2019 Queen’s Club Championships: Del Potro and Cilic in Strong Field

Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic lead the way in the betting odds for the 2019 Queen’s Club Championships as preparations continue for Wimbledon, with Andy Murray making a long-awaited return to the court.

Andy Murray will be playing doubles as he continues to recover from hip surgery, while it remains unclear if and when he will be able to compete in a singles event again.


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The former world number one will dominate the spotlight in London this week even though a strong field has been assembled for the singles draw at Queen’s.

Del Potro and Cilic are the two biggest names present but there is a chance to see how rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas gets on as he builds towards Wimbledon.

Other players who are certain to be of interest in this tournament include the excellent young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, whose compatriot Milos Raonic always poses a threat on this surface having previously got through to the Wimbledon final.

It promises to be an exciting week of action, but which players offer the best value in the betting odds for this year’s Queen’s Club Championships? Let’s take a look and find out!

How will Tsitsipas Fare as Top Seed in London?

Getting used to the increased expectations on his shoulders promises to be one of the big challenges facing Stefanos Tsitsipas in the coming years.

He is the top seed at Queen’s but has been dealt arguably the hardest draw possible, landing up against the British number one Kyle Edmund in the first round of the event.

Edmund can rely on the support of his home crowd and it may be a difficult environment for Tsitsipas, who lost in the first round in his first grass court tournament of the season last week.

He is therefore somewhat vulnerable to an early exit again, with Edmund more than capable of causing an upset. Tsitsipas, among the favourites for the title at a price of 7/1, has also been placed in the same section of the draw as the in-form Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The top quarter is packed with talent, unseeded Australian Nick Kyrgios is a dangerous opponent for anyone, and it is quite possible the winner comes from this section.

Kyrgios has produced fine results on grass in the past but his behaviour appears to be becoming increasingly unpredictable and erratic, making his price of 15/1 quite a risk.

Injury Doubts for Del Potro

There is an argument that Juan Martin Del Potro has been the most unfortunate tennis player in the modern game and he is again struggling to manage a knee injury as Wimbledon draws closer.

Del Potro had the talent to be among the greats of the game but staying fit has been difficult throughout his career, with the Argentine made the third seed for this year’s Queen’s event.

What makes matters worse for Del Potro this week is that his first match is set to be against another of the sport’s rising stars, Denis Shapovalov, who is a proven winner on the grass courts of London as he is a former junior Wimbledon champion.

Del Potro also lost to Shapovalov at the Canada Masters back in 2017, a win in front of his home fans announcing the youngster as one to watch for the future, so there is no reason for the 20-year-old to feel over-awed.

Former Queen’s winner Feliciano Lopez potentially awaits Del Potro in the second round so it does not get any easier for him, especially with sixth seed Raonic placed in his quarter too.

Given the worries about the state of his right knee, it is hard to back Del Potro at a price of 6/1 this week, with Shapovalov more tempting on an each way basis at around the 33/1 mark.

Marin Cilic Out to Regain Top 10 Spot

Fitness may be the question mark hanging over Del Potro, but for Marin Cilic the issue is his form. The experienced Croatian has slipped to 15 in the world rankings after struggling throughout 2019.

Cilic will be glad of the return to Queen’s – with the event known for sponsorship reasons as the Fever-Tree Championships – as some of the best moments of his career have been here.

He is the defending champion having beaten Novak Djokovic in the final a year ago, even after dropping the first set, while Cilic has been to the end of the tournament on three other occasions.

Cilic’s game is also suited to the fast grass courts of London so this might be the ideal time for him to find some form ahead of Wimbledon getting under way in the next couple of weeks.

Cristian Garin is first up for Cilic, who could go on to meet Diego Schwartzman in the second round. And if the tournament proceeds according to the seeding, he will play the talented Russian Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals.

Cilic can be backed at 6/1 in the betting odds for the Queen’s Club Championship, which seems too short given it has been hard for him to put together good results all year.

Queen’s Club Championships Best Bets

An unpredictable tournament seems certain with a number of the top seeds having form or fitness worries, as well as many of the field being likely to have half an eye on Wimbledon.

As the top seed Tsitsipas will be expected to go deep into the tournament but his draw is tough and a short price is therefore not very appealing, while Cilic and Del Potro can also be discounted from the reckoning despite the former’s very strong career record here.

Instead, it looks poised for one of the game’s rising stars to break through to the big time this week. Felix Auger-Aliassime faces the challenge of going back-to-back after reaching the final in Stuttgart last week, but confidence can see him go a long way at a very good price of 20/1.

The big serving South African Kevin Anderson is a player who often goes under the radar but he has proved at Wimbledon before he can be a major threat on grass. He is one to watch at 10/1.

There could also be some value in backing Shapovalov, albeit only at small stakes and likely on an each way basis, as the young Canadian looks far too generously priced at a massive 33/1.

And if experience does prove to be the key, 15/1 for former finalist Raonic to go one step better could be another option worth considering this week as well.

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