The Rio Open presented by Claro may have only been added to the ATP schedule in 2014 but it has already become Brazil’s first and only ATP 500 event, offering a total prize fund of just less than $2,000,000.
The tournament is played on the outdoor clay courts of the Jockey Club Brasileiro, with the biggest matches taking place on the 6,200-seater Stadium Court.
King of clay Rafa Nadal claimed the first ever title here in 2014, with David Ferrer, Pablo Cuevas, and Dominic Thiem lifting the trophy, respectively, in 2015, 2016, and 2017, before Diego Schwartzman won the 2018 edition.
Rio Open 2019 Tennis Betting Forecast
Dominic Thiem 2/1, Diego Schwartzman 8/1, Fabio Fognini 8/1, Pablo Cuevas 20/1, Leonardo Mayer 33/1
World number eight Dominic Thiem is seeded number one here as he tries to win a second Rio Open title. He arrives here in reasonable form after reaching the semi-finals in Buenos Aires last week and it will be a shock if he doesn’t make it to the quarter-finals with the minimum of fuss.
His most likely opponent in the quarters is Guido Pella, who was the loser in the other semi-final in Argentina last week. Pella also won his first two matches with Thiem, though it the number one seed that has won their last two meetings in straight sets, the last of which was on clay in Buenos Aires in 2018.
If number three seed Marco Cecchinato has been celebrating his victory at last week’s Argentina Open, he could be in trouble against first-round opponent Aljaz Bedene who has beaten him on all five previous occasions they’ve played each other. Bedene has won the last four matches without Cecchinato winning more than two games in any set.
Number eight seed Nicolas Jarry also faces a tough first-round opponent, with Roberto Carbales Baena having won two of their previous four matches. That makes the second quarter a potential minefield for punters.