MyBookie returns with a free tennis betting preview for the 2021 Astana Open, where we take a look at the upcoming ATP tournament, provide you with the players to watch, and all the information you’ll need to place bets on ATP Betting Odds. Here is our betting preview for the 2021 Astana Open.
The 2021 ATP Astana Open is the second edition of the tournament for both men and women. The event will take place in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from 20-26 September for men and September 27 – October 3 for women.
ATP 2021 Astana Open Expert Analysis | Tennis Betting
ATP 2021 Astana Open
- When: September 20 – 26
- Where: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Karastev and Bublik Expected to Shine
Home favorite, Alexander Bublik, enters the 2021 Astana Open as one of the favorites to win the title, albeit he is bound to face tough resistance from Russia’s Aslan Karatsev. Bublik enters the tournament as the second seed and world no.34, having struggled to achieve much on the year.
Bublik was last seen at the 2021 U.S. Open, where he won against Yannick Hanfmann (6-0, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1) in the first round but was unable to make it past R2, where he lost against Jack Sock (6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6). Prior to his early exit from the U.S. Open, Bublik also attended the Winston-Salem Open, where he lost against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori (2-6, 6-7) in Round of 32.
Bublik’s most notable accomplishment on the year came in July when he reached the semi-finals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, where he lost against Kevin Anderson (6-4, 6-7, 5-7). He also made it to round three of Wimbledon but proved to be no match for Hubert Hurkacz (3-6, 4-6, 2-6).
Karasev, meanwhile, has achieved much more of late, having reached the third round of the 2021 U.S. Open. However, that remains his only notable accomplishment since May, when he made it to Round of 16 in the Italian Open and Madrid Open.
Karasev’s only tournament win of the season came in March when he won in Dubai with a 6-3, 6-2 against Lloyd Harris. Still, the Russian tennis player will receive a lot of respect for his semi-finals run at the 2021 Australian Open; however, he hasn’t achieved much since and has already lost against Bublik (4-6, 3-6) in May.
Serbian Duo Looking To Cause Some Chaos
World no.36 Dušan Lajović and world no. 37 Filip Krajinović enter the 2021 Astana Open as third- and fourth-seeded players and strong candidates for the title. Lajović has had a strong start to the season, having reached R4 of the 2021 Australian Open, and while he was unable to emulate that success in any of the succeeding Grand Slams, he has achieved a lot in other tournaments.
Lajović has made it to Round of 16 in Canada, where he lost to Casper Ruud, and has reached quarter-finals in Germany Open, Croatia Open, and Belgrade.
Similarly, Krajinović has enjoyed some success on the year. The 29-year-old made it to the quarter-finals in Kitzbuhel Open and Croatia Open.
Krajinović has also reached the finals at the 2021 German open, where he had to admit defeat to Pablo Carreno Busta (2-6, 4-6). Regardless, he has impressed many with his 2-1 win against Stefanos Tsistipas in the quarter-finals.
Defending Champion, Millman Returns
John Millman will return to Kazahstan to defend his 2020 Astana Open title. Although John Millman is only a fifth-seeded player and world no.43, he was a fourth-seeded player and world no.44 last year, when he won the title, suggesting that he might do it again.
Last year, Millman breezed through the tournament, and while he had faced some resistance in the semi-finals (2-1 against Frances Tiafoe), the Australian tennis player made easy work of Adrian Mannarino in the finals, which he won with 7-5, 6-1.
The 2020 Astana Open marked Millman’s first ATP Tour title. Unfortunately, the 32-year-old has now won a single tournament since, nor has he reached a final.
Millman’s most notable accomplishment of 2021 came in April when he made it to the quarter-finals of the Bavarian International, where he lost against Ruud (3-6, 4-6). Millman emulated that run in August when he reached the final eight at the Washington Open but proved to be no match for Jenson Brooksby (1-6, 2-6).
Given his lack of success over the year, it seems highly unlikely that Millman will manage to defend his title. Still, he didn’t achieve much in 2020 either, yet he still came out on top in Kazahstan.
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