Rotterdam Open Betting Tips and Predictions, as the first ATP 500 event of the season sees the players gather in Rotterdam. The Rotterdam Open is an indoor hardcourt tournament, that is held at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The tournament is a part of the ATP World Tour 500 series, and this year’s event will be the 46th edition of the tournament. The 32-man field will be competing for a prize pot of roughly £1.7 million, with the winner’s share of that being in excess of £350,000. The tournament gets underway on the 11th of February, with the final being played on the following Sunday, February 17th. Former world number one Roger Federer won this title last year, defeating Bulgarian ace Grigor Dimitrov in the final. Who will come through and claim the 2019 Rotterdam Open title?
Roger Federer and Arthur Ashe hold the joint-record for most titles won at this event, with both players having won here three times over the years. While Arthur Ashe won the inaugural staging of this tournament in 1972, Federer is the defending champion, after claiming his 3rd Rotterdam Open title twelve months ago. 2014 Rotterdam Open champion Tomas Berdych will be looking to win this title for the second time, as he looks to continue his fine start to 2019. Stan Wawrinka will also be looking to win his second title here, as he looks to add to his 2015 triumph, while Martin Klizan won here in 2016. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the only other former champion in this year’s field, with his previous title triumph occurring in 2017. There have been three previous Dutch winners of this event on home soil, with the first of those being Tom Okker back in 1974. Richard Krajicek, meanwhile, is the most successful Dutch player at this tournament, having won it twice in 1995 and 1997, while Jan Siemerink was the most recent Dutch winner, claiming his sole title here in 1998. Will we see a new Rotterdam Open champion crowned in 2019?
Last 5 Champions
2018 – Roger Federer
2017 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2016 – Martin Klizan
2015 – Stan Wawrinka
2014 – Tomas Berdych
The Rotterdam Open is an ATP 500 event, and as such, the tournament is not mandatory for the players to compete at. This therefore means that not all the players compete at this event every year, and this year will see the majority of the world’s top ten absent. World number one Novak Djokovic, and world number two Rafael Nadal, competed the first grand slam final of the season last month at the Australian Open, but both have opted against competing here this week. Defending champion Roger Federer has also opted against defending his title this week, as the Swiss ace continues to manage his schedule carefully. Juan Martin del Potro, the 2013 champion, will also be absent this week, as he continues his recovery from injury that has kept him out for the last four months.
While some players choose not to compete at the tournament, some are forced into withdrawing for some reason or another. World number three Alexander Zverev was set to be the top seed this week, but an ankle injury he’s struggled with so far this season has forced him into withdrawing from this tournament. 2014 runner-up Marin Cilic has been forced to pull out of the tournament this week, as he continues to nurse a knee injury that has caused him problems over the first month or so of the season. The inform Roberto Bautista-Agut has also had to withdraw from this week’s tournament, following an issue he picked up at last week’s Sofia Open. Last year’s runner-up Grigor Dimitrov has also had to pull out this week, as he’s currently struggling with shoulder tendinitis, while Frenchman Richard Gasquet has withdrawn due to a groin injury. Meanwhile, British number one Kyle Edmund has pulled out with a knee injury, and so he’ll also be absent this week, as well as Australian star Nick Kyrgios, who has also had to pull out.
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Novak Djokovic (1)
Rafael Nadal (2)
Alexander Zverev (3)
Juan Martin del Potro (4)
Kevin Anderson (5)
Roger Federer (6)
Dominic Thiem (8)
John Isner (9)
Marin Cilic (10)
Kei Nishikori is the top seed this week, and he’ll look to continue his fantastic last year or so this week. The Japanese ace has made a great return from injury over the last twelve months, and he’s coming into this tournament as the only top ten player in the field. Nishikori has also made a great start to this season, and so he’ll be looking to keep it up here. The former US Open finalist won his first title in nearly three years when he claimed the Brisbane International title in his first outing of the season, while he also put in a good showing at the Australian Open, as he reached the quarter-finals. However, he was forced to retire from that match, and so he’s coming into the tournament on the back of that. Nonetheless, Nishikori is 8-0 in matches he’s completed this season, and so he’s definitely the man to beat this week.
Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to impress week-in-week-out, and he’s now a leading contender at any tournament he enters. The twenty-year-old has played in three tournaments so far this season, and he’s reached at least the quarter-final stage at all of them, leaving him with a 7-3 record in 2019. Tsitsipas’ most impressive run of the year is no doubt his grand slam breakthrough run at the Australian Open, where the youngster reached the semi-final stage. It’s been a ground-breaking twelve months for Tsitsipas, with his highlights of last season being his maiden ATP title in Stockholm, as well as winning the Next Gen Finals in Milan. Tsitsipas is up to a career high number twelve in the world right now, and he’ll definitely be one of the players to beat this week.
Karen Khachanov will be the number two seed this week, following a fantastic 2018 season that saw the Russian ace climb significantly up the rankings. Khachanov enjoyed a fantastic 2018 season, and he ended the year by winning his maiden Masters title by defeating Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final. However, Khachanov has struggled to recapture the form he showed last year so far this season, and he comes into this tournament with a disappointing 2-3 record on the ATP Tour so far this season. This includes a disappointing straight-sets defeat in the third round of the Australian Open, and so he’s not coming into this tournament in any kind of form. Nonetheless, Khachanov will need to kick-start his season at some point, and with only one top-ten player in the field this week, it could be at this tournament.
2014 champion Tomas Berdych has made an extremely impressive start to the new season, and the former world number four will be tough to beat this week. Berdych had to cut his 2018 season short due to injury, but he’s wasted little time in getting back to competing with the very best. The 2010 Wimbledon runner-up reached the final of Qatar in his first tournament of the season, while it took a red hot Rafael Nadal to beat him in the fourth round at the Australian Open. However, Berdych continued his fine form since that defeat, and he reached the semi-final stage of the Open Sud De France this past week. The Czech ace also has a good record at this tournament, having won it in 2014, and he also reached the final here in 2015. Can Berdych continue his fantastic start to 2019 and claim the Rotterdam Open title for the 2nd time?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is another player to have started the season in good form, and he’s another player who holds a great record here. The Frenchman reached the final here in 2011, while most recently he was champion here in 2017. In fact, Tsonga missed the tournament here last year due to injury, and so he’s currently on a five-match winning streak at this event. The former world number five began the year by reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane, while he gave eventual champion Novak Djokovic a good test at the Australian Open. The 2008 Australian Open runner-up currently finds himself in the final at the Open Sud De France, and so his solid start to the season has continued into February. Can Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produce another fantastic run here in Rotterdam?
Former champions Stan Wawrinka and Martin Klizan will both be looking to win this title for the second time in their careers this week, although neither are in great form right now. Wawrinka was champion here in 2015, and the Swiss ace is coming into this year’s tournament with a 3-3 record this season. Martin Klizan, meanwhile, was champion here the following year in 2016, and he also has a 3-3 record so far in 2019. However, these two both have the experience of having won this title in the past, and so they both are capable of producing their best tennis at this event. Will either of these two kick-start their 2019 season’s by lifting this title for the 2nd time?
Milos Raonic is a possible champion at any of the tournaments he enters, and this week is no different. The Canadian ace has started the season in solid form, and he comes here with a 6-2 record in 2019. Raonic began the year with a quarter-final run in Brisbane, before backing that up with a quarter-final run at the Australian Open. However, he’ll have felt he could have gone even further in Melbourne, and so it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back this week. Raonic is an experienced player now, having reached multiple Masters finals and the 2016 Wimbledon final, and so he’s expected to reach the latter stages of these tournaments. Can Raonic win a first title in over three years?
Lucas Pouille and Nikoloz Basilashvili are both potential champions this week, although they’re both coming here having lost their last two matches. Lucas Pouille has a 5-3 record so far in 2019, although that includes two first round defeats in two of his three tournaments. However, Pouille did reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open, a result that came completely out of the blue. Pouille had been struggling for form for the last eight months, and so hopefully that run in Australia will have given him some much needed confidence for this season. Nikoloz Basilashvili, meanwhile, is 4-3 so far this season, with his best run being a quarter-final showing in Qatar. The Georgian ace enjoyed the best season of his career in 2018, and so he’ll be hoping for more of that this year. Basilashvili won two ATP 500 events last season, and so he knows he has the game to win a title of this pedigree. Can Nikoloz Basilashvili win his 3rd title in twelve months, or will Lucas Pouille win his first title in over a year?
Russian ace Daniil Medvedev has started the season in scintillating form, and he’ll be looking to continue it this week. Medvedev, who is into the world’s top-sixteen for the very first time, began his season by reaching the final in Brisbane, before following that up with a solid fourth round showing at the Australian Open. The rising star also currently finds himself in the final of the Sofia Open, and so he’s definitely in the kind of form he needs to be to enjoy a good run here. Medvedev won three titles in all last season, including an ATP 500 event at the Japan Open. Daniil Medvedev is definitely one of the players to beat this week, but can he continue his great start to the season and win his 2nd ATP 500 event?
Gael Monfils and David Goffin have been drawn against one another in the pick on the first round matches at this year’s tournament, and the two of them are more than capable of going all the way this week. These two have both been runner-up’s here in recent seasons, with Monfils reaching the 2016 final, and David Goffin reaching the final a couple of years ago in 2017. Gael Monfils is definitely the player in the better form out of the two, as he reached the latter stages of the Sofia Open this past week. David Goffin, meanwhile, is coming here after losing his last two matches, and with a 2-3 record in 2019. While it wouldn’t surprise me to see either of these win this title, I question whether either are currently playing at a high enough level to trouble the higher ranked players in the field.
Robin Haase will be leading the charge of Dutch players looking to become the first Dutch player to win this title on home soil since Jan Siemerink in 1998. Haase hasn’t started the season in particularly good form, and he comes into this tournament with a 2-4 record so far this year. The experienced ace has won two ATP titles in the past, the Austrian Open title in both 2011 and 2012, and so he’s capable of putting a run together this week. In a tournament that could throw up a surprise winner this week, who will come through the pack to lift the Rotterdam Open title in 2019?
Top seed Kei Nishikori has been handed a good draw this week, and I see the Japanese ace making the most of it. Nishikori is one of the form players coming into this tournament, following a strong start to the season. The former US Open finalist finally won his first title in three years when he won in Brisbane in January, and that will have felt like a massive weight had been lifted off of his shoulders. Nishikori hasn’t lost a match in which he’s completed this season, holding an 8-0 record in completed matches in2019, with his only actual defeat coming when he had to retire with an injury when he was down a set in the Australian Open quarter-finals. If Nishikori can reach the levels he displayed before his injury in Melbourne, I think he walks away with this title.
Daniil Medvedev continues to improve with each passing tournament, and I think he enjoys another good run this week. The Russian ace started the season in fantastic form, with his first outing of the year being a run to the final in Brisbane, a match in which he was beaten by Nishikori, and I fancy Medvedev to set-up a rematch of that final this week. Medvedev is also currently enjoying a great run in Sofia, and he currently finds himself in the final there on the eve of this tournament. Prior to the final in Sofia, he holds a 9-2 record in 2019, and so he could be coming into this tournament having won his first title of the year, as well as holding a 10-2 record this season. I expect Medvedev to enjoy another great run this week, and I expect him to reach a 3rd final of the season.