John Isner made it back to back titles with his win in Atlanta but has taken the week off to get some rest before back to back Masters Series events in Montreal and Cincinnati. While he is sitting out several of the top ranked players return after taking time off following Wimbledon. Thiem , Raonic, Monfils, Kyrgios, Dimitrov and the Zverev brothers are all in the draw in Washington which should ensure a very high standard of tennis. There will be plenty of Aussie interest in Mexico with Kokkinakis and Ebden in a draw that includes the likes of Berdych and Wimbledon semi finalist Sam Querrey.
Punters will be glad to here that The Wold has rolled out all 5 chips for Kukushkin -0.5 ($1.80) in Los Cabos.
Jan-Lennard Struff v Tommy Haas
The Tommy Haas farewell tour continues and the veteran’s win over Federer in Stuttgart seems a long time ago now. He has since lost 5 straight matches and we will continue to back against him. We were all over Kicker in Hamburg last week and The Wolf is ready to back the trucks up and unload the chips on Struff in this one. As expected, Haas at age 39 has faded poorly in his matches. Bemelmans, Bagnis and Kicker all registered a 6-2 set against him with Struff also beating Haas in straight sets in their one and only meeting earlier this year. Struff will have the stuff tonight!
Best Bet: Struff -3.5 ($1.85)
|Giraldo v Haase||Giraldo +3.5 ($1.85)|
|Kohlschreiber v Bagnis||Bagnis +2.5 ($1.85)|
|Vesely v Hanfmann||Vesely -3.5 ($2.00)|
|Struff v Haas||Struff -3.5 ($1.85)|
|Olivio v Monteiro||Sets Olivio 2-0 ($2.90)|
|Berlocq v Melzer||Berlocq WIN ($1.57)|
Jordan Thompson v Ruben Bemelmans
Aussie Jordan Thompson had major success on the Challenger Tour last year with 4 wins at that level but he has failed to translate that form to the main tour. He did make the finals in Binghamton last week but The Wolf rates him as the outsider against Bemelmans. The Belgian has been running hot in recent months. He has made 3 Challenger finals this year, winning one, and most impressively made it to the 3rd round at Wimbledon. Fast surfaces suit his game and the fact that he is a lefty will also benefit him. The start on offer is absurd!
Best Bet: Bemelmans +2.5 ($1.80)
|Thompson v Bemelmans||Bemelmans +2.5 ($1.80)|
|Tursunov v Krueger||Krueger -3.5 ($1.80)|
|Leshem v Baghdatis||Leshem +4.5 ($2.05)|
|Chung v Edmund||Over 22.5 games ($1.80)|
|Soeda v Sandgren||Soeda +2.5 ($1.85)|
|Jaziri v Bega||Under 21.5 games ($1.80)|
|Zverev v Pella||Pella +2.5 ($2.00)|
|Thiem v Laaksonen||Over 20.5 games ($2.00)|
ATP Los Cabos
Mikhail Kukushkin v Taylor Fritz
Fritz is raw and young but after showing a tonne of promise he has gone backwards. He had 15 wins on the main tour last year after playing 22 tournaments but has managed just 5 wins in 2017 and only appeared in 9 ATP Tour events. The Wolf says he has become a passive player and that will not work for a man his size. When his serve is not on he is extremely vulnerable. We saw Kamke break his serve 5 times on grass a fortnight ago in Newport and last week he lost to a compatriot ranked outside the top 500. Any set he wins will be via a breaker and it is possible for Kukushkin to cover the start even if he loses. That makes him a 5 chipper!!!
Best Bet: Kukushkin -0.5 ($1.80)
|Ito v Fratangelo||Ito +3.5 ($1.91)|
|Karlovic v Halys||Over 23.5 games ($1.80)|
|Verdasco v Escobedo||Over 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Kavcic v Millot||Kavcic WIN ($1.62)|
|Uchiyama v Polansky||Polansky WIN ($1.67)|
|Kukushkin v Fritz||Kukushkin -0.5 ($1.80)|