An impressive field has been assembled for the 2019 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, which is being held in the Netherlands over the course of the next few days.
Top seed Kei Nishikori leads the way with the likes of Milos Raonic also in the draw, although the competition has been hit by the withdrawals of Lucas Pouille and Roberto Bautista Agut.
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Those two players were due to be seeded sixth and seventh respectively, but there are a host of young players who will be looking to take their chance to shine in the spotlight at Ahoy Rotterdam. Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas are in the draw along with Daniil Medvedev, who won the title in Sofia last weekend.
Unfortunately, defending champion Roger Federer, a three-time winner of the Rotterdam event, has opted not to return to the tournament. However, the presence of players such as David Goffin and Tomas Berdych will ensure a high level of competition over the week’s play.
But where is the best value to be found in the betting odds for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament? Let’s take a look and pick out some possible selections worth considering.
Nishikori Seeking Second Title of 2019
Japanese star Nishikori has a reputation as something of a “nearly” man, having never quite reached the top of the game despite his huge amount of talent.
But there have been signs in the first few weeks of the year that he could finally be ready to push through and trouble the very best players in the world for honours.
Nishikori won the Brisbane International title to get 2019 off to a flying start and he followed up that success by getting through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Denis Shapovalov is likely to be Nishikori’s second opponent and that would be a battle well worth watching, with the young Canadian one of the most exciting players on the tour right now.
Nishikori has been boosted by Bautista Agut opting to pull out of the event as the draw had scheduled the duo to meet in the last eight. Instead, should Nishikori still be in the tournament he is slated to face off against the up and coming Nikoloz Basilashvili, who hails from Georgia.
Indeed, the top quarter of the draw is packed with intriguing options from a betting perspective, with Nishikori’s price of 6/1 perhaps a little bit too short for a lot of casual fans to want to back.
Hyeon Chung has struggled with his form and fitness since reaching the Australian Open semi-finals a little over a year ago, while 2016 champion Martin Klizan is also present here.
Raonic a Big Threat
It is easy to forget that Raonic was once the third best player in the world according to the rankings, with fitness problems having stifled the progress of the Canadian in recent years.
But when he is fit that powerful serve is one of the best in the business and Raonic certainly has the ability to go all the way in Rotterdam, particularly after Pouille pulled out to mean a rematch of the Australian Open quarter-final is no longer on the cards.
Raonic has got to the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament before so he has some history of success here, which could make his 6/1 price appeal more than Nishikori’s. Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka both fell to Raonic in his impressive run at Melbourne Park and he is finding his form again, although Swiss star Wawrinka could await in the second round.
Berdych is also in this section of the draw and the Czech is available to back at odds of around the 11/1 mark. He lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the Montpellier semi-finals in a match that saw him troubled by a blister, but he is expected to be fully recovered in Rotterdam.
Can Tsitsipas Bounce Back?
Making it through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open announced the name of Tsitsipas to the masses, but he came back to earth with a bump against Gael Monfils in Sofia last week.
The Greek star is going to have to learn how to cope with increased expectations as he is now a player a lot of people will be looking out for in the betting odds for tennis tournaments. Tsitsipas is priced up at 9/1 to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament but consistency is going to be the main question mark hanging over his head in the coming weeks and months.
In Rotterdam he is set to face the out of form Damir Dzumhur in the first round with Robin Haase potentially then following, while David Goffin may await in the quarter-finals. Goffin is a wily player who would cause Tsitsipas problems and the Belgian may prove a good value option on an each-way basis at a price of around 20/1 with the major online bookmakers.
Medvedev Momentum Challenged by Quick Turnaround
Reaching a final one weekend and playing another tournament straight away is always a tough challenge for any player, with Medvedev heading to Rotterdam after his Sofia triumph.
The Russian fifth seed has an excellent record on indoor hard courts but Jeremy Chardy and Fernando Verdasco stand in his way in the opening two rounds this week.
That said, Medvedev is clearly a rising star of the game and 8/1 will not be available for him to win a tournament like this many more times if he follows up his Sofia success with more titles.
2019 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Tips
Some fascinating action is coming up at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with Nishikori challenged to justify his billing as the top seed and the joint favourite.
But it is Raonic who is preferred among the frontrunners, with the Canadian looking good value at a price of 6/1, the same odds as those widely available on the Japanese number one.
Medvedev at 8/1 is also worthy of consideration but winning back-to-back tournaments may be beyond the Russian at this stage of his career.
For those seeking each way value, 20/1 on Goffin looks unbeatable although the Belgian has not been given the easiest path into the latter stages of the Rotterdam tournament.