Are we in for another classic in the heated rivalry between Stefanos Tsitsipas and arch-nemesis Daniil Medvedev?
<div><h2><b>Stefanos Tsitsipas(6) vs. Daniil Medvedev(3)</b></h2><p><strong>Saturday, October 12, Shanghai</strong><br /><br />Stefanos Tsitsipas has truly found his best tennis when it really mattered down this intense last stretch in the Race to London. After struggling badly losing in his opening match in 6/8 tournaments post Roland Garros, the 21-year old rediscovered form in Beijing where he made the final. That strong form has carried on into Shanghai, and the Greek is yet again carrying himself like the top 5 player he is when on song. While slightly labouring to get through his first two matches against Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz, today was an incredibe display of tennis masterclass. A matchup against the mighty Novak Djokovic, who had looked in scintillating form as of late looked a mountain to climb, especially after going a set down. From that position in a Masters 1000 quarterfinal, the world no. 1 had only once lost in 55 attempts: Against Thomas Berdych six years ago in Rome. But the Greek would respond excellently, hitting the zone and not yielding anything to the Serb. Most impressive was the performance behind serve, as Tsitsipas would not face a single breakpoint after the only one faced in the first set, and closed out proceedings 7-5, 6-3 to also qualify for London.<br /><br />Another one playing his best tennis at the moment would be the Greek´s opponent in this one, Daniill Medvedev. The Russian has been on a breathtaking run over the last two months, making not one, not two, but <b><i>five consecutive ATP finals</i></b>. Titlist on three occasions, doubting the 23-year old´s fitness has become commonplace, but the "Machine" simply does not run out of steam. Coming off the St. Petersburg title, this looked a fairly tough section of the draw for Medvedev. The world no. 4 had no problems dispatching the tricky lefty Cameron Norrie for the loss of just four games however. Despite looking quite vulnerable indeed on serve against Vasek Pospisil, with the Canadian failing to serve out the first set and squandering 3 set points and a 3-0 tiebreak lead - Daniil would prevail in straight sets. Against what looked a tough proposition facing in-form Fabio Fognini, the Russian took the racquet out of the Italian´s hands. Producing a 77% first serve percentage, Medvedev was clinical and won a whopping 91% of points behind that delivery enroute to a 6-3, 7-6 victory.<br /><br />This is set up to be a thrilling encounter between two of the most talented young stars on tour, ranked 7th and 4th on tour respectively. Even more so as this is a heated rivalry, with both players loathing each other. It all started back in Miami 2018 when Tsitsipas called Medvedev a "Bullsh*t Russian", which is quite bizarre indeed as that´s where his own mother stems from. This erupted into a big argument where the Russian responded with "He's a small kid who doesn't know how to fight.". While we haven´t seen as heated discussions since then, and the pair actually shared a flight with the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios post Washington this year, make no mistake. Nothing would please either player more than winning this one.<br /><br />It´s Medvedev who has some serious real eastate in the Greek´s head, prevailing in all four H2H matches. Tsitsipas just hasn´t been able to find a way through the stubborn defenses of the Russian, who refuses to yield even a single point for free. Can the Greek find a way to victory in this one? After defeating Djokovic, there may well be an emotional hangover. But currently in the zone just like his opponent, the world no. 7 will fancy his chances. Both men are exceptional behind their own serve, holding at over an 84% clip for the year, and have protected their serves well in these fast conditions. No H2H matchup has gone in straight sets, with all three set meetings going the distance, and last year´s US Open meeting taking for sets to decide. With not much between these two men right now, expect a repeat of earlier head to head matchups. The over 2.5 sets at 2.50 being offered at Bet365 appeal at the prices, and we´ll make our investment there.<br /><br /><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best bet: Over 2.5 sets at 2.50 (3/2) with [Bet365] 1.5u</strong></em></a></p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0003/1348572/WHC_27064_Updated-In-Play-Tennis-Insurance_1280x480NEW.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><b>Ons Jabeur vs. Rebecca Peterson</b></h2><p><strong>Saturday, October 12, Tianjin</strong><br /><br />Ons Jabeur is a record breaker. Recently breaking fellow countrywoman Selima Sfar´s record ranking, the Tunisian is now the highest ranked Arabic Woman ever. Acting as a role model for African and Arabic youngsters alike, Jabeur lives to inspire:<br /><br />"I wish to give them a good example to pursue their dreams," Jabeur said. "I hope I can show them it's not really impossible to be a professional tennis player."<br /><br />It´s been a tough year for Jabeur though, struggling for fitness with a right shoulder injury, and for form. Only on two occasions has she won back-to-back main draw matches, in Eastbourne making a semifinal and in making the third round of the US Open. The 25-year old is a skilled player on all surfaces, and possesses a phenomenal weapon in her huge forehand. Protecting her weaker backhand wing is imperative however, and an area to exploit. Coming through as an underdog against both Brady and now Putinseva last time out will certainly boost the world no. 61´s confidence. The latest affair was a messy one however, Jabeur dropping a 4-1 double break advantage to almost lose the first set, to then pull the same move on the Kazakh in the second. It wasn´t a dominant win by any means, but the Tunisian got it done in straight tiebreaks. Great timing for Jabeur, who has a boatload of finalist points from Moscow to defend next year.<br /><br />She´ll need her very best tennis in this one, matching up against the in-form Rebecca Peterson. The Swede´s career year has seen her improve by leaps and bounds to surge to a ranking of world no. 59. Her best results thus far have come on hard court, qualifying to make the Cincinnati Last 16 and winning a maiden WTA level title in Nanchang. Peterson is poised, possesses great footwork and is a consistent ballstriker off both wings. It´s been a tough journey to get to this semifinal, battling through a resurgent Venus Williams, and most recently home hope Wang Yafan, both in three sets. In what was a poor start against the world no. 47, Peterson´s forehand malfunctioned enroute to a 6-7(5) first set. By gritting her teeth and working hard, the 24-year old managed to outlast her faltering opponent from a set and a break down in a 2hr44m comeback win.<br /><br />This could be a good matchup for Peterson, who has the type of stability from the baseline required to move the powerful Ons Jabeur around the court. Keeping that lethal forehand out of play will be the primary focus, and that might be easier said than done though, with the Tunisian smashing down 28 forehand winners agaisnt the crafty Putinseva. The Swede plays with more power than the Kazakh however, and that added tempo and speed to her groundstrokes will give Jabeur little time to react. In the pair´s lone H2H matchup a year ago on the red dirt, Peterson prevailed in two straightforward sets. Since then, the 24- year old has only improved. I expect Peterson to be too solid from the baseline and rob Jabeur of the time she needs to execute her best tennis. The Swede appeals to make the final, and with the -2.5 games paying a fine 1.91 with Pinnacle, we will invest.<br /><br /><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><strong><em>Best bet: Peterson -2.5 games at 1.91 (91/100) with [Pinnacle] 1.5u</em></strong></a></p><h2> </h2><p> </p></div>