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2017 Next Gen ATP Finals betting guide, tips & predictions: Full guide to the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan

Bettingpro Staff 11 Nov 2017
  • The inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals sees an eight-player field led by Andrey Rublev, Borna Coric and Denis Shapovalov face off in Milan
  • Next Gen ATP Finals tennis is live from Milan from 7-11 November 2017
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Milan at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Denis Shapovalov is one of eight young stars appearing at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, live from Milan from 7-11 November 2017 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals are live from Milan from 7-11 November 2017 and has a full guide to the tournament featuring the best young stars of men’s tennis, including outright betting tips, predictions and live streaming links to watch matches online. 

Day 5 Betting Tips

Back Hyeon Chung to beat Andrey Rublev

Chung and Rublev meet for the third time on Saturday, with the Korean holding a 2-0 advantage over his Russian opponent. Apart from the win in Milan, Chung also beat Rublev at Winston-Salem, coming back from a set down to dominate the Russian.

It is interesting to note that while Rublev has gradually got better in Milan, Chung has struggled relatively as the tournament has progressed. The 21-year-old Korean is a perfect 4-0 at the World Tour Finals, but since his straight-sets demolition of Chung in his second group match, he has required five sets in each of his last two matches. Could it be that he might have peaked too early and lost some momentum heading into Saturday’s final?

Despite all of that, I still side with Chung to come through this one- his solidity from the baseline is designed to frustrate aggressors like Rublev, who can get wild (in terms of shot selection and execution) if things do not go their way. Chung has also attacked when he’s had the chance, and that balance between offence and defence could lead him to a maiden ATP World Tour title on Saturday.


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Day 1 Results

Outright betting tips

Although the Next Gen ATP Finals has found itself mired in accusations of sexism before it’s even started, after an off-colour draw ceremony featuring models as living draw counters, it still promises to be a must-watch week. 

A group of still largely unseasoned young players, a first-time event and a slew of format and rule changes designed to ensure fast-paced and entertaining tennis all add up to an extremely unpredictable event, where the winner will likely be the one who can embrace the chaos of an event which includes coaching during matches, free movement for fans in the arena, no-ad scoring, a shot clock and best-of-five set matches in which each set is first to four.

It’s also a tournament in which the head-to-heads offer little guidance, with few of the players ever having faced each other as pros, although they will have played as juniors.

At first place, Group A is definitely the tougher of the two round-robin, four-player sections, featuring as it does top seed Andrey Rublev, tournament favourite Hyeon Chung and Denis Shapovalov, the explosive young Canadian who made the semifinals of the Canada Masters, as well as Italian wildcard Gianluigi Quinzi. 

Quinzi (25/1 @ Unibet), who won a play-off with other Italian players aged 21 and under to earn the eighth place in the draw, is currently ranked world no. 306 and looks to be the easiest out, but even he can’t be completely discounted as he has already had some experience with the tournament format. Still, he’s a bit out of his league among the other three. 

Rublev (6/1 @ Ladbrokes) is the highest-ranked player in the tournament at world no. 37 and one of only two men in the field to have won an ATP World Tour title in 2017, triumphing on clay in Umag. He was also a quarterfinalist at the US Open, where he beat Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin – but the Russian comes into Milan on a very poor run of form. He’s on a four-match losing streak and hasn’t won a match indoors this autumn, but on the other hand he did record strong results at two Challengers on indoor hard courts in the spring, making the semifinals in Quimper and finishing runner-up in Rennes.

Bookmakers seem to be eschewing Rublev, probably on the grounds of his recent form, and going for Hyeon Chung instead – which is not totally surprising. Chung (4/3 @ Unibet) has plateau’d a bit since shooting up into the top 100 in 2014 and his most notable results in 2017 – a semifinal in Munich and a quarterfinal in Barcelona – both came on clay, but the world no. 54 has played well in recent weeks, winning at least one match on indoor hard courts in Stockholm, Basel and Paris.

Chung’s style of shotmaking should play well on these courts in Milan but when it comes to shotmakers, don’t sleep on Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian, who at 18 is the youngest man in the field, is 6/1 @ Unibet and it’s understandable that many would question his relative inexperience compared to the likes of Rublev and Borna Coric. He also went 1-3 on indoor hard courts coming into Milan. Still if Shapovalov can find his feet he could well blast through the steadier games of Chung in particular and Rublev and I also think relative inexperience might help him to adjust well to the innovative format.

With three of the top four bookies’ favourites coming from Group A, whoever comes out of Group B might actually have an advantage if they can get to the semifinals with less energy expanded and Borna Coric (9/2 @ Unibet) is definitely the man to watch in the second foursome. 

Coric, currently ranked world no. 48, is very much the forgotten man of the Next Gen, one of the first to break through with early wins over Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray but suffering from injury and eclipsed by the likes of Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Shapovalov. The Croatian won his first title on clay in Marrakech in April and was a quarterfinalist at the Madrid Masters, and played his way into some good form with a run through qualifying in Paris. A counterpuncher and aggressive defender rather than an out-and-out explosive attacker, Coric’s all-round game could work well on the Milan courts.

Cincinnati Masters quarterfinalist Jared Donaldson (9/1 @ Sky Bet) seems to share his countrymen’s common issue with not playing well outside of the USA and comes into Milan on a four-match losing streak, while Karen Khachanov (7/1 @ betway) is a notable young powerhouse, but is also on a four-match losing streak and one suspects he won’t play his best tennis indoors. Daniil Medvedev (15/2 @ Sky Bet) could be a bit of a steal when it comes to getting out of the group. He’s won back-to-back matches on indoor hard courts twice recently – at the ATP World Tour 250 in Moscow, where he beat Pablo Carreno Busta, and at the Brest Challenger – and the Chennai runner-up has proven quite adept at taking down aggressive players over the course of 2017. 

It’s easy to envisage Coric and Medvedev making it out of Group B, but you would probably favour any of the three possible semifinalists from Group A – Rublev, Chung and Shapovalov – in those final-four clashes. Chung is in some nice form, but when it comes to shotmakers, there’s nobody more promising than Shapovalov (6/1 @ Unibet). The kid loves the big stage and he’s shown unmistakable star quality. At an event with so many unknowns, you could do worse than betting on that. 

Next Gen ATP Finals 2017 tournament schedule

Next Gen ATP Finals tournament information

Fast facts about the Next Gen ATP Finals

Next Gen ATP Finals
Dates7-11 November
LocationMilan, Italy
SurfaceHard courts (indoor)
Number of players8
First played2017
ATP ranking points on offer0
Prize moneyUS$ 1.275

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