- Rafael Nadal is favored to win the Mexican Open, also called the Abierto Mexicano Telcel ATP 500 tournament.
- Contested since 1993, the event switched from clay courts to hard surfaces in 2014.
- Last year, it was voted the No. 1 tournament on the ATP Tour.
Among the most popular stops on the ATP Tour, the Mexican Open always draws an A-list field of competitors due to that fact, and this year is no exception.
— Express Sport (@DExpress_Sport) February 24, 2019
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain headlines the list of starters when the event gets underway Monday. Nadal is favored to win the event, with odds of +187.
2019 Mexican Open Men’s Singles Odds
|Player||Odds to Win 2019 Mexican Open Men’s Singles at Bet365|
|Alex De Minaur||+1400|
*Odds taken on 02/25/19. Follow link in the table above for a complete list of all players.
This will be Nadal’s first tournament action in four weeks, since his straight-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. He’s won the Mexican Open in 2005 and 2013.
Nadal Could Face a Mexican Standoff
He is the top seed, but Nadal will face stiff competition. If the form charts hold on his side of the draw, he could come up against Nick Krygios in the second round. Krygios has defeated Nadal twice.
Win there and Nadal might be staring across the net at Stan Wawrinka. Wawrinka recently lost in the final at Rotterdam, but beat two of the world’s top 15 players en route to that final appearance.
Should Nadal hold his seed and reach the final, it’s quite possible that he’d end up facing Alexander Zverev, the third-ranked player in the ATP.
Defending Champ Sidelined
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who won the 2018 Mexican Open final 6-4, 6-4 over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, won’t be on hand to defend his title.
— Times of News (@TimesofNewsHUB) February 24, 2019
He was a late withdrawal from the tournament due to discomfort in his ailing right knee.
The No. 4-ranked player in the world, del Potro recently returned to action in Delray Beach following a fourth-month layoff due to his injured knee, but lost in the quarterfinals.
Plenty of Meat in the Field
Two other past Mexican Open winners join Nadal in the field. Sam Querrey won the 2017 title, defeating Nadal 6-3, 7-6(7-3) in the final.
Then there is the grandaddy of Mexian Open champions, David Ferrer. He’s won the event four times since 2010, incuding three straight from 2010-12.
— FOX SPORTS News (@FOXSportsNews) March 1, 2015
Ferrer also won in 2015, making him the only player to win the tournament in both its clay court and hard surface existence.
In 2013, Ferrer lost in the final to Nadal.
Is it Zverev’s Time?
Last year, Zverev got to the semifinal stage in Mexico before he was ousted by del Potro. Certainly, the way the draw has fallen should enhance his chances of going at least one step further this year and reaching the tournament final.
— Tribune Sports (@ETribuneSports) March 3, 2018
Always an intriguing figure, Zverev seems to be forever on the cusp of taking that next step up among the tennis elite but manages to stub his toe when that moment arrives.
Alex Zverev — Acapulco draw:
R2: Ferrer / Sandgren
QF: De Minaur / Lajovic / Lopez
SF: Schwartzman / Tiafoe
F: Nadal / Isner / Wawrinka
— Rashmi ? (@drivevolleys) February 23, 2019
A pro for six years, sometimes it’s easy to forget that Zverev is still only 21. He’s 5-1 on court so far this year, winning a pair of Davis Cup matches for Germany and reaching the round of 16 in the Australian Open before falling to Canada’s Milos Raonic.
Where to Find Value?
As much as it might be easy to tout Nadal, there’s plenty of reason to think this won’t be his tournament to win. He hasn’t played in a month. Will he be rusty? He’s never won the Mexican Open on a hard surface. Both his wins were on clay.
Nadal has never won the Mexican Open on a hard surface. Both his wins were on clay.
Should you get sentimental and make a play on Ferrer at a great price? The 36-year-old veteran is on his retirement tour, is ranked 148th in the world and it’s never advisable to wager with your heart.
A former champ and a good friend of the tournament. Welcome back, #SamQuerrey ??!
— Abierto Mexicano (@AbiertoTelcel) February 21, 2019
We think Querrey could be the shrewd value play here. He won here two years ago and has been close to breaking through for a big win for some time now. Eight of his 22 match losses last season were in final-set tie breaks. And he owns 20 career victories against top-10 opponents.