Munich Open tennis preview, predictions and best bets: Zverev will be challenged

Germany's Alexander Zverev en route to winning a men's singles gold medal match against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 1, 2021, at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo.
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The clay-court swing continues on its way toward next month’s French Open when the BMW Open in Munich takes center stage this coming week. It’s a 250-point tournament on the men’s side (250 ranking points go to the winner, compared to 2000 at Grand Slams and 1000 at Masters events). Although it’s a lower-tier tournament on the ATP Tour, it boasts a strong field led by top-10 players Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud.

Let’s take look at the odds to win the Munich title and discuss the best bets to be made. It should be noted that the WTA Tour does not play this event, so there are no betting opportunities on the women’s side.

Munich Open odds

Here are the odds for the BMW Open men’s singles tournament, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Alexander Zverev +175
Casper Ruud +300
Diego Schwartzman +1200
Miomir Kecmanovic +700
Reilly Opelka +1000
Nikoloz Basilashvili +1600
Daniel Evans +1800
Filip Krajinovic +2200
Alex Molcan +2200
Cristian Garin +2800
Holger Rune +2800
Botic Van de Zandschulp +3500
Hugo Gaston +3500
Marton Fucsovics +3500
Emil Ruusuvuori +3500

3-star value play: Miomir Kecmanovic (+700)

Kecmanovic is one of the hottest player on tour right now. In fact, with Rafael Nadal currently injured perhaps only Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz is playing better tennis. Kecmanovic’s 2022 campaign includes quarterfinal performances as Masters 1000s in Indian Wells and Miami plus quarterfinal results in Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and this past week in Belgrade. The 22-year-old Serb also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. Kecmanovic’s lone ATP title came two years ago on the red clay of Kitzbuhel and he looks poised for another. The world No. 38 has a very favorable draw in Munich, finding himself in the weakest quarter of the bracket and in the opposite half from Zverev.

2-star value play: Casper Ruud (+300)

As the No. 2 seed, Ruud is obviously on the other side of the draw from Zverev – perhaps on a collision course with Kecmanovic for the semifinals. Eight of Ruud’s 10 ATP final appearances have come on clay, including six of his seven titles. The seventh-ranked Norwegian is the essence of a clay-court specialist. Even during the hard-court swing he made a run all the way to the Miami final, losing to Alcaraz. With Ruud in this kind of form in general, a relatively small clay-court event gives him a great shot at another title.

1-star value play: Emil Ruusuvuori (+3500)

At +3500 odds, Ruusuvuori is well worth a dart throw. So far this month the 23-year-old has won three matches in Monte-Carlo (two in qualifying) and two in Barcelona. He has a good draw through two rounds in Munich before potentially running into Zverev. Ruusuvuori won his only previous matchup with the German (Miami in 2021), so he would not be afraid of that possibility. The Finn has already reached one final in 2022 (Pune) and he could go one step farther than that in Munich.

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