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Odds and Betting Preview for the 2021 Laver Cup

| September 23, 2021 8:57 am PDT

Although there are no ATP points at stake, Laver Cup is one of the tennis events that everyone seems to be excited about. Six of the ATP Top 10 players have come to Boston to participate in this year’s tournament.

A part of the Laver Cup attraction is that this event pits some of the best players from Europe against those from other parts of the planet.

So far, we’ve witnessed three Laver Cups, all of which were won by Team Europe, captained by the most successful Swedish tennis player of all times, Björn Borg.

Led by American tennis legend John McEnroe, Team World fell short each time. The closest they came to winning the Laver Cup was in the previous installment of the tournament when they lost 11-9.

Two years later, Team World is once again the underdog. Are they going to lose the Laver Cup for the fourth straight time?

2021 Laver Cup Odds

Team Europe-400
Team World+275
2021 Laver Cup Graphic

You may think that the -400 odds on Team Europe are extremely short, but they were even shorter in the past.

In fact, ahead of the initial Laver Cup in 2017, the top tennis betting sites were giving -450 on Team Europe.

We all know that the betting odds don’t always tell the whole story. However, in the case of the Laver Cup, oddsmakers were right each time. The favorite (Team Europe) beat the underdog (Team World) in each of the three tournaments played thus far.

Is Team Europe going to keep its winning percentage at 100%? We’ll have to wait until Sunday, September 26 to find out the answer.

However, at this point, it really does seem Björn Borg’s boys are in for another title.

Why Team Europe is Such a Strong Favorite

Remember I told you that six players from the ATP Top 10 are playing in the 2021 Laver Cup? Well, all of them are in Team Europe, which explains why the odds on this team are so short.

Actually, there’s only one member of Team Europe who’s not near the top of the ATP Rankings. That man is Feliciano López, who’ll serve as an alternate player.

In layman’s terms, this means that if someone from Team Europe gets injured or too tired (or decides to quit the tournament for whatever reason), López is going to step in.

2021 Team Europe
Player ATP Rank
Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 2
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 3
Alexander Zverev (GER) 4
Andrey Rublev (RUS) 5
Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 7
Casper Ruud (NOR) 10
Feliciano Lopez (SPA) 110

The highest-ranked player to take part in the 2021 Laver Cup is Daniil Medvedev, the man who’s just won the 2021 US Open. In fact, the 3-0 win over the world no. 1 Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows was the last match he’s played.

Alexander Zverev

From New York, Medvedev is coming to Boston to play another hardcourt tournament. He’s already won three such tournaments this year, ramping up his career total to 13 hardcourt events.

One hardcourt tournament that he still hasn’t won is the Laver Cup. The reason? The 6’6 Russian has never played it before. However, some of his teammates are, including another 6’6 player with Russian heritage.

Alexander Zverev is the man I’m talking about, he’s the only player to be a part of Team Europe in all Laver Cup.

Actually, the only other Team Europe player with Laver Cup experience is the world no. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek rising star featured in the 2019 tournament when he was seventh in the ATP Rankings.

Can Team World Cause an Upset?

The good news for Team World is that the 2021 Laver cup isn’t taking place in Europe, as was the case with the previous tournament. This time, the venue is TD Garden in Boston.

Considering that four of the seven members of Team World are Americans, it’s likely that the spectators will be on this team’s side.

The bad news is that even with the fan support, Team World’s chances don’t look that great. These seven players just aren’t as good as those from Team Europe.

2021 Team World
Player ATP Rank
Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 11
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 12
Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 15
Reilly Opelka (USA) 19
John Isner (USA) 22
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 95
Jack Sock (USA) 164

The two Canadians – Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov – are John McEnroe’s key players. Unfortunately for the Team World captain, they have a bad record against the Europeans.

For example, Auger-Aliassime’s most recent match was the one against Medvedev in the semifinal of the 2021 US Open. The Russian won the match 3-0.

His fellow Canadian, Denis Shapovalov did much worse in that tournament – he got knocked out in Round 3.

If you’re wondering if Diego Schwartzman could help out, I say no. The guy’s been in a dreadful form in recent weeks. We even saw him losing to an unranked Belarus player in the Davis Cup in straight sets.

Still, the Team World member who’s most out of shape is Nick Kyrgios. The guy who once stood in 13th place in the ATP Rankings, has lost his four previous matches and is 5-6 on hardcourt this year.

In fact, the only players from Team World who seem to be doing relatively well are the three Americans – Opelka, Isner, and Sock (alternate player).

Betting on the 2021 Laver Cup

I have no doubt that Team Europe will continue its dominance in the Laver Cup. Unfortunately, bookmakers think so as well, hence the betting odds on Team Europe are super-short (-400).

Betting on the 2021 Laver Cup winner is not the only betting option. You can also bet on individual matches.

From Friday to Sunday, there will be four matches each day – three singles matches and one double. That’s 12 matches you can bet on!

Although the team captains still haven’t decided who’s playing against who, I can tell you my prediction – Medvedev is going to win all his matches.

The same goes for Tsitsipas and Zverev, while Rublev, Berrettini, and Ruud could slip a couple of times. Still, even if they do mess up, Team Europe will still win the title.

Time is running out to bet on the 2021 Laver Cup, but there is more where this came from. For the latest odds, predictions, and picks in the world of tennis betting, be sure to bookmark our tennis betting picks page.

Zarko Naric
Zarko Naric

Zarko Naric – the World's Greatest Sportswriter, according to his grandma.

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