Troicki Up For ATP Sydney Hat-trick
The ATP Sydney, also known as the Sydney International, was established in 1885, and it is one of the first recognised professional tennis tournaments. Regarded as one of the warm-up tournaments for the forthcoming Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the calendar year, it is an ATP 250 Series Event, and takes place on the hardcourts of the Sydney Olympic Tennis Centre, Homebush, Sydney, Australia.
Not many of the top-seeds are in attendance this week after 4 of the top-5 seeds in the world made their respective finals last-week, and World Number 8 Dominic Thiem is seeded Number 1. However, it is Victor Troicki who catches the eye having won the tournament in both 2015 and 2016, as well as being runner-up in 2011.
Seeds And Betting
1 – Dominic Thiem 10/3
2 – Pablo Cuevas 18/1
3 – Victor Troicki 10/1
4 – Pablo Carreno Busta 14/1
5 – Phillip Kohlschreiber 16/1
6 – Gilles Muller 18/1
7 – Martin Klizan 50/1
8 – Marcel Granollers 50/1
The first-quarter looks at the mercy of World Number 8 Dominic Thiem, and he leads potential quarter-final opponent Marcel Granollers 4-0 in their head-to-heads. All those matches were on clay, but there’s no reason why the change to hardcourt should necessarily swing the match in Granollers’ favour.
The second-quarter is seeded to produce a quarter-final between Pablo Carreno Busta and Martin Klizan, and it is Klizan who won their only previous match in 2015. Thiem will be hoping that it is Carreno Busta who triumphs though, as he holds a 4-1 lead over him including winning both their 2016 clashes, whilst Klizan has beaten Thiem in 2 of their 3 previous matches.
The third-quarter is seeded to produce a quarter-final between Phillip Kohlschreiber and defending champion Victor Troicki and, though Kohlschreiber has won 3 of their 5 previous matches, Troicki won their only clash in 2016 in convincing fashion, 6-3 6-4 on hardcourt.
The fourth-quarter may see Gilles Muller and Pablo Cuevas meet in the quarters, and it is Cuevas who won their only previous meeting, a 2016 clash on grass. However, Troicki should be relishing playing either Muller or Cuevas in the semi-finals, having never lost to either of them in the past.
If Troicki makes it to his third consecutive ATP Sydney Final, the draw suggests his most likely opponent is either Thiem or Klizan, and their previous encounters suggest a Troicki hat-trick could be on the cards. He leads Thiem 2-0 and Klizan 5-1 (including all 3 previous hardcourt meetings) and it’s easy to see why 10/1 looks great value this week.
Victor Troicki @ 10/1 (32 Red, Unibet, 888Sport)