There are 3 tournaments to look forward to on the ATP Tour this week, and some of the world’s best players are taking in the ATP Rio, ATP Marseille and the ATP Delray Beach. Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson are all in action, and we’ve got analysis and tips for all 3 of this week’s tournaments.
This clay court event was reintroduced to the tour in 2014, and it was instantly won by the King of Clay Rafa Nadal, who defeated Alexander Dolgopolov in the final. However last year, after being asked to play his semi-final just a few hours after his quarter final, the slightly out of form Spaniard lost to Fognini. However, it was David Ferrer who lifted the title.
Nadal and Ferrer are both playing again, with Nadal available at 5/4 and Ferrer at 4/1. Those prices look about right, and they’re in opposite halves of the draw, however the value may well be the 12/1 about Tsonga. The Frenchman has twice won the ATP Marseille in the past, but passes-up the opportunity of playing at home to take his chances here.
Tsonga each-way @ 12/1 (365, Skybet, Coral) ½ odds 2 places
Indoor hardcourts are perceived to be the fairest of all surfaces and, though that usually favours the better players, neither of the top 2 seeds Wawrinka or Berdych have taken advantage of that in the past. They’re vying for favouritism at around the 7/2 mark here, but I’d much rather take a chance on dual previous champion Gilles Simon. The Frenchman gave Djokovic his toughest match at this year’s Australian Open, and is sure to be up for a hat-trick in this tournament in his home country.
Simon each-way @ 14/1 (Coral) ½ odds 2 places
ATP Delray Beach
Karlovic, Anderson and Del Potro have all got their names on the role of honour at this outdoor hardcourt tournament but, though they all must have chances of doubling-up, it is Grigor Dimitov who is preferred for betting purposes. After a poor season last year, he has looked much more like his old self in recent times, and will be keen to work his way back into the world’s top-10 having slipped right down to number 27.
Dimitrov each-way @ 5/1 (Coral) ½ odds 2 places