Last year, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic dominated the world of Men’s tennis. This year, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are experiencing a resurgence. But let’s turn our attention away from the big four for a moment and take a look at some of the promising players a little lower on the list.
The big four have been so dominant for so long that it’s easy to ignore the others. Here are some prop bets to consider.
Stan Wawrinka Odds
Stan Wawrinka ended 2016 in third place, behind Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. This year he finds himself in third place once again, this time behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
He’s had some decent performances this year, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and the finals at Indian Wells. But he was defeated at both events by fellow countryman Roger Federer.
Wawrinka is consistently ranked among the best but has never come all that close to the top. Perhaps 2017 will be his year, but he’s got some serious ground to make up.
Odds Wawrinka wins at least one Grand Slam in 2017: 7/1
Odds Wawrinka finishes the year above third place: 17/3
O/U on title wins in 2017: 1.5
Odds Wawrinka beats Federer at least once in 2017: 7/1
Nick Kyrgios Odds
At his best, the fiery Kyrgios can hold his own against the very best. Problem is, the volatile Australian is rarely at his best. Kyrgios is part of a select group to have defeated Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic in their first meeting, and the 22-year-old still has a lot of time to develop.
He’s had disciplinary issues throughout his entire career, though. And his lack of focus could be his downfall. In terms of results, he hasn’t had the best start to the year. But he did pull off a convincing win against Djokovic and a grueling tiebreak loss to Federer.
O/U on Kyrgios’ year-end ranking: 15.5
Odds Kyrgios is disciplined for on-court behaviour in 2017: 3/1
Odds Kyrgios reaches a Grand Slam final: 4/1
Milos Raonic Odds
Milos Raonic broke the top three in 2016 but he’s since dropped back down to sixth. The Canadian has been dealing with injury, which has led to a pretty quiet year so far. He’s yet to claim his first title, though he did reach the semifinals of the Brisbane International and the quarters at the Australian Open.
In the ATP Singles Race Rankings, he’s currently at a disappointing 12th.
Odds Raonic wins at least one Grand Slam in 2017: 9/1
O/U on Raonic’s year-end ranking: 7.5
O/U on title wins in 2017: 0.5
Odds Raonic beats Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, or Murray in 2017: 5/1
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