Can an American Finally Win Again in Washington?
Five American players are seeded as the North American hardcourt tennis season continues with a stop in Washington, D.C. at the Citi. The Favorites: Andrey Rublev, recent Wimbledon finalist Nick Krygios and Hubert Hurkacz are the favorites according to the ATP Citi Open odds.
Krygios won the title in Washington back in 2019 as an unseeded player and he is attempting to do that again.
Defending champion Jannik Sinner is not in the field and that means that Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro are the only repeat champions here since 2002. Zverev won in 2017 and 2018. As for Del Potro, he took the title in 2008 and 2009, winning over Andy Roddick in a third-set tiebreaker to complete the repeat.
Here’s a look at some of the top storylines as play in the main draw kicks into high gear
The Favorites: Rublev, Krygios, and Hurkacz
Rublev has won 11 ATP titles, but none on American soil. Still, that isn’t stopping him from leading the way to win the title, according to the ATP tennis betting odds.
He did reach the final in Cincinnati back in 2021 before falling in straight sets to Alexander Zverev. He has won three titles in 2022, two of them coming on hard courts. A Round of 16 meeting against Jack Sock could be interesting.
Krygios usually draws more attention for his antics than his tennis, however, he is coming off a run to the Wimbledon final – his first Grand Slam singles final and was part of the winning doubles team at the Australian Open earlier this year. Krygios defeated three seeded players and lost just one set en route to winning in Washington in 2019. He is somebody to keep an eye on and one of the favorites when it comes to the ATP City Open odds. Can he do it again?
Hurkacz reached the singles final at Miami in 2021 and won the doubles title along with John Isner in Miami in 2022 so he has tasted success on American soil.
Fritz Top American hopeful
There was a stretch when U.S. players won 13 of 20 men’s singles titles in this event. Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick, and James Blake are all former champions.
Roddick’s win in 2007 was the last by an American and he topped Isner in a hard-hitting final.
Isner reached the final in 2013 and 2015, falling in three sets both times.
Taylor Fritz is the No. 3 he has the best ATP Citi Open odds at +850 to win the title. Reilly Opelka is the No. 4 seed and he is well back at +2500 There are a couple of qualifiers in Fritz’s part of the draw while Krygios is a possible third-round opponent for Opelka.
Murray a Darkhorse Candidate
Andy Murray is no stranger to success on North American hard court events. While his best tennis appears to be behind him, he does come in at +1800 to win the tournament. Murray was a finalist at this event back in 2006. When looking at the ATP betting tips, it can be dangerous to count out Murray in a field as wide open as this one.
Murray reached two finals in 2022, most recently falling in three sets to Matteo Berrettini at Stuttgart last month. Murray takes on Mikael Ymer in the third matchup on Stadium Court on Monday.
Denis Shapovalov, Alex de Minauer, and Jenson Brooksby all come in at +1400 and are just ahead of Murray in the ATP Citi Open odds. Back in 2018, de Minauer advanced to the final at the Citi Open before losing to Alexander Zverev.Follow us on Twitter