The China Open, or ATP Beijing as it is also known, is an ATP 500 Series Event that started in 1993, and is played on the outdoor hardcourts of the National Tennis Center in Beijing. In recent years it has been dominated by the world’s best players, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray winning 7 of the last 8 titles between them. The only other player to win in the last 8 years is Tomas Berdych, and the 2011 winner also finished runner-up in 2014. However, in the absence of Djokovic and Murray this year, 2005 Champion Rafael Nadal is favourite, and this year’s French Open and US Open Champion has decent recent tournament form after also finishing runner-up in both 2013 and 2015.
2017 China Open Tennis Best Odds
Rafael Nadal 15/8, Alexander Zverev 6/1, Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro 12/1, Grigor Dimitrov, Tomas Berdych 14/1, Roberto Bautista-Agut 16/1
World Number One Rafael Nadal is the number one seed this week, and his trickiest match in the first quarter may be his first. The Spaniard takes on Lucas Pouille, who beat him the last time they played, however Nadal was struggling at the time, and had beaten him easily on the previous occasion they met. If he gets past that first hurdle, it should be plain sailing to the semi-finals from there, as he holds unblemished records against the likes of Wu, Khachanov and Isner.
A competitive second quarter sees Grigor Dimitrov open against the very inform Damir Dzhumur but, with the latter having had two hard weeks, and Dimitrov winning their only previous encounter, Dimitov could set up an exciting clash with del Potro in the next round. Dimitrov actually trails the Argentinean 5-1 in head-to-heads, but beat him on the way to winning this season’s Cincinnati Masters. Last year’s runner-up has also won 2 of his last 3 against potential quarter-final opponent Bautista-Agut.
A quarter that could go to US Open semi-finalist Carreno-Busta, who has won his last two matches against both Verdasco and Mischa Zverev, though Nick Kyrgios could be a big danger if back to full fitness after going out in the first round of the US Open when last seen.
Alexander Zverev disappointed many when going out in the quarter-finals in Shanghai last week, but the young German may well have had one eye on this more important event. He certainly has an excellent chance to progress to the semi-finals, having won his only matches against the likes of Edmund, Haase and Rublev, whilst he has also beaten Berdych the last twice they’ve met, and beat Sock here last year.
Semi-Finals And Final
Dimitrov convincingly beat Nadal in last year’s tournament, but the Spaniard has won their other 8 matches, including in 5-sets at this year’s Australian Open, where he was ahead after 3 sets. Meanwhile, Zverev and Carreno-Busta have never met before but, as neither of them have won a match against Nadal, it may simply pay to back the World Number One this week, as the fact he’s made two finals here in the last 4 years suggests he will be trying his hardest.
Tip : Rafael Nadal @ 15/8 BetVictor