The only Masters 1000 World Tour in Asia once again descends in Shanghai. As the 2012 tennis season slowly comes to an end, Shanghai is the second last Masters 1000 Tour before the season-ending finale in London. Unibet is again offering fantastic Pre Match and Live markets on the tournament.
The Shanghai Rolex Masters was voted by ATP players as the Tournament of the year for the third year running in 2011. Perhaps players are impressed by the magnolia-shaped retractable roof in the main stadium, which resembles Shanghai’s city flower. What is equally impressive is Andy Murray’s (pictured) record in this tournament as he has won back to back titles in the last two years, beating Roger Federer and David Ferrer in straight sets respectively. Murray is at odds of $3.20 to repeat the trick but has yet to win a Masters 1000 title in 2012. However, he is the man in form with his confidence sky-high after capturing Olympic Gold then the US Open – his first Grand Slam trophy, and he will surely have the Shanghai title in his sights.
Roger Federer has had a wonderful 2012. Not only did he capture his seventh Wimbledon title, he also recaptured the World No.1 crown, having lost it to Nadal back in June 2010. Federer has won the most Masters 1000 titles in 2012, having been crowned champion in Indian Wells, Madrid and Cincinnati and the Swiss maestro is definitely the one to watch. He is also priced at $3.20 to win his fourth Masters 1000 title this year. However, one should never discount Novak Djokovic. The Serb has had a steady performance since shooting up to World No.1 in 2011 and though the No.1 spot has now been taken over by Federer, Djokovic still had a decent 2012, winning the Australian Open and two Masters 1000 titles in Miami and Toronto and he is the favourite to win the Shanghai Masters, at odds $2.75.
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With Rafael Nadal still out injured, perhaps it’s the chance for players outside the “Big 4” to win a Masters 1000 title. However, not since Robin Söderling’s title in Paris in 2010 had this been achieved. Tomáš Berdych might have other ideas though, as he was narrowly defeated by Federer in the Madrid Masters final earlier this year and made the semi-finals of the recent US Open, losing to eventual winner Andy Murray in a wind affected match. He also has some added incentive as David Ferrer is out injured, and he will replace the Spaniard at World No.5 if he wins the title at odds of 16.00. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could also be in with a shout. He was ranked fifth from April to June this year but has since slipped to seventh but like Berdych he can recapture the World No.5 position if he wins and other results go his way and is backable at odds of 45.00. John Isner and Richard Gasquet, finalists in the Indian Wells and Toronto Masters respectively this year, are backable at odds $65.00 and $100.00 to do one better in Shanghai.
“We are seeing a lot of bets on Andy Murray (pictured), especially after he won his maiden Grand Slam title. He has won two Masters 1000 title every year since 2009. With only two Masters 1000 Tournaments left this year, it would be interesting to see if he can maintain this record.