Make It Monfils

  • By: Derek Bilton
  • Last Updated: September 24 2012, 9:06 BST

Monfils: Can land the spils in Thailand

2pts Gael Monfils to win the Thailand Open at 8/1 (Bet Victor)

1pt e.w. Juan Monaco to win the Malaysian Open at 10/1 (Boylesports)


The ATP action moves to Southeast Asia this week where Janko Tipsarevic is the favourite to land the Thailand Open.

The Serb is making his debut at the event and returns to action for the first time since his epic US Open defeat to David Ferrer. Tipsarevic has always had talent but he has found a new level of consistency over the past 18 months. That said, he looks plenty short at 5/2 in a field stacked with talent.

Milos Raonic has already claimed two ATP World Tour titles this season and the big-serving Canadian will always be a handful on quick surfaces. So too Bernard Tomic, a 6'5 Aussie powerhouse who won junior titles at the Australian and US Opens.

2009 champion Gilles Simon has the guile and skill to do damage, however the player who gets our vote this week is Gael Monfils.

The 26-year-old has endured a frustrating summer due to injury but made a promising comeback in Metz last week and the Frenchman won't fear anyone in this draw.

He has won titles on this type of track before and if he can get his serve working consistently then he looks a great bet at 8/1.

In Kuala Lumpur, Ferrer is an 11/8 jolly to claim the Malaysian Open.

The world number five made the semi-finals on his last appearance here in 2010 and he'll be hoping to go one better this week. Ferrer is one of the fittest players on the Tour and his grinding style from the baseline makes him a nightmare to play against.

Kei Nishikori and Alexandr Dolgopolov are also expected to go well but at 10/1 I like the look of Juan Monaco.

The Argentine was brought up on the clay but he's had some decent results on other surfaces and he is a player who could crack the world top 10 before the year is out.

Monaco has bags of skill and is also very tenacious. Like Ferrer he is a player who is prepared to duke it out from the baseline and his serve seems to have improved this season, meaning he is getting more cheap points.

It's a big ask but at double figure prices the Latino is worth an each-way punt to get the better of a mediocre field.

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