Novak Djokovic Favourite For A Fourth Shanghai Masters Title

The Shanghai Masters takes centre stage this week and what a good tournament it promises to be. Novak Djokovic is the bookmakers' favourite for a fourth title in five years and he can be backed at a touch of odds-against as he continues his recovery from a recent elbow complaint...

  • Novak Djokovic has won the Shanghai Masters three times (2012, 2013. 2015)
  • Andy Murray has won the Shanghai Masters twice (2010, 2011)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro has appeared at the Shanghai Masters just once since 2009 but he did reach the final (2013)

10th October - 16th October OddsWon/LostBet
Shanghai Masters    
Tips Novak Djokovic to win outright    Best Bet @ 6 / 4  
Juan Martin Del Potro (each way) @ 16 / 1  

The Favourite

Djokovic has had injury issues of late and his hold on the world number one ranking isn't quite so clear cut after he opted to skip his title defence in Beijing last week. Murray took full advantage of Djokovic's absence by winning the title in China and the Brit is now just 1,500 points behind in the world rankings.

Djokovic will hope to extend his advantage after winning the Shanghai title in 2012, 2013 and 2015, with Coral making him their 6/4 favourite.

The top seed is in a top-half of the draw that includes the erratic Nick Kyrgios, who arrives off the back of his biggest career win to date as he landed the title in Tokyo, and Rafael Nadal, who has never gotten to grips with the faster courts in Shanghai, where the Spaniard has only reached one final before.

The draw couldn't have been much kinder for Djokovic on his return to a venue he clearly loves and his record here ensures that he is a worthy favourite.

The Bottom-Half

The pace of the courts should also suit the massive weapons of Juan Martin Del Potro's game and it has been wonderful to see the Argentine competing at the head of the men's sport again after enduring such a tough time with injuries.

A silver medal at Rio, where he lost to Murray, was followed by a superb win over Murray en route to helping Argentina beat Great Britain in the Davis Cup. Del Potro actually reached the final of Shanghai on his last appearance here in 2013 and he looks nicely priced at 16/1 (Bet Victor).

Del Potro is pencilled in to meet Murray in the quarter-finals this week and their clash in the bottom-half of the draw could be another epic. Murray might be a touch jaded after going all the way in Beijing but he does have a good record in Shanghai, where he won the title in 2010 and 2011 before finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2012.

The Brit missed the tournament in 2013 and 2014 before losing to Djokovic in last year's semi's, with Coral.co.uk pricing him 3/1 this week.

Murray is in a bottom-half that also includes Stan Wawrinka but the Swiss star is far too short (11/1) for a tournament in which he has never gone beyond the quarter-finals previously, while Milos Raonic was struggling with injury last week and makes little appeal at 20/1.

2016 Shanghai Masters Odds

Posted: Monday, 10th October 2016
Author: Chris Knight

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