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Cordoba Open: Betting Preview, Predictions & Odds

While it's true that only four of the top 50 players are participating here, there's plenty of talent on this surface, and winning the title will be a challenging feat.

Cordoba Open: Betting Preview, Predictions & Odds
Cordoba Open: Betting Preview, Predictions & Odds

It's an exciting time for tennis fans as the tour ventures into the world of high-altitude competition this week, making its first stop in Cordoba for the start of the South American 'Golden Swing' on clay courts. February always brings out the best in dirtballers; this event is no exception.

While it's true that only four of the top 50 players are participating here, there's plenty of talent on this surface, and winning the title will be a challenging feat.

If you've been following our previews, you'll know that we always take the altitude factor seriously. The tennis balls tend to behave differently at higher altitudes, with increased "flight." This can favour power-hitters and big servers, but what truly matters is a player's ability to control the ball and adjust their shot weight to the conditions. It's easy to hit the ball long at altitude.

When it comes to such events, it's crucial to identify players with a strong track record at high altitudes, and we have a couple of contenders who fit the bill in Cordoba, which sits over 400 meters above sea level.

First up is Albert Ramos-Vinolas, a seasoned Spanish player who has previously delivered in altitude events, including a victory right here in 2022. Ramos-Vinolas has a remarkable record at high altitudes, with two of his four career titles and eight of his 12 finals in such conditions. If anyone can be considered an altitude specialist, it's him. With his past success in Cordoba, we expect him to adapt well to the conditions, which may not be true for some higher-seeded players.

Albert Ramos-Vonolas' ATP Finals

ResultW–LDateTournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Loss0–1Apr 2012Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco250 SeriesClaySpain Pablo Andújar1–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win1–1Jul 2016Swedish Open, Sweden250 SeriesClaySpain Fernando Verdasco6–3, 6–4
Loss1–2Oct 2016Chengdu Open, China250 SeriesHardRussia Karen Khachanov7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Loss1–3Mar 2017Brasil Open, Brazil250 SeriesClayUruguay Pablo Cuevas7–6(7–3), 4–6, 4–6
Loss1–4Apr 2017Monte-Carlo Masters, MonacoMasters 1000ClaySpain Rafael Nadal1–6, 3–6
Loss1–5Feb 2018Ecuador Open, Ecuador250 SeriesClaySpain Roberto Carballés Baena3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Win2–5Jul 2019Gstaad, Switzerland250 SeriesClayGermany Cedrik-Marcel Stebe6–3, 6–2
Loss2–6Jul 2019Austrian Open, Austria250 SeriesClayAustria Dominic Thiem6–7(0–7), 1–6
Loss2–7Feb 2021Córdoba Open, Argentina250 SeriesClayArgentina Juan Manuel Cerúndolo0–6, 6–2, 2–6
Win3–7May 2021Estoril Open, Portugal250 SeriesClayUnited Kingdom Cameron Norrie4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Win4–7Feb 2022Córdoba Open, Argentina250 SeriesClayChile Alejandro Tabilo4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss4–8Jul 2023Gstaad, Switzerland250 SeriesClayArgentina Pedro Cachin6–3, 0–6, 5–7

Speaking of the top seeds, Francisco Cerundolo, Sebastian Baez (the defending champion), and Tomas Etcheverry, all representing Argentina, are coming to Cordoba directly from Davis Cup duty at sea level in Rosario. The abrupt change in conditions could pose a challenge for them, and despite potential first-round byes, they might not be the best bets.

Top Seeds

SeedPlayerCountry
1🇦🇷 Francisco CerúndoloArgentina
2🇦🇷 Sebastián BáezArgentina
3🇦🇷 Tomás Martín EtcheverryArgentina
4🇦🇹 Sebastian OfnerAustria
5🇩🇪 Daniel AltmaierGermany
6🇨🇱 Alejandro Tabilo (withdrawn)Chile
7🇩🇪 Yannick HanfmannGermany
8🇪🇸 Roberto Carballés BaenaSpain

In addition to Ramos-Vinolas, we're putting our faith in ALEJANDRO TABILO, the Chilean player who lost to Ramos-Vinolas in the 2022 final here. Tabilo should have an advantage as he spent the weekend in Santiago representing Chile in the Davis Cup, winning the decisive rubber. Moreover, his recent form is impressive, with 22 wins in his last 25 matches. Tabilo secured his first ATP title in Auckland last month, demonstrating solid clay court skills.

Considering his excellent form and ability to adapt to altitude conditions, Tabilo is a valuable choice at 14/1 odds. He shares a quarter of the draw with Baez and faces Sebastian Ofner, who comes from indoor hardcourts in Ireland, which is not an ideal transition.

All things considered, it's a good time to keep an eye on Ramos-Vinolas and Tabilo as they embark on their altitude adventure in Cordoba.

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