The ATP Winston Salem, also known as the Winston Salem Open, is an ATP 250 Series Event. It was first established in 1981, and moved to the hardcourts of the Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA in 2011.
John Isner (twice) and Pablo Carreno-Busta have both claimed the title since then, and this year they are respectively the number-three and number-two seeds.
2017 ATP Winston Salem Betting
John Isner 6/1, Roberto Bautista-Agut 11/2, Pablo Carreno Busta 12/1, Steve Johnson 12/1, Fernando Verdasco 16/1
Number-one seed Roberto Bautista-Agut shares favouritism with John Isner, and the Spaniard looks to have a potentially uncomplicated route to the semi-finals. The first seed he should bump into is Jiri Vesely who he holds a 3-0 head-to-head over, whilst he also holds a 4-0 head-to-head lead over potential quarter-final opponent Paolo Lorenzi. He also some tournament pedigree having finished runner-up last year.
Joint Favourite, and 2011 and 2012 ATP Winston Salem Champion, John Isner also looks nailed on to make it to the semi-finals. He easily beat Borna Coric last time they met and, after only being beaten by Del Potro and Dimitrov in his last two tournaments, he should find this lesser company much easier. The out-of-form duo of Bedene and Cuevas should also be easy pickings if they make it to the quarter-final.
Some out-of-form seeds mean the third-quarter might not take much winning, with Steve Johnson, Viktor Troicki and Daniil Medvedev all having lost at least their last 3 matches. Therefore, this looks a good opportunity for Joao Sousa to have another good tournament after recently making the final in Kitzbuhel.
Defending Champion Pablo Carreno Busta could again go well here this year, and is fancied to make it to the quarter-final where he holds 2-1 and 2-2 head-to-records against his most likely opponents Verdasco and Simon, winning the last encounters against both.
Semi Finals And Final
Isner leads Bautista-Agut 2-1 on head-to-heads, but it was the Spaniard who won their last match. Meanwhile, the score stands at 1-1 between Sousa and Carreno-Busta, though the latter is much preferred having shown decent form here. Bautista-Agut then holds a 6-2 lead over Carreno-Busta, but was beaten by his countryman in last year’s final, whilst Isner and Carreno-Bust have yet to play each other. It’s a tough call, even if the draw goes to plan, but at 13/2, 13/2 and 12/1 – it may be worth backing all of Isner, Bautista-Agut and Carreno-Busta to win.
2 Points Win John Isner @ 6/1 Betway or BetVictor
2 Points Win Roberto Bautista-Agut @ 11/2 Betway or BetVictor
1 Point Win Pablo Carreno-Busta @ 12/1 Betway or BetVictor