The Western and Southern Open is the next Masters 1000 event on the tennis calendar and it could be worth considering some of the underdogs in Cincinnati.
In the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic is the defending champion and 29/20 favourite to win the tournament but it remains to be seen where he is at form wise after he opted to miss the Rogers Cup.
Rafael Nadal is 33/10 and has been in fine form having reached the final in Montreal, where he is due to face Daniil Medvedev on Sunday, but Cincinnati hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Spaniard as he has only won there once, with that success coming back in 2013.
Medvedev will contest his first ever Masters 1000 final in Montreal and has hit some real form in recent months. The 23-year-old Russian could go far in Cincinnati and should be in confident mood regardless of how his final against Nadal plays out.
Khachanov is another exciting young Russian working his way up the rankings, and at a big price could prove a shrewd each-way bet.
Murray will make an incredible return to singles action in the Western and Southern Open after testing himself in doubles following hip surgery. Admittedly, it would be a huge shock if he did take the title but the former world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner wouldn’t be back in singles if he didn’t think he was up to it.
The Scot is a two-time winner in Cincinnati and at 32/1 has to be worth some consideration to mark his comeback with a fairy-tale victory.
In the women’s draw, Simona Halep will be looking to finally get her hands on the trophy after finishing as the runner-up in three of the last four finals.
The Romanian should be full of confidence after landing the Wimbledon crown earlier this summer and will be keen to maintain her momentum going into the US Open.
Madison Keys hasn’t been in the best of form but should benefit from the backing of a home crowd, and at 25/1 she offers real value in the WTA Cincinnati outright market.
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