Jo-Wilfried Tsonga captured the Toronto trophy ahead of Roger Federer last week, which was certainly a very unexpected result for nearly everyone in the tennis world. However, only a fool could say anything against the Frenchman, who had to beat some incredibly strong players on his way to the title, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

This week, the tennis tour moves to Cincinnati and all eyes will once again be on Tsonga, although we wouldn’t dare to suggest that he might be able to repeat his Toronto success and add yet another big trophy to his cabinet this week. Women are also going to play in Cincinnati this week, making the event a truly exciting one – both for the spectators and the punters, who will be able to enjoy yet another Grand Slam-like week over the next seven days.

Who Can Win?

Andy Murray

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Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one, will surely want to make a statement this week after suffering an early exit from Toronto – and the good news is that the draw has been fairly kind for him this time around. There’s the possibility of him having to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga once again, but there’s no Andy Murray in his part of the draw this week, so he won’t have to worry too much about having to meet really strong players in consecutive days. Nonetheless, the odds the bookmaker are offering for his victory seem to be very poor, so we’d much prefer picking someone like Andy Murray, who can be backed at a much higher price and who looked better than the Serb in the Toronto Masters.

In the women’s part of the tournament, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better bet than Simona Halep. The Romanian number one wasn’t in action last week, but that could easily help her in the long run, as she’ll be fresh and ready to go all the way in Cincinnati this week. The loss Serena Williams suffered against her sister has left plenty of questions unanswered, so our recommendation regarding the two big favorites is actually pretty simple – if you want to bet on value, stay away from them this week!

Potential Surprises

Feliciano Lopez

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Those who are looking for some juicy odds once again can head straight down to the quarter markets, which don’t seem to be as interesting as they were last week, but which can nonetheless offer some nice alternatives if an outright bet just isn’t to your liking for some reason.

In the men’s draw, Feliciano Lopez looks like the best bet of them all. If he recovers quickly enough, he’ll be a very tough nut to crack on the quick surface that will be on offer this week – and, in his current form, he could be too strong even for Grigor Dimitrov and Stanislas Wawrinka.

As far as the women’s tournament is concerned, backing Ekaterina Makarova to win her quarter ahead of Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber looks like a good bet, as she looked very good in Montreal and as the tournament conditions are rumored to be quick enough for her to have the edge against the defensively-minded players.

Those who don’t like backing Halep for some reason could consider backing Lucie Safarova to win the final quarter, as her power could be a very dominant force in the Cincinnati conditions and as she nearly beat Serena Williams last week, falling apart only in the final games of each set. The world’s number one isn’t in her part of the draw this week, so that should give her some confidence to start with.

The Recommendations

Andy Murray to win Cincinnati Masters 2014 (Best Odds: 9.04 @ Pinnacle)

Simona Halep to win Cincinnati 2014 (Best Odds: 9.00 @ Bet365)

Feliciano Lopez to win his quarter (Best Odds: 13.00 @ BetVictor)

Ekaterina Makarova to win her quarter (Best Odds: 9.00 @ BetVictor)

Lucie Safarova to win her quarter (Best Odds: 15.00 @ Bet365)