By Landon Smith

ATP Tennis 2020 Western & Southern Open Odds, Prediction

ATP Tennis 2020 Western & Southern Open from USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York, USA

ATP TENNIS

2020 WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

Date: Aug 22-28, 2020

Court: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Location: Flushing Meadows, New York, USA

 

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*This article was updated on August 20th, 2020*

Typically the Masters 1000 Series played on North American hard courts during August, the Western & Southern Open features the best players in the world. This is the prelude to the US Open, the Cincinnati tournament can be unpredictable and even more so in a season like this, which has been interrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Western and Southern Open will not be played in Cincinnati and has now moved to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, home of the US Open, and will take place immediately prior to the US Open. The Western and Southern Open will be played from August 22-28, and the US Open will be from August 31 to September 13.

Aniil Medvedev first became the Masters 1000 Series champion in Cincinnati in 2020 when he scored a major victory against Serbian Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and David Goffin in the grand final.

It was a spectacular breakthrough on the Russian circuit at the end of the summer that saw him advance to the final of six consecutive tournaments, winning Cincinnati, Shanghai and St. Petersburg and finishing second in Washington, the Rogers Cup and the US Open.

Djokovic, and other elite players like Rafael Nadal, now know what Medvedev is capable of and the element of surprise will no longer work in their favor. On the other hand, the pressure on Medvedev to defend those points will be extreme, as the cancellation of Indian Wells-Miami and the clay court season means he could not win any points; With the ranking frozen, 3,100 of Medvedev's 5,890 points come from the late-summer swing.

This year the Western and Southern Open will not be able to count on Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, but Novak Djokovic will. Cincinnati was the only Masters 1000 Series title that had notoriously eluded Djokovic for some time, and although he broke through to win in 2018, becoming the first man to win the coveted nine titles, it is still his bottom title.

Dominic Thiem is obviously more powerful than ever on hard courts. The Austrian, the Masters 1000 Series champion on American hard courts at Indian Wells in 2019, there is reason to expect a good performance from Thiem here at the Western and Southern Open in 2020.

Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic were Masters 1000 Series champions in Cincinnati in recent years, not much of an impact is expected this year although Cilic has strived for any level of success. On the other hand it is unlikely that Dimitrov will play, as he was greatly affected by his battle with COVID-19. Nick Kyrgios, a 2017 finalist, will not be traveling to the United States. Gael Monfils, who is 16-3 so far in 2020, is also not playing.

David Goffin reached the final in 2019, he's playing well in Cincinnati, having beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin del Potro on his way to the semifinals in 2018. Goffin could be in a good position to take advantage.

ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas never won a game at Cincinnati; Interestingly, three-time Masters 1000 Series champion and former ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev also did not win a main draw match at the Western and Southern Open. Andy Murray accepted a wild card in the two-time champion tournament, but his recent form at the Battle of the Brits and his sister event Team Tennis underscored how the former did not. 1 is at its best.

 

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By Landon Smith, on 27 Sep 2020, at 11:29p ET