With Federer and Nadal surprising many with their performance at the Australian open, and both Murray & Djokovic failing to even reach the semi-finals, a lot has already happened this year in the ATP circuit.
Are the legends Nadal and Federer really back with a bang and will Andy Murray’s number 1 ranking face serious questions this year? Or will we see a rebirth of the Djokovic to snatch the top rank again? A brief look at the active ATP and WTA tournaments for this week…
WTA Kuala Lumpur:
Considering her form, Elina Svitolina is the absolute right favourite for this tournament. Odds of 1.9 on the outright market look very good value currently and should shoot down in the coming days.
Predicted Winner: Svitolina
Not many top WTA players in this tournament and therefore we could see some surprises on the way to the finals. With good form shown by a few players this year such as Lucic Baroni, Ostapenko and Tsurenko, this is indeed a tough tournament to predict. Personally, I would opt for Mladenovic emerging as the winner considering she has the serve and power to win against most top players.
Predicted Winner: Mladenovic
Djokovic may indeed be the right favourite on paper but one cannot ignore Rafa Nadal’s amazing form this year after coming so close to winning the Australian Open a few weeks ago.
The other candidates for this title are David Goffin and Dominic Thiem. These two youngsters are going to make it big in the coming years so keep a close eye on their game for the rest of the season.
I suggest avoiding backing Del Potro as he hasn’t looked that great on serve recently and has struggled a bit with his game.
This is a tournament Novak has never won, but I’m backing the Serbian to win it this year.
Predicted Winner: Djokovic to beat Nadal in the final
Murray is the favourite priced at 2.5 on Betfair Outrights but there has to be incredible value in backing Roger Federer close to 3.
Simply put, the Swiss maestro is definitely back with some awesome Tennis display at Australia and has looked very dominant on serve and even more on returns.
With no Nadal or Djokovic to worry about, With no Djokovic or Nadal to worry about, it is highly likely that one of these two will eventually reach the final and win it all.
My winner for this one is Roger simply due to his form and also because I believe Andy’s defensive game alone may not be good enough to beat Roger.
Predicted Winner: Roger Federer for the win!
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