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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Coric could be top dog in inaugural youngsters' bash

Well-backed Chung may prove a vulnerable market leader

Borna Coric could be the one to beat in Milan
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Next Gen ATP Finals
Sky Arena, 1pm & 6.30pm Tuesday

Hyeon Chung could prove a shaky favourite for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, which start in Milan at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Eight of the world's best players aged 21 or under will vie for the crown and things look a lot more open with Alexander Zverev having withdrawn in order to focus on the ATP Finals (the German is playing an exhibition clash at the Fiera Milano against Stefano Tsitsipas).

On Monday Chung was cut from 5-1 to go all the way, but having been drawn in the same group as top seed Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov and with Borna Coric a possible final rival, the South Korean looks short enough.

Solitary qualifier Gianluigi Quinzi, a former junior world number one, also enjoys a 2-0 head-to-head lead over Chung so punters are advised to look elsewhere for value.

Rublev and Shapovalov, the exciting Canadian 18-year-old, could battle for Group A honours, so outright bettors may be wiser concentrating on Coric in Group B.

The Croat finds himself up against useful Russians Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev as well as Jared Donaldson, an American whose height and strength could aid his cause.

However, Coric has gained plenty of experience having defeated a number of high-class opponents and he's a fighter too, which could help as the event progresses. Rublev, a fine player in the making, could prove his toughest rival.

There are four matches on day one, but it may pay to get a look at the court and format – sets are first to four games – before punting.

In the WTA Limoges 125K event, Maryna Zanevska looks a shade underrated for her clash with Kaia Kanepi. The Estonian is prone to form swings and the Ukrainian can be chanced with a start of 5.5 games.

Recommendations
B Coric to win Next Gen ATP Finals
1pt 9-2 general
M Zanevska +5.5 games
1pt 4-5 Betway, 188Bet


Next Gen ATP Finals
Venue Fiera Milano, Italy
Total prize money US$1,275,000
Category Season-ending youngsters championship
Groups – A Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, Hyeon Chung, Gianluigi Quinzi; B Karen Khachanov, Borna Coric, Jared Donaldson, Daniil Medvedev
Alternates Francis Tiafoe, Stefano Tsitsipas
Surface Indoor Greenset acrylic-on-wood hardcourt
Ball Head ATP
When to bet Singles starts at 1pm UK & Ireland time today
Where to watch Live daily coverage on Sky Sports
Time difference One hour ahead of the UK and Ireland


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Coric has gained plenty of experience having played and defeated a number of high-class opponents and he's a fighter too
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