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The Erste Bank Open is one of two ATP 500 events on the tennis betting menu this week.
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev leads a packed draw that includes Top 10 threats such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Taylor Fritz. As well, Americans Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe and Britain’s Cameron Norrie are in the mix.
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Erste Bank Open Top Eight Seeds
- Daniil Medvedev
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Andrey Rublev
- Taylor Fritz
- Hubert Hurkacz,
- Jannik Sinner
- Cameron Norrie
- Matteo Berrettini
Top Half of The Draw
Seeded Players: (1) Daniil Medvedev, (3) Andrey Rublev, (6) Jannik Sinner, (7) Cameron Norrie.
The top half of the draw is stacked with stumbling blocks, and as such, it’s the most wide open half of the Erste Bank Open tournament.
In a perfect world, Medvedev and Sinner will collide in the final eight of the first quarter while Rublev and Norrie will collide in the final eight of the second quarter. However, tennis betting is unpredictable and things rarely go to plan.
Medvedev’s opening match against Nikoloz Basilashvili looks straightforward. But the second round will be a lot harder with home favorite Dominic Thiem or American Tommy Paul looming as a potential R16 opponent.
Sinner opens his tournament against Cristian Garin. Should the Italian overcome the tricky Chilean, he’ll face either Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo or wild card Filip Misolic in the R16.
Rublev will get his tournament underway against veteran Diego Schwartzman. The diminutive Argentine is a potential stumbling block for the Russian and he could burst this section of the draw wide open.
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Winning 6-2 6-3 against Sebastian Korda, Andrey Rublev takes the 12th title of his career. pic.twitter.com/jYlz94Vg73
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Rublev is coming off a title win. It could work one of two ways – he’ll be motivated to continue his run of form this week in Vienna or he’ll be fatigued and suffer an untimely exit.
Should Rublev survive the R32, he’ll face the winner of Grigor Dimitrov and qualifier Thiago Monteiro. Dimitrov is a former Top !0 player. He’s streaky and unpredictable, but on a good day, he can beat anyone.
Norrie seems to have an easy first round matchup – on paper. He opens against lucky loser Pedro Cachin. Should he overcome the Argentine, he’ll take on the winner of Marcos Giron vs Tallon Griekspoor in the R16.
Bottom Half of the Draw
Seeded Players: (2) Stefanos Tsitsipas, (4) Taylor Fritz, (5) Hubert Hurkacz, (8) Matteo Berrettini.
Fritz and Berrettini are cornered in the third quarter while Tstisipas sits adjacent to Hurkacz in the fourth quarter. Should these top seeds live up to their billings, they’ll set up a couple of blockbuster matchups in the quarterfinals.
Fritz leads the way in the third quarter where he’ll open his campaign against Yoshito Nishioka. This is a tough opener as it goes. Nishioka has built a reputation for being a bit of a giant-slayer.
Should Fritz overcome the challenge of the Japanese star, he’ll face the winner of Denis Shapovalov and wild card Jurij Rodionov.
Shapovalov probably represents the biggest threat in this section. The Canadian is in good form and he can shake things up.
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Berrettini will kick start his campaign against Daniel Evans – a match that looks pretty straightforward on paper. Should Berrettini advance as many expect him to, he’ll face American J.J. Wolf or Karen Kachanov.
Hubert Hurkacz probably has the toughest first round match as he takes on Tiafoe in the R32. The American is playing some of his best tennis right now and he’ll be eager to finish his year strong.
Should Hurkacz overcome the American, he’ll face either Lorenzo Sonego or Emil Ruusuvuori in the R16.
Tsitsipas faces wild card Denis Novak in the first round. Should the Greek advance, he’ll face either Quentin Halys or Borna Coric in the R16, the latter of which is probably the tougher prospect.