shocking price at around the 7/2 mark.
Andy Murray will play Kimmer Coppejans in the first round in Antwerp and it could be an exciting week for the Scot. Murray has planned a four-week period of rest after this tournament to welcome a new addition to his family, although he will be on standby to jet back to London at any point this week in case of an early arrival. So while his recent form has been encouraging, punters rowing in at 12/1 about him winning could be left heartbroken if the baby makes an early appearance.
Instead we like the 9/1 about Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Six of the last seven ATP titles the Frenchman has claimed have been claimed indoors. And this year’s Montpellier and Metz winner was also victorious in Antwerp in 2017.
The battle hardened Tsonga, who was outside the top 200 at the start of the year, is now up to 35 in the world and will be quietly confident of another big showing in Belgium if he can get that first serve firing.
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