Rotterdam Open Tennis Betting Tips & Predictions
The ATP World Tour 500 Series gets underway this week as some of the world’s top players gather in Rotterdam for the Rotterdam Open. This year’s tournament has been handed the additional boost of Roger Federer’s late decision to take part, as the world number two looks to return to the top spot in the rankings. Rafael Nadal, the current world number one, is not competing this week and so a semi-final run or better for Federer will see the thirty-six-year-old leave as the new world number one. The 2018 Rotterdam Open will be the 45th edition of the tournament that is played on indoor hard courts. The total prize pot for the tournament will be roughly £1.5 million, with the winner of the men’s event receiving just over £300,000. Who will leave Rotterdam as the champion?
American legend Arthur Ashe holds the record for most titles won here with three, with the American claiming the title in three of the first four years. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed the title last year, seeing off Belgian David Goffin in three-sets in the final, but he will be unable to defend his title after withdrawing. Roger Federer is a two-time champ here after claiming the title in 2005 and 2012, while fellow Swiss ace Stan Wawrinka will be looking to win this title again following his 2015 triumph. Czech ace Tomas Berdych will be looking to win this title for the second time after claiming the title in 2014, while 2016 champion Martin Klizan had to make it through the qualifiers just to reach the main draw this year. Will we see a new champion be crowned, or will a former champion taste success again in the Netherlands?
Last 5 Champions
2017 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2016 – Martin Klizan
2015 – Stan Wawrinka
2014 – Tomas Berdych
2013 – Juan Martin del Potro
Roger Federer will have his sights firmly set on leaving Rotterdam as the new world number one, and you wouldn’t bet against him doing so. The world number two will be the clear favourite to win this title for a third time, which would continue his unbeaten run at the start of this year. The Swiss ace is yet to taste defeat this calendar year, after retaining his Australian Open title and leading Switzerland to the Hopman Cup at the start of the year. The twenty-time grand slam champion needs to reach the semi-finals here to replace Rafael Nadal as the new world number one, a feat which would also see him become the oldest men’s number one in history. Federer is playing fantastic tennis right now and it’s incredibly difficult to envisage him losing, but he can’t afford to let complacency creep into his game. The two-time champion is making his first appearance here since his quarter-finals defeat to Julien Benneteau in 2013, and he’ll be looking to make it a record-equalling third Rotterdam Open title in the process. Can Federer claim his second title of the season and return to world number one?
World number four Grigor Dimitrov reached the quarter-finals here twelve months ago, something the Bulgarian ace will be looking to improve on this time out. The ATP Finals champion has enjoyed a very successful twelve months that has seen him reach a career high number three in the world, as well as winning the biggest title of his career by claiming the ATP Finals crown in November. Dimitrov has finally started to deliver on all the promise he has showed and now he’s being considered one of the favourites for every tournament he enters. The twenty-six-year-old has made a solid start to this season by reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane and reaching the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. However, Dimitrov will be of the belief that he should be winning every tournament he enters and so this week will be no different. Can Dimitrov claim his first title of the season here in Rotterdam?
2015 champion Stan Wawrinka continues his bid to return to full fitness with an appearance here, as he looks to put his injury troubles of 2017 behind him. Wawrinka has struggled so far this season on the back of a prolonged rest at the end of 2017. However, the three-time grand slam champion reached the semi-finals at the recent Sofia Open which should give him a welcome confidence boost heading into this tournament. Wawrinka is making his first appearance here since he claimed the title in 2015 and so he’ll be looking to impress on his return to Rotterdam. Despite Wawrinka’s slow start to the season you can’t rule him out of winning this title again because when he’s on form he’s one of the best players in the world. Can Wawrinka claim a first title since May and win here again?
German ace Alexander Zverev will be looking to kick start his season with a good run here, as the youngster looks to put a disappointing Australian Open behind him. Zverev was expected to finally have a breakthrough run in Melbourne, but instead he suffered an early third round exit to Next Gen star Hyeon Chung. Zverev is set to make his fourth appearance at this tournament, but he’ll be looking to greatly improve on his previous appearances here. Zverev’s best run here is a quarter-final appearance, while he was beaten in the first round twelve months ago. Former champion Tomas Berdych has made a good start to the season by the reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals and he’ll firmly have his sights on winning this title for the second time. The Czech ace won this title with a straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic in 2014, while he reached the semi-finals on his last appearance here twelve months ago. Berdych also reached the final in 2015, so he obviously likes playing here and now he’s beginning to recapture his best tennis he’ll definitely be one to watch this week.
David Goffin will be looking to go one step further than twelve months ago and win this title. The world number seven was beaten in the final in three-sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga twelve months ago, and so he’ll be desperate to make amends this time around. Goffin hasn’t enjoyed the best start to the season and suffered a hugely disappointing second round exit at the Australian Open last month. This will only have motivated Goffin and you wouldn’t put it past him having a good run this week. Meanwhile home favourite Robin Haase will be looking to become the first Dutch winner since Jan Siemerink won this title in 1998. The Dutch star has previously enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals here, beating Andy Murray along the way, and so he’ll be looking for something similar this week. Haase is playing some of the tennis of his life right now and a good run here is not out of the cards. Who will produce the best tennis during the week to leave as the 2018 Rotterdam Open champion?
Roger Federer is in irresistible form right now and I just can’t go against him. The Swiss ace is coming into this tournament on the back of claiming a historic twentieth grand slam title at the Australian Open last month and so he’ll be full of confidence. Federer also now has the added incentive of becoming the world number one, following a stellar last thirteen months or so. The thirty-six-year-old knows he needs to reach the semi-finals or better to dethrone Rafael Nadal as the world number one, something he’ll be more than confident of achieving. Roger Federer has also tasted success here in the past on multiple occasions and so he has the experience of winning here. Federer can make it a hat trick of Rotterdam Open titles this week, but will he be able to handle the pressure on him to once again reach number one in the rankings?
Tomas Berdych Each-Way
I liked the way Tomas Berdych performed at the Australian Open and I feel like he’s in for a good run this week. The Czech ace has been handed as good as draw as he could have hoped for if he was to reach the final and so he’ll feel confident of having a good run. Berdych has the experience of winning here following his triumph in 2014 and now he seems to be rediscovering some of that form following an injury-hit 2017 season. Berdych seems to perform well here when he competes and on his day he is more than capable of beating anyone in the world. I think Berdych is going to be in for a successful week here that could culminate in him winning his second Rotterdam Open title.