ATP 1000 - 2021 National Bank Open Betting Preview: Nadal Arrives As the Reigning Champion

ATP 1000 – 2021 National Bank Open Betting Preview: Nadal Arrives As the Reigning Champion

The 2021 National Bank Open (also known as the 2021 Canadian Open) are outdoor hard court tennis tournaments for both men and women. They will take place on August 6-15 in Toronto, Ontario for men and Montreal, Quebec for women.

MyBookie brings you a full betting preview for the 2021 National Bank Open, where we take a look at the field of the competitors and provide you with all the information you’ll need to place bets on ATP Betting Odds.

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2021 National Bank Open 

  • When: August 6-15
  • Where: Aviva Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Stacked Field

The 2021 National Bank Open will feature a very stacked field on the men’s side. Although the current no.1, Novak Djokovic won’t be attending the event; there will be plenty of world-class talent in Toronto, competing for the lion’s share of the prize pool and glory that comes with winning the second-oldest tennis tournament (behind only Wimbledon).

Leading the field is the current no.2 Daniil Medvedev as the top-seeded player at 2021 National Bank Open. Rounding up the top-five seeds are Rafael Nadal (no.3), Stefanos Tsitsipas (no.4), Andrey Rublev (no.7), and Denis Shapovalov (no.10).

Seeds 5-10 will include the surging Casper Ruud (no12), Hubert Hurkacz (no.13), Diego Schwartzman (no.14), Félix Auger-Aliassime (no.15), and Roberto Bautista Agut (no.16).

A lot on the Line for Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal travels to Toronto as the reigning champion, having won the National Bank Open in 2019, when he beat Daniil Medvedev with 6-3, 6-0. It marked his fifth National Bank Open title in his career and his second in two years, having already won it in 2018 against Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-2, 7-6).

Nadal is the winningest player at the tournament and the only player in the field who has won here before. Obviously, the Spaniard will want to deliver in Toronto, where he could break three records.

If Nadal ends up winning the 2021 National Bank Open, he will become the sole Masters 100 record-holder. He is currently level with Novak Djokovic with 26 Masters 1000 titles; however, Djokovic’s withdrawal now gives Nadal a shot at claiming the sole ownership of the record for the most Masters titles.

Even if he fails to win, Nadal will have another shot at breaking the record at the Cincinnati Masters.

At the 2021 National Bank Open, Nadal could also become the first man to register 400 match wins at the Masters 1000. He has 398 match wins to his name with an outstanding 398-83 win/loss ratio at this level.

If Nadal reaches only the 2021 National Bank Open finals, he would equal Djokovic’s record for the most Masters 1000 finals. The Mallorcan has made it to the finals of a Masters 1000 event 52 times and is one short of Djokovic at 53.

Who Will Win the National Bank Open?

Barring any surprise last-minute withdrawals, the battle for the National Bank Open will likely come down to three men – Nadal, Tsitsipas, and Medvedev.

Many people will favor Nadal, which is entirely fair. He has proven his worth at the National Bank Open before and is the most experienced player out of the group of the leading betting favorites when it comes to winning big tournaments.

Having said that, you could make a strong case for Medvedev and Tsitsipas, who are both in great form. We like Medvedev slightly better out of the two, largely due to his strong record on hard courts. The Russian tennis star is 16/3 on the year on hard courts and 54/15 across the last three years. That translates to a 78.26% win rate.

Across his career, Medvedev has won 142 of 196 matches on hard courts (142/54) with a 72.45% success rate. In comparison, Tsitsipas’ career win rate on the surface is at 63.98% and is 16/4 on the year.

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