We’re inching closer and closer to the US Open Grand Slam — but first, there’s the Cincinnati Masters (officially called Western & Southern Open) that runs August 14 through the 21st. For expert betting advice on the 2022 Cincinnati tourney, you’ll want to read this. We have free picks to win the men's and women’s singles bracket.
2022 Cincinnati Masters Men’s Singles Pick
We’ll get to our 2022 Cincinnati Masters men’s pick shortly, but we must begin with the current betting odds. The most popular online sportsbooks have set the following men’s players with the best odds at winning the ATP Masters 1000 event:
Notice Nadal is on the above list? That’s right, the 22-time Grand Slam winner (the most in history) is finally back on the playing field. This is Nadal's first return to the court since an abdominal injury forced him out of the Wimbledon semifinals in July. It’s also his first appearance at this event since 2017. For all his career success, Nadal has actually only won this event one time, back in 2013.
The 36-year-old Nadal has found the fountain of youth this season. He’s won four events this year, including the Australian Open and the French Open. His record in 2022 is 35-3, but despite all this success, we’re skipping out on betting Nadal here. More than anything else, Nadal is using this event for nursing back his health and “tune-up” for the final Grand Slam event. We don’t expect him to be in title-winning shape quite yet, so we’re fading him in Cincy.
As you’d probably expect, outside of Nadal, the betting favorites are Medvedev and Alcaraz. The two were in the same exact position at last week’s Canadian Open, but that didn’t stop each from shockingly losing in the Round of 32. If Medvedev fails to reach the quarters in Cincinnati AND Nadal does win, he would give up his No. 1 ranking status to the Spaniard. That’s not a spot the Russian wants to be in with the US Open right around the corner.
Our betting picks to win are none of the aforementioned players. No, we’re actually taking Casper Ruud, who is a +3300 longshot to win. He’s in the same draw as Alcaraz, but we prefer Ruud’s form as of late. The Norwegian won the Swiss Open toward the end of July and followed that with a semi-final appearance in Canada. He has a respectable 11-4 record on hardcourt this year, and our gut says he’ll make a deep run in Cincinnati.
2022 Cincinnati Masters Women’s Singles Pick
It probably comes as zero surprises that No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek is the favorite in the 2022 Cincinnati Masters women’s bracket. However, we’re actually surprised how big of a favorite she actually is. Take a look at the odds for the top women’s players, and bet on tennis’ most-used betting sites:
Our surprise in Swiatek’s runaway betting line is that she’s hardly competed on hardcourt this season. Before last week’s Canadian Open, she had gone more than 100 days without a hardcourt match. Swiatek won her first Canadian Open match but lost immediately after in the Round of 16. We're just not convinced this surface plays to her strengths, so we’re skipping out on betting Swiatek in Cincy.
If not Swiatek, then who? Welp, we’re riding the momentum of Halep, who is amid a “comeback tour.” The two-time Grand Slam champion has had an excellent 2022 campaign that was highlighted at the most recent Canadian Open. As the 15th seed, Halep won the entire bracket with a thrilling finals victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Like our men’s pick, we’re putting a huge premium on recent form with this Halep pick. Even before her Canada triumph, the Romanian player reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the Indian Wells Open. There's just a lot to like about Halep right now.
How To Watch & Bet On 2022 Cincinnati Masters
Not only are the best ATP and WTA players using the Western & Southern Open as a warm-up for the US Open — but so should you. The 2022 Cincinnati Masters is a perfect event to watch, and “scout” potential betting picks for the Grand Slam. If that sounds like a plan to you, make sure to tune into the Tennis Channel, which will exclusively air all the matches inside the United States.
As for locking in your bets — for both Cincinnati and New York later this month — the sportsbooks featured in the underneath table have you covered. Any one of these trustworthy betting sites will offer up-to-date odds for all ATP and WTA matchups over the next few weeks. Odds stretch from the usual moneylines to futures to props and everything in between.
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