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Tennis: ATP Queen's preview

For those on the ATP Tour, the clay-court season is in the rearview mirror and this week attention turns to the historic ATP Queen's in West Kensington.

Established back in 1889, Queen's should give punters great insight into who could impress at Wimbledon and this year it looks a particularly competitive field.

What: ATP Queen's

Where: Queen's Club, London, England

When: Starts Monday 13th June

How to watch: BBC, Amazon Prime Video

Odds: Marin Cilic 6/1, Matteo Berrettini 13/2, Casper Ruud 7/1

All eyes on Berrettini

Everything points to a successful ATP Queen's campaign for second seed Matteo Berrettini, who is 13/2 to lift the trophy.

The Italian is not only defending champion but also followed his title triumph last year with a run to the final of Wimbledon, where he took a set off eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

He is a dangerous operator on grass and goes into this event fresh from making the final of the ATP Stuttgart, his first tournament on the surface this year.

But while Berrettini will draw in many punters, his route to the final will not be straightforward.

He opens against Dan Evans and is 1/2 to see off the Briton, who is 13/8 to pull off a surprise win in the first round, while he could also face fellow ATP Stuttgart finalist Andy Murray later in the tournament.

Beating British talents at Queen's is no easy feat and Berrettini may not be the best bet in London this week.

Ruud looks to build on French Open success

Another one sure to attract the attention of bettors at the ATP Queen's is youngster Casper Ruud, whose confidence should be high after he reached his first ever Grand Slam final at the French Open earlier this month.

Ruud was ultimately beaten by 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal but has been allocated as top seed at Queen's, where he opens against Briton Ryan Peniston.

Ruud is 1/4 to come out on top with Peniston available at 3/1.

Following his French Open heroics, Ruud is 7/1 in the ATP Queen's outright market but punters should be cautious of reading too much into his clay-court form.

On grass, Ruud lacks as much experience, having won only two of his six matches on the surface and there is a better outright selection than the improving Norwegian.

Cilic can roll back the years at Queen's

Marin Cilic has two ATP Queen's titles to his name with the last of those coming back in 2018 but the 33-year-old Croatian demonstrated earlier this month that he is far from past it.

Cilic enjoyed a run to the last four of the French Open, losing to Ruud in the semi-finals but defeating the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev.

And on grass he is even better, having won 77 of his 108 matches on the surface. Only Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Roger Federer can better that record.

Time may not be on Cilic's side but he will be determined to make a mark at Queen's once again and has a fairly favourable draw with the grass-averse Ruud the toughest opponent he could face in his half and fourth seed Taylor Fritz arguably his hardest potential quarter-final opponent. At 6/1, Cilic is well priced to win this Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

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