Rolex Shanghai Masters Betting Tips & Predictions, as the penultimate Masters event of the season sees the ATP Tour hit Shanghai.
The 2019 Shanghai Masters will be the 11th edition of the tournament that was first established back in 2009. This year’s tournament will get underway on Sunday October 6th, and the showpiece final is scheduled to be held on Sunday October 13th. The Shanghai Masters is an outdoor hard court event that is held in Shanghai, China, at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena. This will be the 8th Masters 1000 event of the season, and it features a 58-man field competing for roughly £4.6million in prize money. While the winner’s share will be in the region of £1.1million, the runner up will receive in excess of £565,000. Novak Djokovic is this year’s defending champion, courtesy of the Serbian’s victory over Borna Coric in last year’s final.
World number one Novak Djokovic holds the record for most Shanghai Masters titles won, with the Serbian ace having won this title on four occasions. Djokovic first won this title back in 2012, while he also won here in 2013, 2015 and 2018. Andy Murray has won this title on three occasions over the years, in 2010 and 2011, while he was most recently victorious here back in 2016. Meanwhile, Roger Federer is the only other former champion in this year’s field. The Swiss ace has won the title on two separate occasions, in 2014 and 2017.
Last 5 Champions
2018 – Novak Djokovic
2017 – Roger Federer
2016 – Andy Murray
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Roger Federer
While there should be a strong field in Shanghai this year, there have been some withdrawals ahead of the tournament. As expected, Rafael Nadal withdrew due to a left wrist injury, but he’s expected to return at the Paris Masters later this month. Kei Nishikori is still recovering from an elbow injury, while Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro and Laslo Djere have also withdrawn. Two-time grand slam finalist Kevin Anderson will not make his return this season, with the South African ace opting to end his season early. Meanwhile, both Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios have also withdrawn from the tournament this year.
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Rafael Nadal (2)
Kei Nishikori (8)
Kevin Anderson (18)
Stan Wawrinka (20)
Novak Djokovic is the defending champion this year, and he’ll rightfully enter the tournament as the favourite to win the title. Djokovic returned from injury this past week in Japan and he currently finds himself in the final there after a terrific week of tennis. The world number one has big ranking points to defend this week, and an early defeat would see him relinquish his number one ranking to Rafael Nadal. While Djokovic did look good this past week, the Serbian ace has not been at his dominant best at the Masters events this season.
Two-time champion Roger Federer will be looking to win this title for the 2nd time in three years this week. The Swiss ace has had a great year thus far, and he holds the second best win-rate on the tour this season at 86%. Federer is always a leading contender on a hard court, but he hasn’t played for a few weeks and so he’ll need to shake off some rust in the early rounds. Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev comes into the tournament after deciding to withdraw from the China Open last week to rest. The Russian ace has been in terrific form this year, and he won the title at the St. Petersburg Open last time out.
Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas both returned to form this past week at the China Open, and the two are set to meet in the final in Beijing. They should both be coming into this tournament with renewed confidence after their respective runs in Beijing, and both are without a doubt contenders this week.
In what should be an exciting week of tennis, who will do enough to win the penultimate Masters event of season?
Daniil Medvedev is in red-hot form right now, and he’s going to be tough to stop. The Russian ace didn’t play this past week in Beijing, as he opted instead to rest ahead of the last few weeks of the season. Medvedev has been in terrific form all year, but in particularly the last few months. The Russian ace has reached the final or better at his last five events, including at the most recent Masters event. The twenty-three-year-old has won 16 of his last 17 matches, 24 of his last 27 matches, as well as 9 of his last 10 Masters matches. Daniil Medvedev won his first Masters title at the Cincinnati Masters in August, and he’s looking to win a 2nd Masters title of the year this week.
Dominic Thiem has been in good form this past week, and he’s going to be coming here feeling good about himself. The Austrian ace currently finds himself in the China Open final, and so he could be coming here on the back of winning his 4th title of the year. Thiem also won his first ever Masters title earlier this year in Indian Wells, on a hard court, and so he’s now a proven winner at this level. The twenty-six-year-old will also be really happy with his draw this week, as it provides him with a fantastic opportunity to reach another final this season.