The ATR Rotterdam open, also known as the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, first took place in 1974 when it was won by local hero Tom Okker. The 1995 winner Richard Krajicek is the only other Dutch player to lift the trophy, which has also been won by legends of the game such as Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Stephan Edberg, Boris Becker, and Lleyton Hewitt. More recently, it has been won by Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
The tournament is an ATP 500 event that takes place on the indoor hardcourts of the Ahoy Rotterdam in The Netherlands and carries a prize fund of over €2 Million. Kei Nishikori is the number one seed at the 2019 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, with other top seeds including Karen Kachanov, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Milos Raonic. The 2019 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament takes place between February 11-19, with matches being the best of three sets.
It’s no great surprise to see number one seed Kei Nishikori head the outright market with most bookies, but he does have a potentially tricky route to the final, whilst he also has something to prove after being last seen retiring from his Australian Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.
He faces a tricky opening match against in-form Open Sud de France finalist Pierre-Hugues Herbert, whilst potential second round opponent Denis Shapovalov has beaten him in the past. The bottom half of the first-quarter isn’t any easier to solve, with the quartet of Klizan, Fucsovics, Chung, and Basilashvili having little experience of playing each other.
The second quarter is packed full of potentially exciting clashes, with Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka drawn to meet each other in the second round. However, neither has a great record against the explosive but inconsistent Benoit Paire, who play Wawrinka in round one.
That could leave the door open for Lucas Pouille to clinch another semi-final spot after making the semis in France last week. He may have to beat Tomas Berdych in round two but has, interestingly, already beaten Raonic at this year’s Australian Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas could be the player to have on your side in the third quarter. The young Greek player is one of the most improved players around and can easily be forgiven his defeat last week to Gael Monfils in Sofia, as he was probably just getting his eye in after having some time off after making the Australian Open semi-finals.
His first-round opponent Dzumhur has beaten him twice before but looks out-of-form and it’s interesting that Tsitsipas has beaten David Goffin in their previous two quarter-finals, should the pair meet each other at that stage here as the draw suggests.
If Jo-Wilfred Tsonga takes up his slot here after winning in France last week, he looks to have an excellent chance to make it to at least the quarter-finals, as he’s 2-0 in head-to-heads against number two seed Karen Kachanov.
Daniil Medvedev could be a worth quarter-final opponent, if he also takes his place after making the final in Sofia, especially as he beat Tsonga convincingly in Australia earlier in the season. However, as it’s hard to know whether Tsonga and Medvedev will be up for it this week, this could be a quarter to avoid.
ATP Rotterdam Open 2019 Summary
This is not an easy renewal to analyse by any means, with both the first and fourth quarters looking potentially tricky.
However, it could be worth taking a punt on Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 20-year-old is surely going to be one of the stars of men’s tennis during the next decade, and he showcased his undoubted talents with his recent defeat of Roger Federer. Admittedly, he found Rafa Nadal’s stamina too much too handle afterwards, but he could easily have what takes to win the bottom half of the draw this week.
It’s tempting to leave this week’s selections there, but it’s hard to understand why Lucas Pouille is over three-times the price of Milos Raonic, with the Frenchman having beaten him at this year’s Australian Open. So, with the top-seeds in the top-half looking potentially vulnerable this week, Pouille could be the player to take them on with.
ATP Rotterdam Open 2019 Tips
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Each-Way) @ 9.00 SkyBet, SportPesa
Lucas Pouille (Each-Way) @ 26.00 Betfair SB, PaddyPower