Published : 10/3/2011 (Updated : 10/3/2011 11:46:34 AM)
The East boasts two major ATP tournaments this week, as the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Champions and China Open get underway. The Japanese Open boasts a stronger field, led by World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, while Jo-Wilfried Tsgona tops the China Open seeds after Novak Djokovic dropped out. For the latest ATP odds, bet now with Pinnacle Sports.
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ATP Betting – Rakuten Japan Open
Rafael Nadal travels to Japan to defend his 2010 title after a fine exhibition of tennis in the Davis Cup two weeks ago. The Spaniard thrashed both Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight-sets, taking a set 6-0 against both opponents.
Nadal hasn't played on the ATP tour since his US Open defeat to Novak Djokovic, where he took the final to four sets despite being off his best.
Andy Murray enters the competition as second-seed with confidence high, having successfully defended his PPT Thailand title for the third time last week.
Murray last contended the Rakuten Open in 2006, losing his first match. This year his first game will be against Marcos Baghdatis, who reached the Kuala Lumpur final last week.
Third-seed David Ferrer is the only man in the competition with more wins in Japan than Nadal, with a 7-2 record in the competition. He won the title in 2007, although to repeat the feat he'll probably need someone else to knock-out Nadal, who he has beaten only once in their past nine meetings.
Kuala Lumpur Open winner Janko Tipsarevic – who is currently experiencing the best season of his career - is sixth-seed to lift the title. His early rounds see him take on Dmitry Tursunov and Robin Haase, however – not an easy task for anyone.
Other seeds include Mardy Fish (last in Tokyo in 2002) and Viktor Troicki, who has drawn the upset-causing young Bernard Tomic in the first round.
ATP Betting – China Open
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is having the best year of his career - and thanks to Djokovic's injury - enters the China Open as top-seed.
The Frenchman's good form (excluding a disappointing Davis Cup exchange with Nadal) should propel him into the final 16 – a stage he has reached twice before.
Fellow Gaelic-entrant Gael Monfils is debuting in the competition and will also look to bounce-back from the Davis Cup disaster that saw him lose in straight sets to Nadal.
The other ten top competitor in Beijing is Tomas Berdych, whose title aspirations have been toppled by Tipsarevic twice in the last two months. The Czech has been in consistent form all season with a 42-18 record, but is yet to put a string of six victories to earn a title.
Other top seeds include Nicholas Almagro (No. 4), Gilles Simon (5) and Andy Roddick (6) – the only previous winner in contention.
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