2021 Western & Southern Open: Cincinnati Masters Betting Tips & Predictions (August 16-22)
The 2021 Cincinnati Masters, known now as the Western and Southern Open for sponsorship reasons, resumes its 120th edition on the 16th of August this year.
The inaugural tournament, held way back in 1899, was won by Nat Emerson. Until 1960, when Ecuadorian player Miguel Olvera lifted the trophy, the event’s final only involved Americans. Novak Djokovic won the tournament last year and entered this one as one of the favorites, but his withdrawal has shaken things up dramatically. The ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati odds are now live on online tennis betting sites. Let’s head straight to the event analysis and take a look at the top picks from this year’s tournament.
2021 ATP Cincinnati Tennis Odds
Online tennis bookmakers considered Novak Djokovic the favorite to win back-to-back Cincinnati Masters titles. However, since his withdrawal, it is widely believed that world number 2 Daniil Medvedev enters the tournament as the man to bet on.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal, and Alexander Zverev make up the rest of the top 5 and will be hot on Medvedev’s heels.
The stats back Medvedev’s tag as favorite to win the competition. The 25-year-old Russian is enjoying a career-high ranking and aims to become the best player in the world when he hits his prime. A disappointing Olympic campaign where he lost to Pablo Carreño Busta in the Quarter-Final stage. He would be fully focused on making amends in this competition.
Top 3 Picks at the 2021 Cincinnati Masters
As previously mentioned, the bookmakers’ favorite is indeed the safest player to bet on. After winning the Mallorca Championship, Medvedev faced tremendous disappointment at Wimbledon, losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round. He would understandably see the Cincinnati Masters as a golden opportunity to bag some silverware in the absence of Novak Djokovic – to whom he conceded the Australian Open Finals. However, his strong showing at the hard-court tournament suggests he has what it takes to get the job done in Cincinnati.
The legendary Spaniard was the first seed, and the strong favorite to win the recently concluded Washington Open but was far from his best as he made his comeback from injury. A round of 16 loss to 14th seed Lloyd Harris was far from ideal, but he got some valuable match practice and could shake at least a little bit of rust. Nadal last won the Cincinnati Open in 2013, beating John Isner in the final in straight sets. Despite his French Open loss, his stats on clay courts this year were right up there with the very best. He’s still trying to find his footing on hard courts this season, and if he performs well at the National Bank Open, one would be brave to bet against him winning the Cincinnati Open.
World number 8 and Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini returns from his recent injury, which forced him to miss the Tokyo Olympics. The Italian has played some incredible tennis this season, winning 2 singles titles. The tally would be higher if not for the presence of Novak Djokovic, who beat Berrettini in the Wimbledon finals and the French Open quarter-finals. Berrettini would consider the Cincinnati Masters a great chance to return to action with a bang in the Serbian’s absence. The fact that he isn’t one of the immediate favorites heading into the tournament means that there is great value to be obtained on a potential bet on him.
Recent Champions of the Cincinnati Open
The Cincinnati Open is one of the oldest tennis tournaments held in the United States. Out of the 119 previously organised editions, a vast majority has been won by an American. However, the last American winner came way back in 2006, and it’d be a bold prediction to back one in 2021. Here are the last 5 winners of the W&S Open:
- Novak Djokovic (2020)
- Daniil Medvedev (2019)
- Novak Djokovic (2018)
- Grigor Dmitrov (2017)
- Marin Cilic (2016)
W&S Open Final Prediction
The winner of the 2019 edition of the Cincinnati Masters, Daniil Medvedev, is nicely poised to win its latest installment as well. While the exact betting line will be known once the pairings are out, one can bet on Medvedev against just about anybody else partaking in this tournament. Both Rafa Nadal and Matteo Berrettini are also interesting picks, but it remains to be seen how they recover from their recent injuries. One can make a safer prediction upon watching Nadal’s exploits at the ongoing Toronto hard-court event but will have to take a flyer on Berrettini’s chances.
The hard-court season is upon us! Use our predictions and place your bets now!