2019 Chengdu Open Betting Preview: Isner, Dimitrov Lead Intriguing Field

John Isner and US Open semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov are the star names for this year’s Chengdu Open, which again takes place at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre.

For the fourth year in a row, the venue plays host to the start of the Asian swing with Isner made the top seed ahead of Felix Auger-Aliassime, Benoit Paire and fourth seed Dimitrov.


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This tournament marks the return to the court of Dimitrov, who has been resting since his superb run of form at Flushing Meadows was halted by Russia’s rising star Daniil Medvedev.

Fourth seed Dimitrov is in the same section of the draw as Auger-Aliassime, with Paire and Isner placed in the top half. As is usually the case, all of the top seeds have a bye through the first round of the competition, so they will have some time to acclimatise to the conditions.

Auger-Aliassime’s fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov is also seeded for the tournament, with other players of note to keep an eye on including Dusan Lajovic, Taylor Fritz and Kyle Edmund.

Wild cards have been given out to South Korean Hyeon Chung, who got to the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year but has since struggled with his fitness, along with Mikael Ymer of Sweden and local players Li Zhe and Bai Yan, neither of whom are in the world’s top 200.

But which participants offer the best value in the 2019 Chengdu Open betting? Let’s consider our options, compare the odds and find the player who offers the best value for our money.

Auger-Aliassime Returns After 2018 Disappointment

Back at the Chengdu Open for the second year in a row, Felix Auger-Aliassime will be hoping to improve on his showing in 2018, when he reached the quarter-finals of the event.

That was the stage at which he was beaten by Bernard Tomic, who went on to win the tournament, but Auger-Aliassime has since become one of the hottest prospects in the game.

The tall Canadian is yet to win a tournament on hard courts but looks a good option for the 2019 Chengdu Open prize, with the top tennis sites pricing him fairly well from a value standpoint.

After a bye through the first round, Auger-Aliassime will open his competition against either Joao Sousa or wild card Hyeon Chung, while the world number 21 could come up against Lajovic in the quarter-finals ahead of a potential last-four clash with Dimitrov.

A lack of experience can count against Auger-Aliassime but his talent is not in doubt and he has a great chance to make his mark in a field he has the potential to dominate if he finds top form. But a couple of early exits in his last two tournaments hit at a slight loss of form for him.

Isner’s Serve a Major Threat in China

Top seed John Isner certainly deserves to be included on shortlists for the Chengdu Open, with the American having a gigantic serve that can blast his way through the draw this week.

Isner’s path to the quarter-finals looks to be relatively clear and at that stage of the competition he is scheduled to come up against Shapovalov, the eighth seed.

At the age of 34, Isner may not have too many years left on the ATP tour but his record on hard court events has to be respected.

While he has only picked up one trophy this year – coming on the grass courts of Newport – he is a multiple champion of events in Atlanta, Auckland and Winston-Salem.

Dimitrov Back in Action After New York Exploits

Few were tipping Grigor Dimitrov to be among the contenders to win the US Open, but the former world number three showed there is life in his legs yet. He is among the Chengdu Open favourites to win the tournament.

The 28-year-old knocked out Roger Federer on his way to the last four at Flushing Meadows, so his confidence should be full going into the Asian swing of the ATP tour.

Dimitrov opens up against either Dan Evans or a local wild card player in the second round after being given a bye thanks to his status as the fourth seed in the draw.

But while his US Open showing demonstrated that on his day Dimitrov is still a very dangerous player, you have to go back to 2017 to find the last time he claimed glory at any tournament.

Hyeon Chung on the Comeback Trail

At last year’s Australian Open, Hyeon Chung was the breakout star, seemingly coming from nowhere to get through to the semi-finals.

Unfortunately for the South Korean, his body has continually let him down since then with injuries preventing him from finding any consistency on the court.

He dropped to 170 in the world rankings as a result but finally seems to be operating at 100 per cent fitness, having got a Challenger title under his belt right here in Chengdu just a few weeks ago. Returning to the same location could boost his chances as well.

Chengdu Open Best Bets

This year’s Chengdu Open draw might lack a little bit of star power, but there are a few players worthy of consideration for a bet on the tournament.

As the top seed, Isner will be thought of by many as the man to beat, but the American often does not produce his best tennis away from his homeland. And at the age of 34, his age could make him vulnerable should he come up against a younger rival who can handle his serve.

Hyeon Chung might just offer the best value in the draw. Winning a title in Chengdu in July means he has experience of the conditions and, as he showed at Melbourne Park last year, he can beat most players on his day. Current prices on the South Korean might just prove to be a bargain.

Having recovered from a shoulder injury that has hampered his progress, Grigor Dimitrov showed at the US Open he is ready to become a force to be reckoned with again.

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