The upsets came thick and fast yesterday with Aussie teenager Alex de Minaur stealing the show with his won over Milos Raonic. It didn’t stop there though with former junior number 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas taking down Gasquet in Doha. The Wolf said we will be hearing more about him in 2018 but it could happen sooner rather than later.
ATP Brisbane Feature Previews
Kyle Edmund v Hyeon Chung
It’s been a quick rise to the top for Hyeon Chung who put himself on the map during the clay court season last year. He made the quarters in Barcelona as a qualifier and the semi’s in Munich the following week before a quarter final run in Lyon. He then pushed Nishikori to 5 sets in the 3rd round at Rolland Garros which meant he no longer needed to go through the qualifiers. He had his troubles on the faster surfaces later in the year but got it together to take out the inaugural ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan. They are separated by just a year in terms of age but The Wolf says there is a significant gap between them physically. Edmund’s strength and power was on full display against Shapovalov and this surface suits his game far more than the Koreans. The Wolf has him rated as the favourite and says the bookies have got this one wrong.
Best Bet: Edmund WIN ($2.10)
Grigor Dimitrov v John Millman
Dimitrov will look to start 2018 exactly how he ended 2017 – by winning. He claimed four titles last season including the Cincinnati Masters and ATP Tour Finals. He is the defending champ here and along with Alexander Zverev was one of a select few who took advantage of the absence of Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka and co. He beat a quality field en route to the title here a year ago including Steve Johnson, Thiem, Raonic and Nishikori. This is a huge step up for Millman but the local boy is riding the wave after having a successful 2017 on the Challenger Tour. He was super aggressive in his opening match against Polansky and won a remarkable 83% of points behind his second serve. That will not be happening against Dimitrov and The Wolf believes that the Bulgarian could be a little slow to get going in his season debut. Millman is effective at trading blows from the baseline and his ability to get to the net and finish points adds a different dimension to this encounter. The Aussie underdogs have bee money with the handicap start all week log and we will stick with it.
Best Bet: Millman +4.5 ($1.73)
|Istomin v Donaldson||Istomin WIN ($1.91)|
|Edmund v Chung||Edmund WIN ($2.10)|
|Harrison v Hanfmann||Under 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Dimitrov v Millman||Millman +4.5 ($1.73)|
ATP Doha Feature Previews
Dominic Thiem v Stefanos Tsitsipas
The Wolf said Tsitsipas was a name we would be hearing more about but he wasn’t expecting him to have the match of his life against Gasquet. He crushed the Fenchman who had no answer for the Tsitsipas first serve and constant barrage of inside out forehands. Thiem had to dig deep for the second match in a row against a less fancied opponent and he will need to be at the top of his game to put away this emerging youngster. Tsitsipas has the power to pin Thiem deep in the court and it is something we have seen him struggle with on faster surfaces. He likes hitting off the back foot, especially off the backhand and The Wolf says it will be his undoing. Take Tsitsipas with the start and have something on him for the outright win.
Best Bet: Tsitsipas +2.5 ($2.00)
Gael Monfils v Peter Gojowczyk
Monfils has dropped a set in each of his two matches while Gojowoczyk has delivered for us and is quickly becoming a Wolfpack favourite. His one two punch behind the serve has been very effective and The Wolf expects him to employ similar tactics against Monfils. The Frenchman has been very inconsistent to date and is not the type of player that puts the foot on the throat once he gets ahead. The German will be in this one the entire way!
Best Bet: Gojowczyk +2.5 ($1.85)
|Basic v Pella||Over 22.5 games ($1.91)|
|Rublev v Coric||Numbers of Sets – 3 Sets ($2.20)|
|Thiem v Tsitsipas||Tsitsipas +2.5 ($2.00)|
|Monfils v Gojowczyk||Gojowczyk +2.5 ($1.85)|