• Chris Sobey


At the time of writing top-seed and defending champion Nadal wasted no time in the continuation of writing his remarkable tennis legacy by storming to the Montreal Masters 1000 Series final without dropping a set and he was due to face Russian eighth seed Medvedev who was contesting his first ATP Tour Masters 1000 Series final, which will surely be the first of many to come.

On to this week’s ATP action and there are back-to-back Masters 1000 Series tournaments this month with the Cincinnati Masters 1000 Series in Cincinnati, Ohio USA following Montreal. Defending champion and top-seed Djokovic returns to the ATP Tour for the first time since winning Wimbledon as does third seed Federer, who has won this tournament seven times and will go for an unprecedented eight title this week.

The majority of last weeks seeded players at Montreal will also be taking part this week with the likes of one-time Cincinnati champion and second seed Nadal, who was due to defend his Montreal at the time of writing, fourth seed Thiem, fifth seed Alexander Zverev, sixth seed Tsitsipas, seventh seed Nishikori, eighth seed Khachanov, ninth seed and Montreal finalist Medvedev and tenth seed Fognini all adding further quality to what looks like a competitive field.

The top two seeds have experienced mixed fortunes at Cincinnati over the last decade; the top seed won two of the last ten titles (last Federer 2012) and they were a losing finalist three times during this period (last Murray 2016). The second seeds record is like the top seeds over the last decade and they won two of the last ten titles (last Federer 2015) and they were a losing finalist twice during this period (Last Federer 2018).

Seeded players have a very strong record at Cincinnati and a player seeded no higher than twelve won the last ten titles and a player seeded no higher than six was a losing finalist six of the last ten finals (last Djokovic 2018). Unseeded players have experienced limited success at Cincinnati having never won the title over the last decade and they were a losing finalist three times during this period (last Kyrgios 2017)

From a betting perspective past statistics suggest seeded players no higher than twelve have the best chance of winning the title and/or reaching the final and as Kyrgios proved here in 2017 and Isner in 2013 it’s worth considering an in-form unseeded player or two at decent odds as part of the betting strategy. To find out who i’m tipping to win Cincinnati this week please select one of the PayPal buttons on blog home page.

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