ATP Shenzhen Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

Goffin to win headline battle in China

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ATP Shenzhen Open 2018 Preview

The ATP moves on with some top British interest going off in Shenzhen this week as the Asian swing of the season continues. This is one of four ATP events which are held in China and this is a fairly recent introduction to the Tour as well as it was only started in 2014. Andy Murray won that inaugural edition of the event and he is back for another crack and he is the 9/2 joint-favourite alongside David Goffin* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm).

ATP Shenzhen Winner Odds*

David Goffin 9/1
Andy Murray 9/2
Denis Shapovalov 6/1
Stefanos Tsitsipas 11/2
Borna Coric 6/1
Damir Dzumhur 12/1
Fernando Verdasco 12/1
Alex De Minaur 12/1
Bar 25/1
* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm)
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Murray and Goffin headline

Murray and Goffin are the headline acts at ATP Shenzhen 2018 and they are both previous winners of the tournament. Murray got the inaugural edition title while Goffin heads back into the event as the reigning champion. Belgium’s Goffin is the top seed at the event and what makes this draw pretty interesting is that he could meet Murray in the second round. That is because Murray is entering as a wild card.

So we could have a tremendous early showdown in the tournament and the winner of that expected clash will be favourite to go on and lift the title. So where is the advantage if the two of them do happen to clash at Shenzhen? Well the head to head form between the two of them is fully with Murray who holds a 5-0 lead over the Belgian from previous meetings.

This would be their first meeting since ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai in China back in 2016. Murray hasn’t dropped a set in any of his matches against Goffin before. Of the two though it is Goffin with the form at the moment. In the US Open swing of the season, he got to the quarters of the Citi Open in Washington, reached the semi finals of Cincinnati where he had to retire against Roger Federer and then he made it to the round of sixteen at the US Open itself.

So it has been pretty solid form from Goffin who is the 9/2 joint-favourite alongside Murray* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm). Murray, who is ranked down at 308th in the world basically has no form to speak of anywhere. In the US Open swing of the season, he pulled out of a quarter-final against Alex De Minaur at the Citi Open, lost in the first round of Cincinnati and then was knocked out in the second round of the US Open.

This isn’t about wins and titles for Murray this is just all getting valuable court-time to continue his rehabilitation after his surgery this year. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is the 6/1 third favourite for Shenzhen* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) but he is squashed in that top half along with Goffin and Murray. So that has to work against him in the long run. That is all in the top half of the draw.

So anyone down in the bottom half of the draw is going to be expecting to put something positive together. It is a half of the draw that is so hard to call though because it’s a pretty level playing field down there with the top seeds being fourth-seed Damir Dzumhur and second-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Dzumhur could be the pick down there because he was a semi finalist last year.

Shenzen Predictions

At the end of the day, it would be a surprise if either Goffin or Murray didn’t get the win on the board in this one, with Shapovalov a close third to get in the frame. The top half of the draw is stacked with the best talent and we can take a nice 5/4 option on the Winning Quarter being the 1st Quarter* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm). Of the big duel which could happen between Murray and Goffin, we would go against form and back the Belgian to edge to it as he has much better current form than Murray does.

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