Next Generation ATP Finals Betting Tips and Predictions
Next Generation ATP Finals Betting Tips and Predictions, as the most promising youngsters in the sport gather for 2018 tournament. The sports seven best youngsters, aged 21-and-under, are joined by an Italian wildcard to compete at these Next Gen Finals, with all of them looking to end their season’s on a high. The tournament is played on indoor hardcourts, at the Fieramilano in Milan, Italy. This year’s event will be the 2nd edition of the tournament, following last year’s inaugural staging. The event doesn’t offer any ranking points to the players, but they will be competing for a prize fund of almost £1 million. The champion will receive just over £180,000 of the pot, while his share will be increased to approximately £317,000 if he was to go undefeated throughout the tournament. The runner-up, meanwhile, will receive around £100,000 for his efforts. South Korean ace Hyeon Chung was last year’s champion, but the Australian Open semi-finalist was ineligible to defend his title this week, due to his age. In what should be an exciting week of tennis, which of these youngsters will leave their mark on their final tournament of the season?
The field of eight players will be split into two round-robin groups of four, where the top two from both groups will qualify for the semi-finals. The tournament then becomes a straight knock-out from there, where a champion will be crowned on Saturday November 10th. This tournament is known for its innovations and changes to the usual format, and that will once again continue this week. The players will be playing best-of-five sets, where each set is a race to four games and not the usual six. The tiebreak in a set takes place at 3-all, opposed to 6-all, and there will be no-ad scoring during the matches. There will also be a no-let rule throughout the tournament, and so play will continue if a serve clips the next on the way over. The players will be able to receive coaching at certain stages of the matches, although the coaches will not be allowed onto court.
The top seven players from the Emirates ATP Race to Milan qualify from this tournament, while the eighth spot is reserved for an Italian wildcard. Alexander Zverev would’ve been the clear top seed this week, but German has opted to miss this tournament for the second successive year, as he looks to focus on the ATP Tour Finals the following week. Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas is now set to be the top seed this week, after enjoying the best season of his career. Alex De Minaur, Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and last year’s beaten finalist Andrey Rublev have also qualified for the tournament, while Spaniard Jaume Munar sealed the seventh and final automatic qualifying spot. Denis Shapovalov also qualified for the tournament, and the Canadian ace would’ve been the second seed this week. However, Shapovalov has withdrawn prior to the start of the tournament due to exhaustion, and he’s now set to be replaced by Hubert Hurkacz. Meanwhile, Liam Caruana secured the Italian wildcard for the tournament to complete the field.
Alex De Minaur
Stefanos Tsitsipas will come into the tournament as the favourite to win the title this week, and he’s in the just the kind of form to do just that. Tsitsipas was an alternate for the tournament last year, and it just goes to show how much he’s improved this season. The Greek ace has had a fantastic breakthrough year, which was capped off a few weeks ago by winning his first ATP title at the Stockholm Open. Tsitsipas also reached a Masters final earlier in the year at the Canadian Masters, while he also reached the final in Barcelona, losing in both of those matches to Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas has also shot up the rankings, and he’s ended the season as the world number fifteen. It’s been a fantastic year for Tsitsipas, and winning this title would set him up perfectly to push on even more next season.
Australian ace Alex de Minaur will be hoping to make a good impression this week, as he looks to end his season on a high. De Minaur has also been enjoying a good year, and he’ll be confident of his chances over the next few days. The Australian reached his first couple of ATP finals this season, and despite coming out on the losing end of both of those, it will have been a good learning curve for the nineteen-year-old. However, de Minaur’s form has started to tail off a bit in recent weeks, and he’s coming into this tournament having lost his last three matches. Nonetheless, he’s a serious contender for the title this week, and if he can rediscover his best tennis he’s more than capable of walking away with the title. Will de Minaur end his season as the 2018 Next Gen champion?
Andrey Rublev is the only returning player from last year’s inaugural tournament, and the Russian ace will be looking to go one better this week. Rublev was the beaten finalist here twelve months ago, after being edged out by Hyeon Chung in the final. However, Rublev is still only twenty-one-years-old and as such he’s still eligible to compete this year. It’s been a tough year for Rublev on the whole, and he’s coming into this year’s tournament as the world number 68, which is a lot lower than this time twelve months ago. Rublev has only reached the one final this season, and that came at the Qatar Open back in January, a match in which he came out on the losing end of. Rublev is also coming into this tournament having lost in the opening round in seven of his last nine tournaments. Nonetheless, Rublev will be the experienced player this week, having competed here twelve months ago, and that could prove to be a big factor. Can Rublev avenge his final defeat from twelve months ago?
American Frances Tiafoe has impressed this year, and so he’ll be looking for a good run this week. The American ace won his first ATP title at the Delray Beach Open back in February, while he also reached his second ATP final at the Estoril Open in May. Tiafoe also enjoyed his best run at a grand slam event earlier in the year at Wimbledon, where he managed to reach the third round. However, Tiafoe is coming into this tournament having not been past the second round of a tournament since the beginning of August. Nonetheless, Tiafoe is more than capable of beating any one of these players this week, and a title-winning run from him would not come as a surprise. Can Tiafoe go all the way this week?
Taylor Fritz is one of the form players coming into this tournament, and he could be dangerous this week. The American has only ever reached one ATP final, back in 2016, but in recent weeks he’s played some fine tennis. This includes reaching the semi-finals at the Chengdu Open a few weeks back, while last time out he reached the quarter-finals at the Swiss Indoors. Fritz also enjoyed his best ever run at a grand slam event at this year’s US Open, as he managed to reach the third round in New York. Fritz is playing well, but will he have the game to go all the way this week?
Jaume Munar is enjoying the best season of his career, and he’ll be hoping to end it as the Next Gen champ. The Spanish ace has won two Challenger titles this season, while he also enjoyed career best results at all four of the grand slams. This includes reaching the second round at both the French and US Open’s. Munar’s best run on the ATP Tour this season was a semi-final appearance at the Austrian Open, while he’s also up to a new career high of number 79 in the world. Munar is capable of causing some upsets this week, but will his lack of experience on the ATP Tour prove to be his downfall?
Hubert Hurkacz was the beneficiary of Denis Shapovalov pulling out this week, and he’ll be looking to make the most of his opportunity. The Polish ace has enjoyed a good year that has seen him, like Munar, enjoy career best runs at all four of the grand slam events. Hurkacz has also won two Challenger titles this season, with the most recent of those being last week. However, Hurkacz has not produced a really good run at any tournament on the main ATP Tour, and so he might struggle a bit over the next few days. Hurkacz is certainly one of the underdogs this week, but with there being no pressure on him, will he go under the radar to win this title?
Italian ace Liam Caruana won through the Italian qualifiers to qualify for this tournament, and now he’ll be looking to make a big impression. However, this will be completely different from anything he’s ever experienced before, and so it will be interesting to see how he handles it. The Italian has only ever played one match on the ATP Tour, a match he lost, and he’s still yet to feature at a grand slam event. However, Caruana will have the support of the crowd throughout the tournament, and he’ll also have some momentum after winning through the qualifiers. It’s going to be tough for the young Italian, but he could be in for the week of his life if things go well. Will Caruana win the title on home soil?
In what should be an exciting few days of tennis, which of these youngsters will end their season on a high by winning the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals?
Stefanos TsitsipasTo Win Outright
I think the tournament favourite Stefanos Tsitsipas lives up to his billing this week, by winning this title. The Greek ace has played at a much higher level than the rest of the field this season, and he’s enjoyed the best results. Tsitsipas has also just won his first ATP title and so he will still have the confidence after that result, while he’ll also want to end the season on a high. It won’t be easy, however, and he’ll have to produce his best game this week if he’s to walk away with the title. Nonetheless, Tsitsipas is the best player in the field and he’s in good form right now, and for those reasons I have to back him to walk away as the 2018 Next Gen champion.
Andrey Rublev Each WayTo Win Outright
The experience of Andrey Rublev could be massive this week, and I personally think it will be. The Russian ace has had a tough year for the most part, but before some injuries he was playing some great tennis and I think he will rediscover that this week. Rublev will also be used to all the rule changes that are a part of this tournament, while it might be unusual for some of the other players in this year’s field. Rublev was the finalist here last year, and so he knows what it takes to get results here, and I think he finds a way to do so again this year. I think Rublev is in for a great week to end his season, and it could even result in him lifting this title.