The ATP Tour returns to Europe
After a stint in Asia we are back to Europe to close out the season and where better to go than the spectacular city of Vienna? Vienna is frequently visited by the world’s best players and this year is no different with David Ferrer and Andy Murray having a go at winning the title and progressing their claims to be part of the Barclays Masters in London. Previous winners include Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Roger Federer when both were young and so this is also a breeding hotspot for the world’s next stars. That aside we cant see past some of the more experienced players this week and we have it down to a short list of three.
I said it last week in Shanghai, this guy is due a title. He beat probably the next best player here Andy Murray only to lose to Novak Djokovic who at the moment is in a league of his own. But here in Austria he is our sure-fire favourite to lift the Erste Bank Open due to his experience, quality and good fitness. Seeded first he is sure to have an easy draw and if he keeps his concentration and temperament in check surely the crown is his.
Andy, Andy, Andy. Ever since winning the US Open and Wimbledon he has looked very ordinary and so has slipped out the world’s top 10 in the world. Hero to zero. He lost against David Ferrer last week in Shanghai in a match he was once again lacking quality and resilience which David had. The extraordinary thing in his match with Ferrer was that his first set, which he won, was probably one of the best sets he has played in the last 2 years – but then ohh dear, what a mess. Clearly the ability is there but when will the mental strength return. At The Betting Agency we expect the same from him this week – disappointment.
Feliciano Lopez played some exceptional tennis last week and despite what the scorecard showed Roger had to produce his best tennis to get past him. He also has a very good record here (16/5) and seeded third he will only have to overcome Andy Murray in order to get to the final. He is a very consistent player and will make life difficult for Andy. His quality is superior to the other challengers and at The Betting Agency we think he can get through to the final and maybe even shock Ferrer.