Massive day yesterday with 3/3 bets saluting! Some big names will hit the court for the first time at Shanghai today, and they feature in my best.
Juan Martin Del Potro 2-0 @ $1.88
With Djokovic, the big Argentine would have to be one of the form players on tour. After going down in the US Open Final, he returned last week in the China Open where he reached the Final without dropping a set, before going down to giant-killer Nikoloz Basilashvili. He faces Richard Gasquet who has also found some form of late, but the veteran Frenchman has played a lot of matches lately reaching the Semi Final of the Japan Open last week as well as a first round three-setter yesterday at Shanghai. Del Potro holds an imposing record against Gasquet, and he’ll win this in straight sets.
Roger Federer (-3.5) @ $1.76
Federer’s first tournament since the shock exit at the US Open, he comes up against big Russian Daniil Medvedev who is coming off a win at the Japan Open last week. The big serving 22-year-old is making a huge charge up the rankings slightly outside the top 20, but we saw signs of fatigue in his first-round match-up with little known Zhang Ze scraping through in three tight sets. He’ll need to be on his game just to compete with Federer, who returned to his winning ways at the Laver Cup. Expect the fresh Federer to be far too strong for a tiring Medvedev who has had a fantastic 6 weeks.
Mackenzie McDonald (+4.0) @ $1.80
McDonald’s certainly not a household name, but a huge first round win here against Milos Raonic has him well placed against Roberto Bautista Agut. The Spaniard is returning from injury across the last month, which resulted in him exiting the US Open in the first round. He did reach the Semi-Final at St Petersburg, but didn’t have any significant wins of note and his first round win at Shanghai was against out of sorts youngster Andrey Rublev. I expect the American to make this competitive, taking a set or even defeating Bautista Agut at the head to head price of $3.25, but confident that McDonald will be within the four game line.