Del Potro made it back to back titles in Stockholm but winning this week will not be as easy with Federer and Cilic in the draw in Basel. Alexander Zverev headlines the field in Vienna where local hope Dominic Thiem will be looking to end his losing streak after having lost his last 5 matches on tour.
ATP Basel Feature Preview
Yuichi Sugita v Denis Shapovalov
Teenage sensation Denis Shapovalov is quickly finding out how tough the daily grind is on the main tour. In his two appearances since his run to the 4th round of the US Open he has come up short against Troicki and Escobedo. Sugita shapes as an easier assignment mainly because he will be able to dictate terms. The man from Japan does not have a power game and his weak serve will allow the youngster to attack. Shapovalov should find himself back in the winner’s circle.
Best Bet: Shapovalov WIN ($1.73)
Roberto Bautista-Agut v Mikhail Kukushkin
Due to his ranking Kukushkin has found himself either on the Challenger Tour or going through the qualifiers. After failing to make the main draw in Moscow last week he makes his way into the draw here following wins over Bodmer and Posposil. He will need to find another gear to compete with Bautista-Agut and The Wolf doesn’t think he has it. The Spaniard already has two titles to his name this season and is still an outside chance for the Tour Finals. Look for him to make a sneaky run this week.
Best Bet: Bautista-Agut -3.5 ($1.85)
|Sugita v Shapovalov||Shapovalov WIN ($1.73)|
|Chiudinelli v Haase||Sets Haase 2-0 ($1.67)|
|Bautista-Agut v Kukushkin||Bautista-Agut -3.5 ($1.85)|
|Chung v Lorenzi||Over 21.5 games ($1.80)|
ATP Vienna Feature Preview
Richard Gasquet v Feliciano Lopez
Richard Gasquet has been kind to The Wolfpack in recent weeks and we should see his good form continue. The Frenchman is 28-10 over the last 3 seasons when playing indoors which includes a title winning run in Montpellier last year. He is 5-1 lifetime against Lopez and has claimed all 4 of their previous meetings on hard courts. Wolfy was close to rolling out all 5 chips for a Gasquet win.
Best Bet: Gasquet WIN ($1.62)
Alexander Zverev v Viktor Troicki
The length of the season is clearly starting to take it’s toll on Alexander Zverev. He has not made a final since he beat Federer in Montreal and has in fact made it past the quarters in only 1 of his last 5 tournaments. His last two losses have come against Del Potro and Kyrgios – men with big games. Troicki is similar in that he relies on the combination of a big serve and a first strike. Troicki is a former semi finalist here and The Wolf has been quick to point out that he can do some damage indoors. Breaks of serve will be hard to come by making the Overs the play.
Best Bet: Over 21.5 games ($2.05)
|Simon v Gulbis||Simon -2.5 ($1.73)|
|Gasquet v Lopez||Gasquet WIN ($1.62)|
|Kohlschreiber v Isner||Over 24.5 games ($1.80)|
|A. Zverev v Troicki||Over 21.5 games ($2.05)|