The Aussie duo of Kyrgios and De Minaur continued on their winning ways yesterday. Teenager De Minaur kicked things off with a comfortable straight sets win before Kyrgios came from a set down yet again – this time beating Dolgopolov. He takes on Dimitrov in the semi’s and can ill afford another slow start. In Doha Rublev takes on Monfils in the final after Thiem was forced to withdraw.
ATP Brisbane Feature Previews
Alex de Minaur v Ryan Harrison
The Wolf says there is no reason why the de Minaur fairy tale cannot continue. He is playing without fear and has been showing his more fancied opponents no more than the necessary respect they deserve. His confidence is through the roof and he has been the most dominant player in the tournament to date, winning all 3 of his matches in straight sets. Johnson and Raonic, two of the men he has already beat, are far superior to Harrison and The Wolf firmly believes that the crowd will be the telling factor in getting him over the line and into his maiden final.
Best Bet: De Minaur +1.5 ($1.85)
Grigor Dimitrov v Nick Kyrgios
There has been next to nothing between them in their two prior meetings but it is Dimitrov who has prevailed on both occasions. The telling factor in both matches has been the Bulgarian’s ability to put more pressure on his opponents serve. He has won 35% of points on the Kyrgios serve while the Aussie has managed to win just 1 in every 4 points when returning. In addition we have seen Kyrgios get off to very slow starts in both his matches this week. Look for Dimitrov to use his slice backhand regularly in this one in order to give Kyrgios a different look and to change to tempo in baseline rallies. He will also close the net which is something Kyrgios is yet to add to his game. Dimitrov in 3 with at least one tiebreaker.
Best Bet: Dimitrov WIN ($1.80)
|De Minaur v Harrison||Best: De Minaur +1.5 ($1.85)
Value: Sets De Minaur 2-0 ($3.80)
|Dimitrov v Kyrgios||Best: Dimitrov WIN ($1.80)
Value: 1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($3.00)
ATP Doha Feature Previews
Gael Monfils v Andrey Rublev
Monfils got a free ride into the final with Thiem pulling out due to a fever while Rublev found his best tennis when it counted – in the 3rd set breaker. The pair have never met but The Wolf knows exactly how this one will pan out. Rublev will be the aggressor and Monfils will elect to chase balls down from 3 metres behind the baseline. What Monfils will quickly find out is that the Russian has the weight of shot to hit right through him. Monfils will allow Rublev to take control of the rallies and the Russian will take the invitation with open arms. Rublev to grab his second career title.
Best Bet: Rublev WIN ($2.35)