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All roads lead to Tokyo as the Japan Open kicks off this week. This tournament will take place at the Ariake Coliseum, and will close out the Asian hard court swing. As it stands, there are two players left standing, and both players will battle it out for their first Japan Open title. Who will reign supreme when it’s all said and done?
Japan Open tips – Alex de Minaur to win outright @ 4/5 (1.80)
It’s important to point out that this hasn’t been a great tournament for the top seeds. There were three top 10 players in this year’s edition of the Japan Open, and none of those players made it through to the quarter-final. World number 9 Alexander Zverev crashed out in the first round, while world number 8 Casper Ruud and number 10 Taylor Fritz exited in the second round.
That said, our pick for the Japan Open title is Ben Shelton. To be fair, Aslan Karatsev has been nothing but spectacular in this competition. The Russian player took out players like Frances Tiafoe and Alex de Minaur; he reached the final without surrendering a single set.
On the other hand, Ben Shelton needed three sets in order to defeat three of his four opponents. It may interest you to know that these players met just last month; at the US Open on this surface. Ben Shelton came out on top in four sets, converting six of 10 break points. On that note, we are fairly confident that the US Open semi-finalist will win his first career ATP title today.
Frequently asked questions about the Japan Open
- Who won the Japan Open title last year? Taylor Fritz is the defending champion of the Japan Open.
- How many seeded players are there in the Japan Open?There are eight seeds at this year’s event.
- Who is the pre-tournament favourite to win the Japan Open? Alexander Zverev is favoured over every other player in this tournament.
- Where can I watch the Japan Open on TV? You can catch all the action live on Amazon Prime.
- What will the winner of the Japan Open get? Whoever wins this competition will get $347,390, as well as 500 ATP ranking points.
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