The Zverev brothers headline the action tonight but we could see both of them make early exits. Older brother Mischa takes on Grigor Dimitrov while Alexander, backing up from Montpellier, faces the no.2 seed Dominic Thiem. The Wolf breaks down all of the action.
Grigor Dimitrov v Mischa Zverev
The pair have never met but this shapes as a very tough matchup for Zverev. Dimitrov has been on fire to start and backed up his semi final appearance in the Australian Open with a dominant title wining run in Sofia. Mischa on the other hand has come up short in the opening round in his last two matches – both against lower ranked opponents. The Bulgarian is in ominous form and Mischa doesn’t have the weapons to attack in this one. He doesn’t possess the power from the baseline and consequently is coming in to the net behind crafty shots. Dimitrov will make him play additional volleys and them make him pay. Straight sets.
Best Bet: Dimitrov -3.5 ($1.73)
Alexander Zverev v Dominic Thiem
These two will be entrenched in the top 10 for years to come and will have a rivalry to match some of the greatest we have seen. They met 4 times in 2016 with Thiem winning three of them but The Wolf says that their last encounter will provide us with the best guide heading into this one. The first three meetings (all won by Thiem) we played on clay, but the most recent was on a hard court with Zverev using his power game to dominate. We saw him get a stack of free points from his serve last week and The Wolf says it will again serve him well here. The backhand to backhand battle will be a mouthwatering clash but it it the German who has more consistency and a better ability to hit it up the line. It will be the difference!
Best Bet: Alexander Zverev WIN ($1.80)
Gilles Muller v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Muller has proved a to be a very tricky opponent for Tsonga in the past and has in fact won 3 of their 5 meetings. The fact that he is a lefty is the main reason why and he has continuously used his slider serve in the ad court to drag Tsonga wide. It is a spot in which the Frenchman is vulnerable and his return of serve from the backhand wing is probably the weakest part of his game. He struggles against Tsitsipitas last night and at the price The Wolf says Muller is value as the outsider. Take the veteran at the line and have something on him outright.
|Kuznetsov v Goffin||Goffin WIN ($1.29)|
|Klizan v Kohlschreiber||Sets Kohlschreiber 2-1 ($3.90)|
|Troicki v Gasquet||Gasquet -3.5 ($2.00)|
|Dimitrov v Mischa Zverev||Dimitrov -3.5 ($1.73)|
|Alexander Zverev v Thiem||Alexander Zverev WIN ($1.80)|
|Muller v Tsonga||Muller +2.5 ($1.80)|
|Basilashvili v Thompson||Over 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Young v Opelka||Opelka WIN ($2.10)|
|Kukushkin v Brown||Sets Kukushkin 2-1 ($4.40)|
|Nishioka v Isner||Isner -3.5 ($1.91)|