World’s top 20 men in Shanghai for penultimate Masters 1000 tournament of 2015
With just a month to go until the lucrative ATP Tour Finals in London, the race for ranking points intensifies this week in China. Four places in the end-of-season showpiece are still up for grabs and so there’s a strong field at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena this week for the seventh Shanghai Masters.
Novak Djokovic won in China last week and is the favourite once again while there are two other former winners in the field. Keep reading for our Shanghai Masters tennis betting preview.
Djokovic once again the tennis betting favourite
Considering he has a 68-5 win record in 2015 and is on a 12 match winning streak, it’s no surprise that Novak Djokovic is yet again the favourite for this week’s ATP Tour event.
The Serb won his first tournament since capturing the US Open title last week in Beijing, dropping just 18 games in five matches on the way to another Tour title. He beat John Isner, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal on the way to his eighth title of the year and he is the overwhelming favourite to win this event for the third time.
The last player to beat Djokovic could be the man to stop him claiming a hat-trick of titles. Andy Murray‘s win in the final of the Rodgers Cup was the world number one’s last defeat and the Scot returns to ATP action this week after helping Great Britain reach the Davis Cup final for the first time in 37 years.
Murray is seeded third in Shanghai and is therefore on course to meet Djokovic in the semi-final.
The bottom half of the draw could see another battle between two of the great rivals of the sport. Rafael Nadal leapfrogged Kei Nishikori to sixth in the ATP rankings last week after reaching the China Open final and while he admitted it had ‘not been the ideal year’ the Spaniard has still reached five finals in 2015.
If he comes through his quarter of the draw his likely semi-final opponent will be the resurgent Roger Federer. Since the French Open the 34 year old has lost just two matches – both Grand Slam final defeats to Novak Djokovic – and his hard court record this season has been excellent.
With all of the ‘big four’ in action, history will be made in Shanghai this week. With the trio of Federer (17), Nadal (14) and Djokovic (10) all present, no other trio who have won 10 or more Grand Slam titles have ever played in the same tournament together in the history of tennis.
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Considering that the ‘big four’ have won 46 of the last 50 ATP Masters 1000 titles, it’s hard to look beyond the favourites in Shanghai this week.
Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are the only pair outside the ‘big four’ to have won a Masters 1000 event in the last three years and it would be a surprise if one of the chasing pack took the title although Wawrinka’s good form continued last week when he took the Japan Open title.
Kevin Anderson has been in decent form this year and the big-serving South African could be one to watch on the hard courts while David Ferrer lost in the Beijing semi-final and is in good form having seemingly recovered from an elbow injury.
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