Western & Southern Open / Cincinnati Masters: Betting Analysis (Update)
Okay, tennis betting aficionados, if you’re looking to increase your chances of cashing in as we move further into the 2018 Western and Southern Open, you need to know what’s gone down so far – and who’s looking good moving forward. With that thought in mind, you’re going to love the update that you’re about to get on this year’s Western and Southern Open, also known as the Cincinnati Masters.
Racing into the round of 16…
— Western & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 15, 2018
The first thing you need to know is that top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out of the event on Sunday night to prepare for the US Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.
In Monday’s main draw opening round, Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Later, 10th-seeded Novak Djokovic regained his composure after blowing a 3-0 second-set lead to get past Steve Johnson, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The reigning Wimbledon champion failed to convert eight match points before he finally dispatched Johnson.
Wildcard entry Stan Wawrinka continued making his way back from two left knee surgeries and advanced to the second round by dispatching 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
All-time grand slam leader Roger Federer seeded second, has won in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn’t played in the tournament since he won it all in 2015. In 2016 he had a knee injury and last year, he had back problems.
“Cincinnati has always been a good tournament for me,” said Federer, the reigning Australian Open champion. “I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn’t a chance. I’m glad to be back.”
In other men’s matches, Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3. 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta dispatched Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 while other winners include Peter Gojowczyk, Denis Shapovalov and qualifier Bradley Klahn
On the women’s side, Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career by spanking Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 on Monday. Williams needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova, but she’s got a tough match on her hands in the second round against eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova on Tuesday. Williams lost to Johanna Konta 6-1, 6-0 in San Jose, California, before withdrawing from last week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal.
“You’ve got to be able to go back-to-back,” said Williams, a two-time Cincinnati champion. “I don’t get byes anymore right now. I’m OK with it.”
In other matches, 13th-seeded Madison Keys got past Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round. Wild-card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, also came from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.
Tenth-seeded Julia Goerges was losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 3-2 when she retired because of a lower left leg injury. Other players that advanced were Anett Kontaveit, Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko, wild-card Svetlana Kuznetsova and qualifiers Rebecca Peterson, Ajla Tomljanovic, Viktoria Kuzmova. In Monday’s final match, unseeded Alize Cornet stunned 11th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.
On Tuesday, you can expect a knock-down, drag-out match when Hyeon Chung (-156) takes on Jack Sock (+125) with an Over/Under of 22 games. I like the Over in a three-set thriller. I’m also going with Karen Kachanov (-400) over Albert Ramos Vinolas (+305). Roger Federer is a whopping -1667 favorite over Peter Gojowczyk (+800). On Wednesday, Kei Nishikori is favored (-175) over Stan Wawrinka (+155).
On the women’s side, Naomi Osaka (-161) looks like a great pick against Maria Sakkari (+130). Caroline Garcia (-130) is favored over Victoria Azarenka (+105) and Serena Williams is a -141 pick over Petra Kvitova (+115).
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