It’s finals time in Geneva and Lyon as the players looks to hit the ground running for the French Open which starts tomorrow. The Wolf is excited about one man in particular, Stan Wawrinka. He told us to have something on him to win the French earlier in the week at $21 and his price has since been slashed thanks to his run in Geneva this week and the fact that he is in the opposite half of the draw to Rafael Nadal. He says the $13 for Stan to win the French is still the bet of the tournament.
Tomas Berdych v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Berdych raised a few eyebrows overnight with his straight sets win over Raonic and it came on the back of some clutch play under pressure in both tiebreakers. Meanwhile Tsonga never looked in danger despite dropping the second set to Kuznetsov. This will be the 14th meeting between the tour veterans with Berdych holding a 9-4 advantage. It will be their 3rd meeting this year after splitting the first two in Doha and Rotterdam. Berdych is 2-5 in finals on clay losing his last 3 and The Wolf cannot believe the following stat, but this is Tsonga’s first ever clay court final!!! In terms of movement on the surface Wolfy gives Tsonga the nod but Berdych has an advantage on the backhand wing – especially defensively. Both players love the inside out forehand but it is the Czech who will be able to counter that shot more effectively. Looks like going down to the wire but The Wolf has Berdych grabbing his 14th career title.
Best Bet: Berdych WIN ($1.80)
Value: Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.20)
Stan Wawrinka v Mischa Zverev
The 2015 French Open Champion is hitting his straps at just the right time. He’s had far from the toughest of draws but match practice and wins will give him the world of confidence heading into Paris. The Wolf expected a big week from him and he has delivered. Stan has won 11 of his last 13 tour finals is still seeking his first tour title. This is just his second final and first since 2010! He has served his way out of trouble all week. He has to be commended for his efforts after coming through the qualifiers, beating Isner, Johnson and Nishikori en route to the final. The Wolf cannot see him getting a look in on Stan’s serve and Wawrinka only needs to get hot for 20 minutes to take the match away from the German. Stan plays his best tennis in finals so look for him to dominate.
Best Bet: Wawrinka -4.5 ($1.91)
Value: 2nd Set Score After 6 games Wawrinka 4-2 ($2.85)