The Japanese city of Tokyo will host the other interesting men’s tournament next week – and there’s no doubt that Kei Nishikori will be the main star of that event. He might be slightly tired after such a good run in Kuala Lumpur, however, so it may pay to look somewhere else for value.
Event: ATP Tokyo
Selection: Milos Raonic
Best Odds: 5.50 @ BetVictor
The playing conditions in Tokyo are always very quick and that usually plays into the hands of players that can serve big and hit big. Last year, the title was won by Juan Martin del Potro, while Kei Nishikori clinched the title after some unbelievable performances back in 2012. Milos Raonic was on the other side of the net on both occasions and he will be present this year as well, so we believe that he’s going to go very far once again.
The good news for him is that he’s been drawn into the slightly easier half of the draw, which means that he’s going to avoid both Stanislas Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori until the finals. That’s certainly a good thing – but which players will he most likely have to beat in order to get to that stage of the tournament? In the first round, he will be up against Bernard Tomic, but the Australian hasn’t been playing well recently and shouldn’t be that tough to beat as a result of that. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will come soon after that and he’ll surely put up a good fight, although we’d still fancy the Canadian to beat him. Finally, the world’s number six might have to face David Ferrer in the semi-finals, although there seems to be a cloud of doubts hanging over the Spaniard right now, with his loss against Viktor Troicki in Shenzhen looking particularly troubling. The road to the finals therefore doesn’t look incredibly hard for Raonic, so he’ll be our recommendation for the outright betting in Tokyo.