Western & Southern Open Betting Tips and Predictions, as the sports top players look to gain some confidence and form ahead of the US Open. The Western & Southern Open, which is also known as the Cincinnati Masters, was founded in 1899, and this year’s tournament will be the 118th edition of the event. The tournament is played on outdoor hard courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. This is one of the nine Masters 1000 events and it features a 56-man field, in which the top eight seeds are handed a bye to the second round. The field will be competing for a prize pot of more than £3.75million, with the winners’ share being in the region of £915,000. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion this year, after he defeated Roger Federer in the final twelve months ago. The action gets underway on Sunday August 11th, with the final scheduled for the following Sunday on the 18th.
Swiss great Roger Federer is the record 7-time champion here in Cincinnati. Federer first won this title back in 2005, while he most recently won this title back in 2015. Andy Murray is a former two-time champion at this event, winning the title back in both 2008 and 2011. Novak Djokovic, as mentioned before, is the defending champion this year, after he completed the ‘Career Golden Masters’ by winning this title for the very first time last season. Spanish ace Rafael Nadal won this title back in 2013, as he defeated John Isner in the final on that occasion. Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov are the other former champions in this year’s field, winning in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Meanwhile, American ace Andy Roddick was the last male singles player to win this title on home soil, back in 2006.
Last 5 Champions
2018 – Novak Djokovic
2017 – Grigor Dimitrov
2016 – Marin Cilic
2015 – Roger Federer
2014 – Roger Federer
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro recently underwent yet another surgery, and so he’s unlikely to feature for at least a couple of months yet. Kevin Anderson’s season continues to go from bad to worse, as he’s forced to withdraw from yet another tournament, while Milos Raonic has also had to withdraw.
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Juan Martin del Potro (12)
Kevin Anderson (14)
Milos Raonic (20)
The big story this week is Andy Murray’s return to singles action. The former world number one hasn’t played a singles match since the Australian Open back in January, but he’s been regaining his match fitness over the last couple of months by playing doubles. Murray actually has a good record here, winning this title back in 2008 and 2011. The realistic target for Murray this week is to get through the tournament unscathed, but with the talent he possesses, could he possibly win this title for a 3rd time?
Novak Djokovic is the defending champion this week, after he won this title for the first time last season. The Serbian ace is coming here fresh off the back of winning his 16th grand slam title at Wimbledon, while he’s already won a Masters title this season in Madrid. However, Djokovic struggled at the two hard court Masters events earlier this season, and it will be interesting to see where his intensity levels are at.
Roger Federer will play for the first time since suffering that heart-breaking defeat in the Wimbledon final, and it will be interesting to see how Federer bounces back. Federer has won this title seven times throughout his career, while he’s reached at least the final here on four of his last five appearances. The big question surrounding Federer this week is where he’s at mentally coming in here, but if he’s at it, he might just well be the man to beat.
2013 champion Rafael Nadal is the only member of the ‘Big Three’ to have played in Montreal this past week, and the Spaniard currently finds himself in the semi-final there. Nadal is in great form right now, and he’s been drawn in the better half of the draw this week. However, Nadal withdrew from this tournament last season at the last minute, after he won the title in Canada, and so I’d expect something similar this year if he was to reach the final in Montreal. If Rafael Nadal plays this week, he’s the overwhelming favourite to come through the bottom half of the draw, but I have a feeling he might withdraw in the coming days.
Meanwhile, there’s a great chance for someone to come through that bottom half of the draw, and Marin Cilic might be a player to watch out for. The 2016 champion has had a tough season on the whole, but he’s shown some encouraging signs in recent weeks. Cilic produced some good performances in both Washington and Montreal in recent weeks, and he’s been handed a pretty nice draw this week.
Who will claim the 2019 Cincinnati Masters?
Roger Federer has been the most consistent player at this tournament over the years, and he seems to produce his best tennis here. Federer has won this title on seven occasions over the years, while he also reached the final here last season. The Swiss great holds an 84% win-rate here, while he holds an 88.37% win-rate for the season thus far. Federer also holds a 90% win-rate on a hard court this year, the best of anyone in the field, while he’s won his last 7 hard court Masters matches.
Marin Cilic has not had his best season by any accounts, but he’s been showing some promising signs of late. Cilic has picked up 4 hard court victories across Washington and Montreal in the last couple of weeks, while his two defeats at those tournaments could have gone his way. The Croatian ace is also a former champion at this tournament, and that experience could prove be vital for him this week, while he should also feel comfortable here. Cilic is also what appears on paper to be the ‘better half of the draw’, and he’s got to be happy with the draw he’s been handed.