Shanghai Masters Betting

The Shanghai Masters is the newest addition to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series and takes place during the second week of October at the stunning Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.

Created in 2009, the tournament has made a real impact in the sport and has been voted for by the players as the best Masters event on the tour for the last two years.

This has done much to boost the profile of China and other neighbouring countries within the sport in recent times - and the event itself is very much seen as a flagship for what is currently an exciting period for Asian tennis.

Current high profile sponsors Rolex are proof enough that a wealth of interest and investment has already been generated in the competition in such a short space of time, even despite the fact that the highlight of the hard court season, the US Open, has already passed come October.

And that interest and investment also stretches to the betting industry, with many people keen to potentially back a player at good odds who may just have the ammunition and energy left in the tank to take down the world’s elite, who by the end of autumn may just be starting to feel the pinch after a tough and rigorous campaign.

Indeed, British favourite Andy Murray has managed to topple his fatigued rivals for the past two years to somewhat compensate for a substantial amount of Grand Slam misery.

A punt on the Dunblane-born star in 2010 would certainly have reaped sizeable dividends, especially considering he had nemesis Roger Federer standing in his way at the final hurdle.

Murray crushed a jaded Federer in straight sets before defending his title in 2011 against Novak Djokovic, who was largely a shadow of his best due to a shoulder injury.

Although Murray can hardly be classed as an outsider considering that he has been ranked in the world’s top five for over three seasons, he has shown that it is perhaps the man in the finest fettle that stands the best chance of success at this late stage of the year.

This, combined with Murray’s efficient, powerful and diverse hard court style, has made him the man to get behind in Shanghai.

Thankfully, the prestige and importance of the new Shanghai Masters gives tennis a strong shot in the arm heading into the winter months, where there is of course a sizeable break in between Grand Slams.

Players could well be excused for taking a deserved break during this period in order to preserve themselves and build back up gradually towards the Australian Open in January.

From a betting perspective, it really is vital to study how much match action each and every player has had throughout the season before reaching any conclusions, whether it be for outright betting or individual matches.

Players who have endured hard campaigns are likely to wane against fitter, fresher professionals who may have even specifically targeted the event on the back of a poor showing at the US Open.

Form usually counts ten-fold over condition; however the Shanghai Masters really does seem to be one tournament that discounts this notion in terms of which players hold all the aces.

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