The late addition of Australian Open champion Roger Federer ensures that an elite field will gather in Rotterdam for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be among the favourites as he seeks to win the title for the second year in a row, but he faces a lot of strong competition for the trophy.
A host of top 10 players have been confirmed among the entrants, with the world number four Grigor Dimitrov among them. The Bulgarian was disappointing at the first major of the year and will be looking to build some momentum at this week’s tournament.
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However, there is no doubt who the star draw is for this year’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, with Federer accepting a wild card to take his place in the draw.
Federer has a lot to play for in Rotterdam as he can reclaim the world number one spot from old rival Rafael Nadal if he gets to the semi-finals of the event.
Rotterdam Open Betting Odds
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|Thiemo De Bakker||150/1||100/1||299/1|
Fed’s Quest to Top the Rankings Once More
All eyes will be on Federer, who was not expected to head to the Netherlands for this tournament but has certainly boosted interest in the Rotterdam Open.
Federer last held the number one spot in the world rankings back in October 2012, but with Nadal not among the entrants this week he has a clear path to first place.
The Swiss veteran has spent more than 300 weeks atop the world rankings and as a result, he holds the record for most weeks spent at number one in the world.
And while Nadal has been top of the world for the past 25 weeks, he is not expected to play until Acapulco at the end of February, giving Federer a fantastic chance of usurping him. Federer has 155 points to make up on Nadal, so he has to get to the semi-finals to overhaul the Spaniard, and he has plenty of experience at the Rotterdam Open to help him.
The Australian Open champion has played at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, lifting the trophy twice, although the most recent of those victories was way back in 2012.
“The tournament is special for me,” said Federer, who holds a 25-3 record at the event. “I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level. It feels good to join in the celebrations of the 45th edition.”
Federer has inevitably been installed as the pre-tournament favourite and he can be backed at around the 11/10 mark to come out on top in Rotterdam.
Zverev and Dimitrov Lead Major Contenders
Federer’s presence may just be a blessing for two of the other big names in the field: Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov.
Zverev has long been considered one of the most likely heirs to Federer, but the young German often seems to struggle when he is thrust into the spotlight.
As such, everyone being focused on Federer may allow Zverev to show exactly what he can do, producing the type of tennis that saw him land in the top 10 of the world rankings.
The same can be said of Dimitrov, a player of huge talent who really ought to have won at least one major by this stage in his career.
The Bulgarian has the potential to be the best player in the world but mental fragility appears to have held him back from joining the elite.
A price of 8/1 on Dimitrov to win the Rotterdam Open looks to be a fair price, with Federer’s status as the clear favourite bumping the price of all his rivals.
Zverev, though, is a more tempting pick and the German can be backed at around the 9/1 mark for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament title. Beating Federer would certainly be a tough task for the youngster, but he is going to have to learn how to play against the greats soon.
Do Not Overlook Defending Champion Tsonga
Update: Tsonga is out, possibly with a torn hamstring.
Few people are talking about Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as a potential winner of the Rotterdam Open this year, despite the fact the Frenchman was highly impressive in claiming the title last year.
Tsonga, on his day, has the game to beat anyone in the world – including Federer – and he certainly looks like he could be a worthy each-way option depending on his opening price.
Not only did Tsonga win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament title 12 months ago, he also got through to the final of the event back in 2011, when defeat ensured Robin Soderling won the event for the second year in a row. The Swede is the last player to successfully defend the title.
Tsonga beat David Goffin in the final a year ago and the Belgian is another name who is certainly of interest in the tennis betting.
Goffin had a great end to 2017 and he will be looking to go from strength to strength this year. The 27-year-old is the world number seven and may be good value at odds of 12/1 here.
Other Names in the Frame
A deep pool of talent at this year’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament means there could well be a big-priced winner among the field.
Stan Wawrinka has had terrible luck with injuries of late but the Swiss has looked like he is getting back to his best and could be a major threat depending on his draw.
At odds of 16/1, plenty of tennis fans will be willing to back him at small stakes to win the Rotterdam Open again, having triumphed at this event in 2015.
Tomas Berdych was the man beaten in the final by Wawrinka in the final that year and he could be a dark horse in the draw, although he has slipped down to 16 in the world rankings.
The Czech player is offered at around the 15/1 mark, indicating how Federer’s presence in the odds has pushed some of the sport’s biggest names out to quite large prices.
Rotterdam Open Best Bets
With three of the world’s top five in attendance, the Rotterdam Open has suddenly become one of the hottest tickets in world sport this month.
Of course, much of the sudden interest in the tournament is down to Federer’s decision to take a wild card and he will kick things off as the favourite to claim the trophy as a result.
For many, even-money is just too short to back Federer though, with the pressure of having a chance to get back to number one in the world offering the potential to upset the veteran’s rhythm.
Although Zverev has only shown glimpses of his vast potential so far in 2018, the young German offers great value at a price of 9/1 to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Operating out of Federer’s spotlight should give him the confidence he needs to go on and claim his first title of the year and he looked in great form at the Davis Cup, battering Nick Kyrgios.
And last but not least, Goffin is likely to go under the radar a bit at the Rotterdam Open this month, but odds of 12/1 on the world number seven are certainly worth considering.