Thursday promises to be a yet another highly entertaining day in Cincinnati with some of the stellar names falling on Wednesday, the draw is wide open. Milos Raonic’s withdrawal coupled with the shock exit of Alexander Zverev at the hands of Frances Tiafoe, has left Rafael Nadal as the heavy favourite for the title (7/4 with Betfair). With only 2 of the world’s top 10 players left in the draw, some of the men on the fringes of the world’s top 10 have a massive opportunity to claim valuable ranking points.
Match Betting: Grigor Dimitrov vs Juan Martin Del Potro
Both of these men have shown solid form this week and the winner of this one will find themselves in the last 8. Bulgarian Dimitrov, dispatched of the dangerous Feliciano Lopez on Wednesday and will be looking to recapture his early season form – he’s 21/20 to win this one with Bet Victor. 2009 US Open champion Del Potro, always brings his best form to this time of year and he starts as the marginal favourite here at 8/11 with Ladbrokes.
Head to Head
‘Del-Po’ has a remarkable 5:0 head to head lead in this match up – with his last win coming on the clay in Rome earlier this season.
With a quarter final spot on the line – this one could be cagey. A tie-break in the match and Del-Potro to go on and win the match (as a double) pays a very healthy 2.89/1 with Coral.
Match Betting: Nick Kyrgios vs Ivo Karlovic
Enigmatic Aussie Nick Kyrgios looks to have finally found his form in 2017, backing up an impressive win over David Goffin with a gritty win over Alexandr Dolgopolov on Wednesday. He’ll need to be on top form against Karlovic however, who has become one of the most consistent performers on tour and his serve is one of the biggest weapons in the men’s game. Kyrgios is the favourite for this one – best priced 4/9 with Ladbrokes whilst Karlovic looks good value at 13/8 Sky Bet.
Head to Head
Kyrgios has a 100% win record against the Croat – with the head to head standing at 3:0. Their last meeting was on the hard courts in Miami earlier this year.
Kyrgios looks to have found some form here and should progress – he’s 7/5 with William Hill to win in straight sets.
Match Betting: Dominic Thiem vs Adrian Mannarino
Number 3 seed Thiem has seemingly kept a low profile in the draw so far. Comfortably despatching of Fabio Fognini in his opening match and with all the attention on the high-profile withdrawals and Alexander Zverev’s defeat – he looks well placed here to cause a threat in the draw. He’s 4/11 with Coral to progress here. Mannarino has been in imperious form of late, a run to the last 8 in Montreal last week was backed up here by wins over Robin Haase and Sam Querrey. The Frenchman starts this one at the 9/4 outsider with Bet 365.
Head to Head
This will be the 5th tour level meeting between these two players with Thiem holding a 4:0 lead, in the head to head results. 3 of Thiem’s 4 previous wins have come on the hard courts and he’ll be looking for more of the same here.
Thiem is the justified favourite for this one but Mannarino is in the form of his career. Backing the match to go to 3 sets looks shrewd at 6/4 with William Hill.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs Rafael Nadal – Nadal to win
Yuchi Sugita vs Karen Khachanov – Khachanov to win
Pablo Carreno-Busta vs David Ferrer – Carreno-Busta to win
Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Jared Donaldson – Donaldson to win
Backing these 4 players to win pays a very lucrative 4.46/1 with William Hill