This week’s top event on the ATP tour is the 2018 Swiss Indoors, the latest iteration of a tournament that has been won by Roger Federer a record eight times.
Federer tops the bill again at his hometown event and the Swiss superstar will be the centre of attention for sure during the tournament as he seeks to win it yet again.
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A strong field has been assembled, though, so it cannot be assumed that Federer will automatically come out on top and he will have to work hard if he is to win a ninth crown.
Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic would appear to be the main competition for Federer but other names in the frame for the Swiss Indoors title could include the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jack Sock and Marco Cecchinato, all of whom are placed around the top 20 in the world rankings.
Juan Martín del Potro was also set to be among the star players at the event but he has had to pull out for a fractured patella. Belgium’s David Goffin, has also been forced to pull out of the Swiss Indoors as a result of an elbow injury.
Since Federer won his first Swiss Indoors title back in 2006, he has dominated the event with only three other players having triumphed in that time. Del Potro’s absence has been confirmed and Novak Djokovic is not expected to enter despite speculation he could be in the draw.
That leaves Federer and Cilic as the only previous winners taking part in this year’s Swiss Indoors and the top bookmakers are clear which of those players they expect to win the event.
2018 Swiss Open Odds
Before we get into today’s analysis, let’s start with a look at the current Swiss Open betting odds to provide some context. These odds come courtesy of Unibet.com – one of our trusted bookmakers.
Federer a Clear Favourite for Ninth Title
With eight titles at the Swiss Indoors already, coupled with the fact he is playing in front of an adoring home crowd, it is no surprise that Federer is considered such a strong favourite here.
Depending on the price offered by the bookmakers, Federer is likely to be too short for some punters to take on despite the fact he is clearly very comfortable playing this tournament.
Federer’s form was solid if not spectacular at the Shanghai Masters, where he came through three matches before going down in straight sets to rising star Borna Coric.
“I must say I felt overall actually pretty good. So, I’m happy about that,” Federer said after his defeat to the talented young Croatian player. “It’s definitely something I can build on now for Basel and then for London and maybe Paris. I’m happy how the body has felt this week.”
That performance did mean Federer slipped down to number three in the world rankings, with Djokovic moving up a place to become the main rival to Rafael Nadal’s crown. But Federer, who has won three singles titles so far in 2018, is unlikely to let that affect his game in Basel.
Cilic Has Eyes on ATP Finals Spot
With the season drawing towards its conclusion, a lot of players are still in the mix to book a place at the ATP Finals, which will be played in London to wrap up the 2018 campaign.
One of those who can make some good ground up on their rivals during the Swiss Indoors is Cilic, who won this tournament in 2016 when he beat Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the final.
With Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Del Potro and Zverev having already qualified for London – although Del Potro may be unfit to take up his place due to a fractured kneecap – Cilic is next in line but with a crowd of hopefuls on his shoulder he cannot afford to slip up here.
The former US Open champion only has a small cushion to protect him from the likes of John Isner, Fabio Fognini, Coric and Nishikori, who could all yet secure a spot at the ATP Finals.
Cilic will start the Swiss Indoors as the number three seed, which means that he should be on track for a place in the semi-finals at the very least.
But while Cilic has already collected one singles title in the year to date his recent performances have not been good.
The Croatian crashed out in the first round of the Shanghai Masters and also fell at the first hurdle when he entered the Japan Open at the start of the month.
Zverev Finding His Feet Again
For so long touted as the most likely man to break up the Nadal-Djokovic-Federer dominance that is again taking over the sport, Zverev looked to be near his best again in Shanghai.
The German, ranked five in the world going into the Swiss Indoors, beat players including the British number one Kyle Edmund on his route through to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Djokovic ultimately proved too strong on that occasion but as the second seed, Zverev will be placed in the opposite side of the draw to Federer and could have a smooth route through.
Zverev has won two indoor titles in his career so far although the most recent of those came in Montpellier last year, while he does not have the pressure of playing for an ATP Finals place on his mind as his points haul in Shanghai was enough to make certain of his presence.
The 21-year-old can still be a little inconsistent, which could put some tennis fans off from backing him to win the 2018 Swiss Indoors, but he has to be in consideration. Zverev shrugged off his heavy loss to Djokovic in Shanghai and could bounce back here.
2018 Swiss Indoors Picks
Opposing Federer is difficult here as he has such an unbelievable record at the Swiss Indoors, where he reached 10 consecutive finals before being unable to play in the 2006 event.
Federer was fit enough to collect an eighth Swiss Indoors crown last year and even at short odds, it would be difficult to bet against him making that nine.
Cilic’s inconsistent recent form makes it hard to take him on, so Zverev is perhaps the best alternative to Federer, considering he is the second seed and will not have to play the hometown hero until the final of the tournament.
There are a few each-way selections worthy of consideration for this week’s tournament, with the spread of talent generous after the three big names found at the top of the field.
Tsitsipas is enjoying a breakthrough year and the 20-year-old Greek player is widely regarded as a massive star of the future – this could be another week where he makes a growing name for himself. A generous price could make him worth a look, but the luck of the draw could affect his chances.