ATP 2022 Astana Open Odds Favorites, and a 1st Round Match to Bet On

ATP 2022 Astana Open Odds Favorites, and a 1st Round Match to Bet On

The third edition of the Astana Open, an ATP 500 series event, takes place from October 3 to 9 in Kazakhstan. The tournament, an ATP 250 event in the last two years, was made a permanent stop for the ATP Tour this year and is being played concurrent to the Rakuten Open in Tokyo.

While the Rakuten Open has a decent field, including 2022 US Open runner-up Casper Ruud, the Astana Open has attracted arguably one of the most loaded fields for a non-Grand Slam in recent months. US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz headlines the field, which also includes former world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. With all that mind, let’s take a closer look at the favorites to win the 2022 Astana Open along with their ATP Odds.

Tennis Betting Preview for the ATP 500: 2022 Astana Open Tournament

Outright Odds

Tough Draw for Alcaraz

While the obvious play is to bet on the world No. 1, Alcaraz has a tough path to the final in Kazakhstan. The Spaniard takes on Holger Rune in the first round and could meet veteran Stan Wawrinka in the second round. Both of those players present more of a challenge than Alcaraz would prefer in the first two rounds. 

Rune, the world No. 26, recently moved up five spots in the ATP Rankings after reaching the finals in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week. He defeated world No. 10 Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals. 

Alcaraz hasn’t played much since the US Open, but recently lost a three-set match in the Davis Cup against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada. He’ll find out this week that it’s tougher holding onto the world No. 1 ranking than it is earning it. 

Djokovic Needs to Keep Winning

Djokovic is the world No. 7, but that ranking is somewhat disingenuous as he wasn’t able to play in the US Open or Australian Open. Yet, it’s still a strange sight for someone who has been the year-end world No. 1 on the ATP Tour seven times since 2011. 

Moreover, Djokovic is at risk of falling outside of the top eight and participating in the ATP Finals. That isn’t likely to happen, and expect Djokovic to instead climb the rankings within the next few weeks. He played his first ATP matches since Wimbledon last week in Tel Aviv and, unsurprisingly, won the tournament with a finals victory over Marin Cilic.

Djokovic, a wild card in the tournament, takes on Cristian Garin in the Round of 32. Garin is a relatively tough first-round opponent, but shouldn’t be much of a challenge for Djokovic. If he wins, Djokovic will face Boltic van de Zandschulp in the Round of 16.

Must-Bet First Round Match

Marin Cilic (-300) takes on Oscar Otte (+240) on Tuesday morning in one of the final matches of the first round. This has upset potential written all over it. 

Cilic, the world No. 14, is coming off of a finals appearance in Tel Aviv, but only had to win two matches against the world No. 173 (Dominic Thiem) and world No. 68 (Constant Lestienne) to get there. Otte is having a disappointing season after going 48-20 in 2021, but is a tough opponent who can compete with the best players in the world.

 
 

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