- The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament takes place at the Ahoy Rotterdam in Netherlands from February 11-17
- Canadian Milos Raonic is the tournament favorite with odds of +500
- Is there better value in the bottom half of the bracket?
With qualifiers complete the field of 32 is set for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The action begins indoors on Monday with Canadian Milos Raonic opening up as the tournament favorite.
Plenty of talent will be participating in the Rotterdam. This includes Raonic, world number seven Kei Nishikori, and two players who recently took home hardware earlier this weekend. Russian Daniil Medvedev claimed the title at the Sofia Open, while Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France was the champion at the Open Sud De France in Montpellier.
Odds to Win 2019 ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament
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Despite entering as the favorite, Raonic is only the fourth-highest ranked player in the tournament behind Nishikori, Karen Khachanov, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Raonic has been off since losing in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open to Lucas Pouille.
The top seed of the tournament sees Kei Nishikori of Japan against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France. Herbert is fresh off a finals loss to Tsonga in Montpellier. Nishikori has also been resting since the Aussie Open where he retired from his quarter-finals match to eventual champion Novak Djokovic with a knee injury.
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The 29-year-old insists he is now back to 100% and will look to add to his earlier title this year in Brisbane.
If indeed he’s back to full health he should be good value to advance past a likely fatigued Herbert and at least into the semi-finals of the top half of he bracket.
That semis matchup could come against Raonic. It could also come against another Canadian in Denis Shapovalov. Shapovalov is the tournament’s tenth seed and he and Raonic could face off in the quarter-finals of the second quarter.
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Sofia Rematch In Quarter Three?
Third seed and world number 12 Tsitsipas could see a rematch with Gael Monfils of France should the two reach the quarter-finals.
The Greek should have the easier path, as Monfils will open up Rotterdam against the eighth seed in the tournament David Goffin.
Tsitsipas had an incredible run during the Australian Open which included knocking out Roger Federer in the Round of 16.
Tsitsipas had an incredible run during the Australian Open which included knocking out Roger Federer in the Round of 16. He would make it all the way to the semi-finals before being eliminated in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.
The 20-year-old was unable to build off the momentum in Sofia, Bulgaria, being eliminated in the quarter-finals by Monfils. Monfils would then go onto lose in straight sets during the semis to eventual champion Medvedev.
Gael Monfils ?? gets the job done in Sofia ?? as he takes out Stefanos Tsitsipas ?? 63 76(5) in Quarter Final action today! ???
?The French ⭐️ played a great match as he hit 5 aces, won 93% of first serve points and broke Tsitsipas on 2 occasions for the excellent win ? pic.twitter.com/9qTkVkjHx6
— tennis news chan 1 (@tennisnewschan1) February 8, 2019
Monfils draws Belgian David Goffin for his opening match at the ABN AMRO. Goffin couldn’t make it past the Round of 16 in Montpellier and also lost in straight sets to Medvedev at the Australian Open.
Fourth Quarter Full Of Contenders
The fourth quarter of the bracket will be hotly-contested and include the aforementioned Medvedev. The Russian has been in fine form, ranking 15th in the world and enters as the tournament’s fifth seed.
2019 has been off to a strong start for the 22-year-old. Medvedev started with a loss in the finals of the Brisbane International to Nishikori. He then reached the Round of 16 of the Aussie Open losing to Djokovic, before his title win in Sofia Sunday.
Danil Medvedev ?? takes the ? at the ATP 250 in Sofia ?? today with a 64 63 victory over Marton Fucsovics ??! ???
— tennis news chan 1 (@tennisnewschan1) February 10, 2019
A quarter-finals showdown against countryman Karen Khachanov could be in the cards. Khachanov ranks 11th in the world and will be the second seed in Rotterdam. He also could face some tired opponents who played finals matches on Sunday.
Khachanov hasn’t been off to the best of starts in 2019 though. He was eliminated in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka in Qatar during the opening round. He then suffered another straight sets defeat to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the Round of 32 at the Australian Open.
In Sofia, he made another quick exit in the Round of 16 by falling to the 53rd ranked Matteo Berrettini.
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Assuming he advances past Tallon Griekspoor in the opening round, he’ll likely face Montpellier’s champion Tsonga.
ABN AMRO Futures Bets
Without one of the big three in men’s tennis participating in Rotterdam the field is pretty wide-open. There is a strong mix of highly ranked players, as well as several players who have tasted success recently.
In an open field I will avoid a couple of the top favorites and focus on the bottom half of the bracket with bets on Medvedev (+750) and Tsitsipas (+800). Ideally these two will meet up in the semis and leave me with a decent price on one of the finalists.