The Rogers Cup just finished with Djokovic continuing his dominant season winning the tournament handily (Nadal, Federer and Murray all exited early) and becoming the first player to win their first tournament after gaining the number 1 ranking. On the Women’s side Serena Williams returned to her dominant ways, defeating Samantha Stosur in the finals.
The best players in the world are now on to Cincinnati where they are playing in the Western and Southern Open Tournament, which is also a major hard court tourney in the tune up to the US Open at the end of the month.
ATP Western and Southern Open Winner Odds
Novak Djokovic +130
Rafael Nadal +325
Roger Federer +700
Andy Murray +1000
Juan Del Potro +1500
Mardy Fish +2500
There are the odds for the top 6 contenders for this championship. Djokovic has been playing unbelievable tennis, having only lost 1 match this entire year. If he wins this tourney you can expect his odds to continue to drop, possibly down to +100, which would mean he would have to have a 50/50 chance to win each tournament.
Nadal lost in the first round of the Rogers Cup to Dodig, after losing the 2nd and 3rd set in tough tie breaks. You can expect him to be rested and ready to show the world he still has what it takes to win these tournaments and compete with Djokovic.
Federer has won this tournament the past two years and by his account he has been playing good tennis, but has ran into Tsonga in his last two losses. Tsonga seems to have Federer’s number, but luckily for Roger they are on opposite sides of the draw in this tourney. Federer, will have to play the 5th highest competitor though in his first match as he is up against Del Potro right out of the gate. If Roger can win this match, he should have fairly smooth sailing to the semi-finals against Djokovic. And having been the only player to defeat Djokovic this season, Roger should have confidence to pull off the upset. I like Federer at +700 in this tournament.
The other three really don’t have much of a shot. Djokovic is so good right now that only Nadal or Federer on their A game could possibly take him out of the tourney.