After the Olympic Tournament excitement, the best players in the world return to action in Cincinnati, the last stop for many of them before the US Open.
Despite Novak Djokovic’s all-time record on Masters 1000 events with 30 titles, the Serbian is still looking for his first trophy in Cincinnati. However, Djokovic decided to withdraw from this event after his disappointing first round loss in Rio de Janeiro against Juan Martin Del Potro.
It has been an impressive summer for Gael Monfils, who is now just one place away from returning to the top 10. Despite being known as one of the biggest entertainers in the game, Gael seems to be a different player in 2016, with his new coach Mikael Tillstrom playing a crucial role on that change. After winning the title in Washington and reaching the semi-finals in Toronto, Monfils is looking for another successful campaign in Cincinnati.
Looking now to Gael’s draw on this event, the French is on the 2nd quarter with Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic as the other two main favourites to reach the semi-finals. Even though Monfils has a negative h2h against these two players, this seems to be a great opportunity for the French to reach his third semi-finals on Masters 1000 events in 2016, with Gael winning the previous encounter against Raonic a couple weeks ago in Toronto, while Thiem is returning to competition after several weeks away due to injury.
Monfils is currently priced at 30.00 at Bet365 to leave Cincinnati with the trophy, which seems to be a valuable price since the French has a good draw to make it into the semi-finals and is playing the best tennis of his career.
Serena Williams is once again the main favourite to lift the trophy in Cincinnati, with the two-time champion requesting a wild card to compete on this event after her disappointing loss at the Olympic Tournament.
After an impressive grass season with one title in Eastbourne and the quarter-finals appearance in Wimbledon, Dominika Cibulkova is trying to extend her good results on Hard Court. Despite Cibulkova’s poor result in Montreal against Eugenie Bouchard, the Slovakian can never be underestimated due to her aggressive game style and terrific ball striking skills.
Dominika is looking for a better performance in Cincinnati this year, after winning only one match on her previous six appearances. Despite that terrible record, Cibulkova has a very good draw to make it into the latest stages of this competition.
Because she is one of the sixteen highest ranked players on this event, Cibulkova only starts her campaign on the second round, where she might face Irina-Camelia Begu. It won’t be an easy debut against a quality player who is currently on her best ranking ever however, Cibulkova’s firepower should be too much for the Romanian to handle.
Belinda Bencic is the highest ranked player that Dominika might face in the 3rd round yet, the last months haven’t been easy for the Suisse with several physical problems and for that reason, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bencic losing on the opening rounds.
A high quality contest is expected in the quarter-finals against the 2016 French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza, who leads by 3 – 0 on the h2h against Cibulkova. However, things haven’t been easy for Garbine since she won Roland Garros and because of that, this is a great opportunity for Dominika to claim her first career victory over the Spaniard.
Dominika’s run might end in the semi-finals against Serena and with that in mind, the highest value is clearly on Cibulkova’s odds to win the 2nd quarter at 6.00 at BetVictor.