Who Will Win Beijing and Tokyo?

This coming week is the ATP 500 events in Beijing and Tokyo and with the withdrawal of Djokovic from Beijing, there will be a new winner than the past four years. In the last 7 years, only one other player than Djokovic won the title(Berdych) but he will play Tokyo.

You can view the draw for Beijing here and for Tokyo here. For Beijing, I think the winner will come from Murray, Nadal, Thiem, Raonic, and Pouille. For Tokyo, I think the winner will be among the top four seeds Nishikori, Monfils, Berdych, and Cilic.

Murray only has Thiem in is half while the bottom half should be interesting with Nadal, Raonic, and Pouille battling out for a place in the final. Nadal and Pouille are in the same quarter which means the possibility of a US Open fourth round repeat.

Thiem and Zverev are drawn to meet in the first round which will be interesting too. They have already played each other four times(all on clay) and Thiem leads 3-0.

In Tokyo, I like Nishikori’s chances after the withdrawal of Stan(last year’s winner) because he is playing at home and has already won the title twice. But, of course, Cilic can be very dangerous and so can Monfils and Berdych.

It’s nice to have two of the big four back this week as well as Pouille who is an exciting prospect for the future. Hopefully, we will see some good matches that keep us busy until Shanghai next week!

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9 Comments

  1. Ruan can you come out with an article on players (men & women) getting exemption on banned substances due to medical reasons. To me this a joke.
    The perception now is those approving this, I believe is WADA, are corrupt. That is why they don’t want the tests to be released; so they have absolute power who can take banned drugs & who can’t.
    An example, Serena can take these without penalty due to medical condition. Is this a farce òr what?
    The other one is Rafa, he said he never took anything illegal sometime early this year & now with the hacker release, he said he took it because he got exemption from the authority; so he didn’t do anything against the law.
    Your take on all these bullshit.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Funny you mention it I’ve had an article finished about this for some time now but was hesitant to post it, Mike. I see Sharapova got her sentenced reduced today so maybe a good time to post it now.

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  2. Yes, would be great to see your thoughts on that!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey, Eric, I’ve been busy with exams. I plan on making a post today.

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    Eric Reply:

    I have a theory, maybe a silly conspiracy theory, about what’s going on at the top of tennis right now. Ever since Sharapova got busted for illegal substance use at the Australian Open, almost all of the top players suddenly fell apart or stopped playing. My silly suspicious mind tells me its not a coincidence that starting around that time Serena, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Byrdshit, Ferrer, Tsonga, Raonic, on and on might have been using borderline or questionable substances and got the message that there would be a crackdown. Am I being ridiculous????? Would really love to know what you think.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Impossible to say, Eric. There are other reasons why these players could be struggling.

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    Eric Reply:

    And best of luck with your exams brother!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks!

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