Prior to getting into today’s preview The Wolf wants to call out Grigor Dimitrov. His loss to Jaziri in the opening round in Dubai is unacceptable and the reason why he has not, and will not win a Grand Slam. He converted just 1 of 8 break point opportunities and had 12 double faults. We will be steering well clear of the Bulgarian in the upcoming Masters Series events.
In other news, Rafa’s hip injury flared up again in training meaning Federer will hold on to top spot in the rankings for at least another week. It leaves the draw wide open in Acapulco in a field that has some very dangerous players remaining including Del Potro, Alexander Zverev, Shapovalov and Australia’s own Thanasi Kokkinakis.
ATP Dubai Preview
Karen Khachanov v Lucas Pouille
They last met just a matter of days ago in the final of Marseille and on that occasion it was Khachanov who came out on top in a three set nail biter. Khachanov had to work very hard to beat Istomin in his opening match here while Pouille was comfortable in his win over Gulbis. The Khachanov serve is the key stroke in this match. Pouille was unable to deal with it in Marseille, winning just 26% of return points. It is extremely difficult to win tennis matches when you cannot make any inroads on your return games. In addition, the Frenchman converted 2 of 3 break point opportunities compared to 3 of 10 for Khachanov. It all lines up for a Khachanov win.
Best Bet: Khachanov WIN ($1.91)
Stefanos Tsitsipas v Philipp Kohlschreiber
We were on Tsitsipas in the opening round and The Wolf has him making plenty of noise against the German veteran in this one. Tsitsipas consistently finds himself in closely contested sets and it comes on the back of his ability to hold serve. There have been 12 or more games in 7 of the last 11 sets he has contested and it is a similar story for Kohlschreiber who has gone 6 of 9 in the same category. Kohlschreiber will use his creativity and variery to break up the rhythm of Tsitsipas whiole the Greek will target the Kohlschreiber backhand with his big serve and forehand. There will be nothing between them and The Wolf can see them going the distance.
Best Bet: Over 22.5 games ($1.91)
|Bautista-Agut v Herbert||Over 21.5 games ($1.85)|
|Paire v Coric||Coric WIN ($1.62)|
|Khachanov v Pouille||Khachanov WIN ($1.91)|
|Sugita v Struff||Sugita WIN ($1.91)|
|Krajinovic v Baghdatis||Baghdatis +1.5 ($1.80)|
|Donskoy v Dzumhur||Dzumhur -2.5 ($1.85)|
|Jaziri v Haase||Sets Haase 2-0 ($1.97)|
|Tsitsipas v Kohlschreiber||Over 22.5 games ($1.91)|
ATP Acapulco Preview
Feliciano Lopez v Thanasi Kokkinakis
If Kokkinakis can just stay on court for more than 6 months at a time there is no doubt that we will see him catapult up the rankings. He has a big game, has no real weakness from the back of the court and can hit winners from all angles. He simply needs matches under his belt to get more confidence and this is the type of match that he could struggle in. Points in matches involving Lopez rarely go beyond 5 strokes and that will prevent Thanasi from finding any sort of rhythm. They will be going the distance as a result making the Overs a special!
Best Bet: Over 23.5 games ($1.91)
Juan Martin Del Potro v David Ferrer
At one stage the H2H in this series read 6-2 in Ferrer’s favour but the Argentine has won the last 3 meetings – all in straight sets. At 35, Ferrer is not the player he used to be and Del Potro has the power to hit him right off the court. The Spaniard does not have the serve to help generate free points and that has left him heavily exposed in recent seasons as he can no longer rely on his athleticism to win him matches. The Wolf is rubbing his palms together in excitement with Del Potro is straight sets paying more than even money.
Best Bet: Sets Del Potro 2-0 ($2.02)
|Harrison v Schwartzman||Schwartzman WIN ($1.57)|
|Shapovalov v Thiem||Over 22.5 games ($1.73)|
|Lopez v Kokkinakis||Over 23.5 games ($1.91)|
|Gojowczyk v A.Zverev||Gojowczyk +3.5 ($2.05)|
|Mannarino v Anderson||Anderson -3.5 ($2.00)|
|Del Potro v Ferrer||Sets Del Potro 2-0 ($2.02)|