We’re less than one month from the Nitto ATP Finals, meaning rankings points will be at a premium during the next few tournaments on the ATP schedule as players jostle for a spot in the top eight. World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, as well as Casper Ruud and Rafael Nadal, seemingly have their spots secured, as does Novak Djokovic, current world No. 10, because he is a Grand Slam winner.
Still, that leaves four spots up for grabs, with players like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alex Zverev, Taylor Fritz, and Felix Auger-Aliassime all in contention. Auger-Aliassime won the Firenze Open and moved up three spots to No. 10.
The Erste Bank Open, held from October 24 to 30, presents one of the last chances for players to earn their spot in the Nitto ATP Finals. It’s being played at the same time as the Basel Open in Switzerland. Let’s take a look at our betting preview for the upcoming 2022 Erste Bank Open so you can plan your bets against the ATP Odds.
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An indoor hard court tournament that’s part of the ATP Tour 500 Series, the Erste Bank Open, also known as the Vienna Open, has been held every year with some exceptions at Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, since 1974. American Vitas Gerulatis won the inaugural tournament. American Brian Gottfried leads all players with four victories in Vienna.
Zverev is the defending champion, having defeated American Frances Tiafoe in the finals of the 2021 event. Russian Andrey Rublev defeated Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the finals of the tournament in 2020. Other recent winners include Dominic Thiem (2019), Kevin Anderson (2018), and Lucas Pouille (2017). Andy Murray won the event in 2016 and 2014.
A Look at This Year’s Expected Field
Because it’s still a week away, it’s hard to say with certainty who might play at the Vienna Open. Players who play well into the weekend at prior events typically take the following week off, but those in the 6-14 range in the world rankings might opt to keep playing to earn their spot in the Nitto ATP Finals.
As of October 17, the expected field for the tournament includes Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev, and Cameron Norrie, all of whom have their eyes on a spot in the top eight rankings. Alcaraz, Ruud, and Auger-Aliassime are among the players scheduled to participate in Switzerland that week, so they won’t be in Vienna.
Other Nitto ATP Finals hopefuls expected to play in Vienna include Jannik Sinner, Hubert Hurkacz, Taylor Fritz, and Matteo Berrettini. It’s perhaps one of the most loaded fields since the US Open and should provide plenty of entertaining matches.
While there’s obviously no betting lines and odds as of yet, Fritz could be an interesting underdog pick. The American is the world No. 9, so he’s right on the cusp of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals. He’s 41-17 this season and has three tournament victories. He won his third tournament earlier this month in Tokyo, Japan, where he scored victories over Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, and Tiafoe.