The Wolf’s feature previews went 4-0 yesterday with Pouille pushing Rafa to a deciding set, Zverev winning in straight, Raonic making an impressive return and Steve Johnson scoring a upset win over Thiem. Here is his in depth look at 2nd round action.
ATP Beijing Feature Previews
Nick Kyrgios v Mischa Zverev
The month off looked to have done Kyrgios more than a few favours as he demolished Basilashvili yesterday. It should be a very different story when he takes on Mischa Zverev. The German’s serve and volley game combined with the fact that he is a lefty make him one of the most awkward players to face on the tour. Zverev got the better of Kyrgios in Shanghai a year ago in their only meeting and it is a surprise to see him as such a big outsider. That encounter was one of Kyrgios’ infamous ‘give up’ games where he argued with both the umpire and members of the crowd. It will surely be mentioned leading into this one and it will be interesting to see if it has any effect on him. Both men will win a high percentage of points behind their 1st serve and The Wolf expects Zverev to target the Kyrgios backhand – in particularly with his serve and approach shots. Kyrgios claimed the title here a year ago but Zverev will push him all the way. Look for this one to go deep into a third set.
Best Bet: Over 22.5 games ($1.85)
Grigor Dimitrov v Juan Martin Del Potro
Prior to their last meeting in Cincinnati this year Del Potro held a 5-0 advantage in the H2H series. Dimitrov was able to turn the tables on the Argentine and it was the catalyst for his first Masters Series title. This is also a tournament that the Bulgarian has produced some of his best tennis. He beat Johnson, Pouille and Nadal before losing to Murray in the final last year. Wolfy is expecting him to target the Del Potro backhand and really stretch him with some inside-out forehands. After getting the monkey off his back in their last meeting we should see him go on with it.
Best Bet: Dimitrov +1.5 ($1.85)
ATP Beijing All Tips
|Kyrgios v M.Zverev||Over 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Lajovic v Darcis||Darcis WIN ($1.80)|
|Bedene v Bautista-Agut||Bautista-Agut -4.5 ($1.85)|
|Dimitrov v Del Potro||Dimitrov +1.5 ($1.85)|
ATP Tokyo Feature Previews
Diego Shwartzman v Bernard Tomic
Tomic delivered with a non-performance last time out and we will be fading him again according to The Wolf. Schwartzman holds a 2-0 lead in the H2H between them and has been playing at a very high level over the last few months. He made the quarters at both the US Open and Montreal Masters while Tomic has lost 4 of his last 5 matches on tour. We will see Schwartzman break the Tomic serve multiple times in each set so don’t hesitate to push the chips in on the Argentine at the line.
Best Bet: Schwartzman -2.5 ($1.73)
Ryan Harrison v Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson took some time off to celebrate his run at the US Open but returned in fine order – picking apart Gilles Simon. He won 85% of points behind his 1st serve and didn’t face a single break point. He is 2-0 against Harrison and is yet to drop a set against the American. Harrison has struggled against big servers as of late with 5 of his last 7 losses coming against men who dominate on serve – namely Berdych, Muller, Isner and Zverev. Anderson is as dominant as any of them meaning we won’t see Harrison come close.
Best Bet: Sets Anderson 2-0 ($1.65)
ATP Tokyo All Tips
|Dolgopolov v Medvedev||Dolgopolov WIN ($1.57)|
|Mannarino v Vesely||Under 22.5 games ($1.91)|
|Lopez v Goffin||Goffin -2.5 ($1.85)|
|Shwartzman v Tomic||Schwartzman -2.5 ($1.73)|
|Harrison v Anderson||Sets Anderson 2-0 ($1.65)|
|Cilic v Uchiyama||Under 19.5 games ($1.91)|