The Western and Southern Open is the second straight ATP Masters 1000 event on the US Open series calendar and the final major stop for players to hone their game before the 2022 US Open later this month.
World No. 1 and 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev leads the charge in the draw. He’s joined by 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, teenage phenom Carlos Alcaraz and top threats such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, and Jannik Sinner.
Elsewhere, Taylor Fritz leads an American contingent that includes Sebastian Korda and Tommy Paul.
If you love tennis, then you’ll really love BetUS where all your tennis betting thrills are covered. In this column, we take an in-depth look at the ATP Cincinnati Masters draw and highlight some of the favorites, middleweights, and longshots. As well, we’ll check the latest Tennis news, stats, injury reports, and Tennis odds for the Western and Southern Open and provide insight that will be helpful towards any Tennis picks and predictions you might consider.
ATP Cincinnati Outrights at BetUS
- Daniil Medvedev +350
- Rafael Nadal +400
- Carlos Alcaraz +600
- Nick Kyrgios +700
- Jannik Sinner +1400
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +1800
- Matteo Berrettini +2200
- Felix Auger Aliassime +2800
- Taylor Fritz +2800
- Hubert Hurkacz +2800
- Cameron Norrie +2800
- Andrey Rublev +2800
- Casper Ruud +2800
- Alex De Minaur +3000
- Pablo Carreno Busta +4000
- Roberto Bautista Agut +5000
- Marin Cilic +5000
- Grigor Dimitrov +5000
- Daniel Evans +5000
- Karen Khachanov +5000
- Sebastian Korda +5000
- Andy Murray +5000
- Brandon Nakashima +6500
- Tommy Paul +6500
- Emil Ruusuvuori +6500
- Denis Shapovalov +6500
- Frances Tiafoe +6500
- Jenson Brooksby +8000
- Maxime Cressy +10000
- John Isner +10000
- Miomir Kecmanovic +10000
- Diego Schwartzman +10000
- Botic Van De Zandschulp +10000
Top Favorite Medvedev +350
All eyes will be on Medvedev, a former champion in Cincinnati (2019), this week. Obviously, the Russian will be keen to get his game polished before he heads to Flushing Meadows, where he’ll face the pressure of defending a Grand Slam title for the first time. However, he’s got more pressing concerns in Cincy. That’s keeping his World No. 1 ranking out of Rafael Nadal’s grasp.
Nadal could potentially usurp Medvedev at No. 1 if the Spaniard wins the title and Medvedev falls before the quarterfinals. The importance of the No. 1 ranking can’t be overstated as it would impact the upcoming US Open draw.
Medvedev comes into Cincy following an untimely exit in Montreal after losing his tournament opener to Nick Kyrgios. (Coincidentally, he could face Kyrgios again but not before the quarterfinals.)
The Western and Southern Open draw hasn’t been kind to Medvedev as he’s set to open his campaign against the winner of Botic Van de Zandeschulp vs Maxime Cressy. Both are dangerous floaters and potential stumbling blocks.
Should he pass the test of his second-round opponent, Medvedev could face one of a couple of Americans – Jensen Brooksby or Paul – and/or Canadian Denis Shapovalov or veteran Grigor Dimitrov in the R16.
Of this foursome, Paul might be the trickiest. The American is coming off a quarterfinal appearance in Canada and with home advantage this week, he’ll be the crowd favorite if not the betting online favorite.
In the quarters, things would get really tough for the Russian as the possible challengers include Kyrgios, American Fritz, compatriot Andrey Rublev and/or Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina.
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Nadal Is Second Favorite at +400
Nadal will be playing his first tournament since he was forced to withdraw from the Wimbledon Championships semifinals with an abdominal injury. Despite having missed almost a month and a half, he’s in a position to overtake the World No.1 ranking this week, should he win the title.
The 36-year-old enters the tournament as the second seed. He headlines the second half of the draw, which includes third seed Alcaraz and fifth seed Ruud.
The fourth quarter which is Nadal’s immediate section is flanked by seventh seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Should the draw fall in line with the seeding, Nadal could face Auger-Aliassime in the quarters. Other potential quarterfinalists that could be tricky are Jannik Sinner or Pablo Carreno Busta – the latter is coming of a title win in Montreal, coming from behind to defeat Hurkacz in three sets.
Before Nadal can look that far ahead, he must contend with some early challengers such as Borna Coric or a slew of qualifiers. Should he survive the R32, he could face dangerous floaters such as Francisco Cerendolo or Roberto Bautista Agut, among several others.`
Legitimate Contenders: Alcaraz & Kyrgios
Kyrgios is having a spectacular summer on both sides of the pond. The Aussie had a great grass-court swing that was capped off with runner-up finish at the Wimbledon Championships. He then carried the momentum to the States, where he’s so far picked up the Citi Open title in Washington and reached the quarterfinals of the ATP Montreal Masters.
Kyrgios falls into the first quarter of the draw, where he could face Medvedev in the final eight. To get to quarters though, he would need to overcome Davidovich-Fokina in the first round. Then he could face Fritz or Sebastian Baez in the R32 and potentially Rublev in the R16.
Alcaraz enters the Cincy draw as the third seed and he falls into the third quarter of the draw which is flanked by fifth seed Ruud.
Alcaraz will open his tournament against the winner of Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Mackenzie McDonald. Should he overcome his R32 match, he could take on either American wild card J.J. Wolf, Emil Ruusuvuori, a qualifier, or Marin Cilic in the R16.
The quarterfinals could see Alcaraz take on Ruud. However, should the Norwegian falter in the earlier rounds, the options include veterans Cameron Norrie, Marin Cilic, Andy Murray, and Stanislas Wawrinka along with young up-and-comer Holger Rune and American wild card Ben Shelton, to name a few.
Fritz and Tiafoe Flying American Flag
If Fritz could defy the tennis odds earlier this year to win the Indian Wells Masters, then he should fancy his chances in Cincy even if the oddsmakers aren’t putting much stock in his campaign.
The reason is a tough draw. Fritz is in the first quarter, which includes Medvedev and Kyrgios, two of the top betting favorites at the sportsbook exchange.
Tiafoe is a longshot bet thanks to drawing Matteo Berrettini in the first round. The Italian looms large in the second quarter of the draw and presents a tough opening test for the American.
Should Tiafoe overcome Berrettini, he could face either compatriot Sebastian Korda or Karen Khachanov in the R32. After those first two rounds, a date with Hurkacz, John Isner, or Benjamin Bonzi could be on the cards in the R16. This is a tough section for Tiafoe and one he’ll be hard-pressed to navigate even if home advantage.