The opening round continues in both Houston and Marrakech. The Wolf got off to a flyer yesterday going a combined 6-1 across the two tournaments. He is looking to lock in another huge profit today!
ATP Houston Feature Previews
Taro Daniel v Ivo Karlovic
Karlovic is now pushing 40 years of age and as reliable as his serve is, it is never as effective on clay. He may be a former winner here but that was back in 2007 when he was in his prime. He has lost in his opening match here in his last three appearances and has generally avoided the red dirt throughout his career. Daniel on the other hand is very familiar with this surface. He won a Challenger event on clay last year and registered wins over Rublev and Janiwucz at the French Open. He has gone from strength to strength since and registered the biggest win of his career in Indian Wells when he beat Djokovic. He has handled big servers in the past already this season including Lopez, Raonic and Kokkinakis. He is great value as the outsider.
Best Bet: Daniel WIN ($2.00)
Ernesto Escobedo v Steve Johnson
Escobedo made the semi’s here a year ago after winning some epic matches including one against Isner that had three tiebreakers. His opponent in this one went a fair way better – claiming the title and beating several accomplished clay courters along the way. There is an instant perception that Johnson prefers playing on faster surfaces but The Wolf says to take note that he loves running around his backhand. On clay, he gets enough time to do so and we will see him crush an array of forehands in this one. The Wolf is expecting him to dominate.
Best Bet: Johnson -3.5 ($1.91)
|Daniel v Karlovic||Daniel WIN ($2.00)|
|Kicker v Young||Kicker WIN ($1.50)|
|Zeballos v Nishioka||Zeballos +1.5 ($1.91)|
|Kecmanovic v Harrison||Kecmanovic WIN ($2.20)|
|Escobedo v Johnson||Johnson -3.5 ($1.91)|
|Kozlov v Pella||Kozlov +4.5 ($1.73)|
|Smyczek v Fritz||Smyczek WIN ($2.90)|
ATP Marrakech Feature Previews
Mischa Zverev v Paolo Lorenzi
The Wolf is shocked to see the price on offer for Lorenzi! He may be 36, but he is right at home on this surface – something that cannot be said about his opponent. Mischa has never posted a winning record over a season on clay and if we take away his 4 wins last year at Geneva he went 1-7 in his remaining clay court appearances. The serve and volley style does not work on this surface and his baseline game simply will not hold up against the Italian.
Best Bet: Lorenzi WIN ($1.73)
Jiri Vesely v Kyle Edmund
Vesely is dealing with injury and a form slump but The Wolf believes the start of the clay court swing will bring about a reversal in form. Clay is without question his best surface and we have seen him produce some commendable results on the red dirt. He beat Djokovic, the then no.1 ranked player, in Monte Carlo on clay and posted his most recent tournament win on the surface (Challenger level). This will be Edmund’s first match on clay since the French Open last year and making the transition is never easy. The Wolf will be backing Vesely.
Best Bet: Vesely +1.5 ($2.00)
|Marterer v Carballes-Baena||Marterer WIN ($1.73)|
|Basic v Haase||Haase -4.5 ($2.00)|
|Vatutin v Struff||Under 21.5 games ($1.91)|
|Arnaboldi v Dolgopolov||Sets Dolgopolov 2-0 ($1.83)|
|Hemery v Garcia-Lopez||Garcia-Lopez -2.5 ($1.80)|
|M.Zverev v Lorenzi||Lorenzi WIN ($1.73)|
|Sousa v Martinez||1st Set Score After 2 Games Sousa 2-0 ($3.70)|
|Vesely v Edmund||Vesely +1.5 ($2.00)|