We didn’t have to wait long for the upsets to begin with Tomas Berdych the first casualty in Doha. We will be hoping for much of the same in Brisbane, in particular in the match between Aussie teenager Alex de Minaur and Milos Raonic. That match will follow the all Australian affair between Kyrgios and Ebden.
ATP Brisbane Feature Previews
Nick Kyrgios v Matthew Ebden
They have hit a tonne of balls with one another on the practice courts but this will be the first meeting on tour between the pair. Kyrgios has looked very comfortable on serve in the doubles while Ebden will be quietly confident after a solid run of results. He won multiple Challenger events last year and his opening round win over Tiafoe was impressive to say the least. This is the type of match which spells trouble for Kyrgios. It is a match he is expected to win but against a fellow countryman The Wolf doesn’t believe he has developed that killer instinct just yet. He can see Ebden forcing at least one breaker which makes the +4.5 start very appealing.
Best Bet: Ebden +4.5 ($1.73)
Alex De Minaur v Milos Raonic
We could have yet another Aussie teenage sensation on our hands with 18 year old Alex De Minaur. A year ago he had wins in Sydney and the Australian Open but failed to win again on the main tour. He is off to a similar start in 2018 following a huge upset win over Steve Johnson in the opening round here. The American was somewhat an ideal opponent leading into the clash with Raonic as he has a similar game built around a big serve and a heavy inside out forehand. Breaking serve has never been a big strength for Raonic and with De Minaur winning almost 80% of points on serve he will be able to keep it close.
Best Bet: Over 21.5 games ($1.80)
|Zeballos v Dolgopolov||Zeballos +3.5 ($1.85)|
|Kyrgios v Ebden||Ebden +4.5 ($1.73)|
|M.Zverev v Mmoh||1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($4.00)|
|De Minaur v Raonic||Over 21.5 games ($1.80)|
ATP Doha Feature Previews
Jan-Lennard Struff v Gael Monfils
Struff didn’t just take a set of Berdych overnight, he caused the upset of the day by defeating the big serving Czech. The Wolf is now going to stick by him against Monfils. The Frenchman had his problems against Lorenzi with several double faults at crucial times putting him under real pressure. The key for Struff is dealing with the Monfil serve. He did well to combat the Berdych serve and was able to win his fair share of points on his second serve. He will need to do much of the same against Monfils with deep returns holding the key to success. Anything short will allow Monfils to walk all over him. This one will be going the distance.
Best Bet: Over 22.5 games ($2.00)
Stefanos Tsitsipas v Richard Gasquet
The Wolf says to take note of the name ‘Tsitsipas’ as it will be one that we will be hearing a lot more of in 2018. A former junior world number 1 he beat Karlovic and Goffin en route to making the semi’s in Antwerp late last year and had over 50 wins at Challenger and Futures level. He has a big game and can be a very awkward opponent. Just like Gasquet he has a single handed backhand and it should make for some very intriguing rallies. Tsitsipas has come all the way through the qualifiers here and will be a much sterner test than many expect. He consistently wins over 80% of points behind his first serve and we see him get involved in a lot of breakers. He should not be getting 4.5 games start and The Wolf says he is a good chance at causing an upset.
Best Bet: Tsitsipas +4.5 ($1.70)
|Verdasco v Rublev||Over 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Basilashvili v Coric||Basilashvili 3.5 ($1.73)|
|Lopez v Basic||1st Set Score After 4 Games 2-2 ($1.91)|
|Thiem v Bedene||Bedene +3.5 ($1.91)|
|Berrettini v Gojowczyk||Gojowczyk WIN ($1.67)|
|Travaglia v Pella||Under 22.5 games ($1.73)|
|Struff v Monfils||Over 22.5 games ($2.00)|
|Tsitsipas v Verdasco||Tsitsipas +4.5 ($1.70)|