2018 Shanghai Masters Betting Tips and Predictions
2018 Shanghai Masters Betting Tips and Predictions, as the ATP World Tour hits the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Shanghai, China, for the penultimate Masters 1000 event of the season. The Shanghai Masters is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series and it is played on outdoor hard courts. This year’s tournament will be the 10th edition of the event and it’s set to feature a fifty-eight-man field. The players will be competing for a prize fund of over £5 million, with the winner’s share of that in the region of £1 million. The 2017 tournament saw Roger Federer win this title for the second time, after he beat rival Rafael Nadal in straight-sets. In the only Masters event to take place off of European and North American soil, who will come out on top and claim the 2018 Shanghai Masters title?
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic hold the record for most titles won at this tournament, with both having won this title three times each over the years. Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray won his three titles in 2010, 2011 and 2016. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic won his three titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The Serbian ace will be the favourite to win it for a fourth time this week, following a summer that has seen the former world number one win a host of big titles. The defending champion Roger Federer is the only other former champion of this event in this year’s field, with the Swiss ace having won this title on two occasions over the years. Federer first won this title back in 2014, courtesy of victory over Gilles Simon in the final. The Swiss ace also won this title in the before mentioned final last year. The now retired Nikolay Davydenko is the only other former winner of this event, after he won the title in 2009 its inaugural year. Will we see a new champion crowned in Shanghai, or can either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic win this title yet again?
Last 5 Champions
2017 – Roger Federer
2016 – Andy Murray
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Roger Federer
2013 – Novak Djokovic
World number one and last year’s beaten finalist Rafael Nadal will be missing this week. The Spaniard picked up a knee injury during the US Open that will keep him out until at least the Paris Masters in a month’s time. Miami Open champion John Isner has withdrawn this week, and he is set to miss this tournament for the first time since 2011, while last year’s quarter-finalist Grigor Dimitrov is also set to be absent this week. David Goffin picked up an injury recently and he’s been forced to pull out of this tournament, after he was also forced to also pull out of the Japan Open. Meanwhile, Fabio Fognini has had to pull out of the tournament with an injury that forced him out of his China Open semi-final with Juan Martin del Potro. Former three-time champion Andy Murray is also absent this week, as the former world number one decided to end his season early and focus on being in the best possible shape for the new year. In an extremely strong field, who will come through the pack to claim the title in Shanghai?
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Rafael Nadal (1)
Grigor Dimitrov (9)
John Isner (10)
David Goffin (11)
Fabio Fognini (13)
Lucas Pouille (18)
Fernando Verdasco (30)
Andy Murray (260)
US Open champion Novak Djokovic will be the favourite for the title this week, after the Serbian ace won the US Open title last time out in New York. It was a difficult start to the season for Djokovic, but over the summer he rediscovered his best game and he’s enjoyed an incredible few months. This includes winning the last two grand slam titles, at Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as becoming the first man to complete the ‘Career Golden Masters’ by winning the Cincinnati Masters in August. The Serbian ace is also back up to number three in the world, and he now has an excellent chance of finishing the year as the world number one, following Rafael Nadal’s recent injury problems. The fourteen-time grand slam champion is also no stranger to winning this title, having won it on three occasions in the past, and he’s also looking to hunt Rafael Nadal’s Masters record down. Djokovic has won 31 Masters titles, compared to Nadal’s 33, and so he’ll be looking to move to within one of Nadal with success here. Can Novak Djokovic win a 32nd Masters title this week?
Roger Federer is the defending champion this week, and the Swiss ace will be hoping to make it a successful defence of his title. The world number two’s last tournament was the US Open last month, where he was stunned by Australian John Millman in the fourth round. The twenty-time grand slam champion hasn’t looked at his best for a few months now, but he’s still one of the very best around. Federer won his 20th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January, while he’s also won a couple of other titles this season. However, Federer has been overshadowed by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in recent months, and so he’ll be looking to put out a statement of intent by winning this tournament and letting everyone else know he’s still here. Can Federer successfully defend his title to win his 3rd Shanghai Masters title?
The ‘Gentile Giant’ Juan Martin del Potro is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, and he’ll be hoping there’s more success on the way. The Argentine currently finds himself up at number four in the world, while he also managed to win his first Masters title earlier in the year, courtesy of his victory over Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final. Delpo also reached the second grand slam final of his career at the US Open last month, while he currently finds himself in the final of the China Open, where he’s set to take on Nikoloz Basilashvili for the title. If Delpo comes here as the China Open champion, he’ll be full of confidence and full of momentum for this tournament, something that would make him extremely difficult to beat here. The Argentine has also reached a final here in the past, back in 2013, and so he’s more than capable of having a run this week. Can del Potro make amends for his final defeat here in 2013 by claiming the top prize in 2018?
Kei Nishikori is one of the form players in world tennis right now, and he’s definitely a possible champion this week. The Japanese ace has reached a string of semi-finals in recent tournaments, including at the US Open last month, while he also currently finds himself in the final of his home tournament, the Japan Open. If Nishikori comes here as the Japan Open champion he’ll be even more difficult to beat, and it’s certainly a possibility. Nishikori hasn’t played here for one reason or another since 2015, but he has managed to reach a semi-final here in the past. This came back in 2011, and so the Japanese ace will be confident of his chances of enjoying a good run here. Can Nishikori win a 1st Masters title at the 2018 Shanghai Masters?
German ace Alexander Zverev will be disappointed with his showing at the China Open, and it’s difficult to gage where his game’s at right now. The German ace is, however, capable of turning it on at any tournament, and so that always makes him a leading contender at these Masters events. Zverev has won three Masters titles over the last two seasons, with the most recent of those being earlier this year at the Madrid Masters. However, since winning the Citi Open title in August, Zverev’s levels have dropped and he’ll need to pick up his game as we enter the final few weeks of the season. Can Zverev rediscover his best tennis to win a 4th career Masters title?
South African Kevin Anderson doesn’t have particularly good record at this event, something he’ll be looking to put right this week. Anderson has only been past the second round here once, back in 2015 when he reached the quarter-finals. The South African is, however, playing the tennis of his life right now, and I fancy his chances of reaching at least the quarter-finals this week. Anderson was unlucky in Japan this past week, losing out in a close quarter-final, and I think he’ll be a threat this week. Anderson reached the final at Wimbledon back in July, while he’s also gone deep in a number of other tournaments recently. Can Anderson win his 1st Masters title this week?
Stan Wawrinka has been showing positive signs in recent months, and he’ll come here more confident than he would’ve earlier in the season. While Stan has been playing better tennis of late, the Swiss ace is still yet to rediscover any kind of consistency, and so while he’s capable of beating anyone right now, he’s also capable of losing to anyone right now. This hasn’t been Wawrinka’s best tournament over the years, and he’s only reached the quarter-finals twice here throughout his career. Wawrinka’s chances rest on which version of him shows up, but he’s definitely a possible champion this week. Milos Raonic, meanwhile, is also struggling for consistency right now. The former Wimbledon champion is more than capable of going far this week, but he’s also capable of losing in the first round. Raonic has also struggled here in the past, and he’s never been past the 3rd round here. Can the Canadian finally bring his best tennis to Shanghai?
Marin Cilic reached the semi-finals here last season, and the former US Open champion will be looking to better that this week. It’s been an up-and-down season for Cilic, but he’ll still come here amongst the favourites for the title. However, Cilic has only ever won one Masters title in his career, the 2016 Cincinnati Masters, and that’s actually his only Masters final appearance to date. Cilic was also beaten in the opening round of the Japan Open last week, and so he’s not coming here in any kind of form. The thing with Cilic is he’s capable of a big run out of nowhere, proven by his run to the Australian Open final at the start of the year, and so count him out at your peril. If Cilic plays his best tennis this week, he’ll be very difficult to beat, but will he be able to do so and win a 2nd title of the season?
Nikoloz Basilashvili and Daniil Medvedev are two dark horses this week, with both enjoying good runs this past week. Basilashvili currently finds himself in the final of the China Open, where he’s set to take on Juan Martin del Potro, while Medvedev is set to take on Kei Nishikori in the final of the Japan Open on the same day. These two are both also enjoying the best seasons of their careers, with them both winning their first titles on the ATP Tour. While Medvedev has won two 250 events this season, Basilashvili managed to win the German Open during the summer, an event that is part of the ATP World Tour 500 series. These two could be dangerous this week, and who knows, maybe one of them could walk away as the champion.
Dominic Thiem is a form player right now, after he was victorious at the St. Petersburg Open last time out. The Austrian ace also produced some excellent level of tennis at the US Open, where he was involved in a five-set epic against Rafael Nadal, and he’s finally starting to show signs of producing some of his best tennis on a hardcourt. However, Thiem has an extremely poor record here, and the French Open finalist has never actually been past the second round at this tournament. Thiem has never been in this kind of form heading into this tournament, however, and so he’ll fancy his chances of finally enjoying a good run here. In what looks to be an excellent field, who will come out on top to win the 2018 Shanghai Masters?
Novak DjokovicTo Win Outright
I can’t bet against Novak Djokovic right now; the man is playing the best tennis in the world. It’s been an incredible run for the Serbian, which has seen him win three of his last four tournaments. This includes winning the last two grand slams, and the last Masters tournament in Cincinnati. Djokovic has also won 22 of his last 23 matches, including winning his last 13 matches in a row. The Serbian ace also knows what it takes to win this title, having won it on three previous occasions. Djokovic will also have the added motivation of trying to finish the season as the Year-End number one, and his chances of achieving that have been boosted by Nadal’s current injury problems. I think this title is Djokovic’s to lose this week, and I don’t think he will lose it. I think Djokovic wins a record-breaking 4th Shanghai Masters title.
Juan Martin del Potro Each WayTo Win Outright
Juan Martin del Potro is in great form right now, and I think he sets-up a rematch of the recent US Open final by winning through the top half of the draw. The Argentine has reached the final of his last two tournaments and he could be coming here as the China Open champion. The Argentine also has the experience of reaching a final here in the past, thanks to his run in 2013, and so I think he’ll be confident all week. The Argentine doesn’t have an easy draw this week, but I think he’ll be happy to get challenged, as we near the ATP Finals at the end of the season. I think Juan Martin del Potro reaches a 3rd successive final, and then he’ll be extremely confident of winning a 2nd Masters title of the year.