2016 Shanghai Rolex Masters preview
The latest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event takes place on the Chinese hard courts, with the world’s best male players in Shanghai competing for the $1,043,375 winner’s cheque.
Novak Djokovic has seen plenty of these amounts during his career and bet365 offer 2.40 (7/5) that the world number one retains his crown, with the Serbian playing Fabio Fognini in his second round clash.
Djokovic has been drawn in the same half as Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic, although Tomas Berdych could provide some stiff opposition in a potential quarter-final clash.
Nadal continues to toil away to reach previous levels of form that has seen the Spaniard enjoy such an illustrious tennis career, although it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see him with another Grand Slam title. Even so, he’s a 21.00 (20/1) chance (Paddy Power ) to win his first Shanghai Masters event.
Meanwhile, the bottom half of the draw features Andy Murray and the Brit is a 4.00 (3/1) chance with BetVictor to claim an overall victory and he did claim this title in 2010 and 2011. It’s been a pretty good year for the world number two who could face Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals.
Murray is in excellent form coming into the tournament, with the Scot claiming a fifth singles title of 2016 when winning the China Open on Sunday, with the British number one beating Grigor Dimitrov in the final. It was a straight sets win after cruising to a straight sets win over David Ferrer to reach that stage.
Unfortunately for Murray, the wild card that is Juan Martin del Potro has been stationed in his quarter of the draw and we all know the Argentine is capable of beating any sort of opponent. Indeed, that section also features rising star Lucas Pouille and Kevin Anderson, so Murray has a tough task to reach the semi-final stage.
Del Potro is actually fourth favourite to win the thing, with Unibet making him a 17.00 (16/1) chance and that illustrates the danger that the Argentine possesses.
Stan Wawrinka has been a Grand Slam winner in each of the last three years and the Swiss will relish the chance to finish 2016 with a flourish. The 31-year-old has the prospect of a last eight tussle with Milos Raonic although his quarter is a good deal more favourable than Murray and he should reach the last four.
The great news is that bet365 are live streaming all the big matches from the Shanghai Masters, with customers able to log into their account and watch the game of their choice.
You can watch live streaming on your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. That includes watching the tennis through the bet365 app and you simply need to have a funded bet365 account in order to enjoy the Shanghai Masters.