2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters Winner: Top 5 to Win It!
If you’re an avid tennis betting enthusiast that is still looking for value as we wind down the 2018 calendar year and inch closer to the ATP Tour World Finals, then you’re going to find plenty of what you’re looking for at the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters! This annual Masters 100 event always features the world’s best players with the vast majority of them looking to either reach the top eight in the world in an effort to reach the season-ending ATP Tour Finals or maintain their current ranking if they’re already among the top eight.
If you’re looking to find out which men in this year’s field represent the best opportunities to bring home the hardware in Shanghai, you’re about to find out right now.
There’s just not a whole lot that needs to be said about World No. 3 Novak Djokovic except the sweet-swinging Serbian superstar is undoubtedly playing like the best player on the face of the planet – again.
After some struggles getting back to the top of the tennis kingdom following injuries and time away from the game, Djokovic has put it all together in winning both, Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and the U.S. Open.
The second-seeded Serb and three-time winner of this event should cruise through a couple of easy matches until possibly meeting Kevin Anderson, Stefanos Tsitsipas, or Karen Khachanov.
The reigning champ here and two-time winner overall, Federer, who has gone 36-6 on the year with three titles including the Australian Open, is undoubtedly hungry after getting dispatched in the quarterfinal round of the U.S.
Open by unheralded Englishman John Millman. Fed could face Tokyo champion Daniil Medvedev and big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the third round, but he’s favored here for a reason. If he serves well throughout, he’ll have more than a good chance of winning back-to-back titles.
Of course, he’ll almost surely have to go through Djokovic in order to do so.
The current World No. 12 is back to playing successful tennis (34-16) after dealing with injuries recently. The former Top 5 talent just reached the Finals in Japan before falling to Daniil Medvedev.
Nishikori also reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open and at Moselle in between those two events. If he doesn’t have to deal with any injuries, Kei Nishikori can beat anyone in the world on any given day.
I know World No. 4 Alexander Zverev has struggled in recent months, but hey, the gifted 21-year-old is still 46-15 on the year with three titles. Yes, he hasn’t gotten past the round of 16 in each of his last three events, including the U.S. Open, but Zverev already owns three Masters 1000 titles in his young career and he’s got a game big enough to beat anyone on any given day, Federer and Djokovic included.
If he can keep it together mentally, Zverev could surprise to win his fourth Masters 100 title.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro could reach No. 2 in the world rankings by winning this event and seeing Novak Djokovic lose before the semis.
Despite losing 6-4, 6-4 in the finals at Beijing, it should be noted that the powerful Argentinian has reached the finals at each of his last two events, including the U.S. Open. Del Potro’s power on fast courts is a deadly mix for any opponent he faces!
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