The final of the ATP Brisbane saw Roger Federer chalk-up his 1,000th career victory as he defeated big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in three-sets. Great for Roger – but even better for blog followers who followed last week’s advice to have 8-points win on him at even-money.
However, like me, you’re probably still bemoaning Gilles Simon’s defeat at odds of 3/13 which cost our nice juicy treble with Khokkinakis (17/10) and Tomic (7/10) – who both won.
One winning member of that treble is our headline selection this week with Bernard Tomic very much fancied to make an impact in the ATP Sydney event, especially as most of the world’s top-20 are resting in order to conserve their energies for the forthcoming Australian Open.
The case for Tomic is an easy one, as he’s made the final of this event for the last two years, and this could be a breakthrough year for the German-born Australian who is seeded no.53 in the world.
The favourite this week is David Goffin, and that’s because the Belgian (World No.22) is the second highest-ranked player in the field. He’s also been in good form of late, including making the semi-finals in Chennai last week. However, it’s hard to get enthused at odds of 11/2, as he’s sure to have one eye on next week’s big event.
The man ahead of Goffin in the rankings is World No.19 Fabio Fognini who seemed comp-letely out-of-form at last week’s Hopman Cup, where he lost all his three singles matches, including winning just three games against Vasek Pospisil.
The biggest name is, unarguably, Juan Martin Del Potro and the former US Open champion defends the title he won 12 months ago. However, defending it will be a tall-order as, due to a wrist injury, this will be his first tournament since February.
I doubt there’s anyone in the field who winning this tournament would mean as much to as Tomic, and he’s more than capable of adding to the title he won in Bogota last year. His quarter-final appearance in Brisbane last week was perfectly respectable – and he won’t find anyone of the calibre of last week’s semi-finalists in this line-up.
However, we’ll add a second string in the shape of Julien Benneteau, with the Frenchman having a big chance of reaching the final from the top-half of the draw. An early exit last week wasn’t a disgrace at the hands of exciting young Australian Kokkinakis, and he has a better record in Sydney.
1.5 points each-way Bernard Tomic 16/1 general (25/1 with Betfred, 20/1 Stan James)
1.5 points each-way Julien Benneteau 12/1 Coral