ATP Queen’s / Halle: 1st Round

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Lucas Pouille and Gilles Muller came out on top in Stuttgart and s-Hertogenbosch last week and both will be backing up this week. We are in store for a real treat this week according to The Wolf with top class fields at both Queen’s and Halle.

ATP Queen’s

Queen’s Club has been part of the traditional build up to Wimbledon for well over a century and has a winner’s list to rival any tournament. It has produced it’s fair share of Wimbledon champions with Murray, Nadal, Hewitt, Sampras, Edberg and Becker all having won Queen’s. The field this year is stacked to sat the least with Murray, Wawrinka, Raonic, Cilic, Kyrgios, Dimitrov and Berdych all in the draw. It is a very tough draw as indicated by the fact that Lopez, a winner last week, is drawn to take on Wawrinka in the opening round. The man who wins this week will no doubt be among the men to beat at Wimbledon.

Feature Previews

Donald Young v Nick Kyrgios
The tennis world continue to look at Kyrgios as the next best thing but injuries and inconsistency are starting to create a ceiling for the young Aussie. He is ranked as one of the favourites for Wimbledon which is just absurd according to the Wolf. He’s had several weeks off to recover from a hip problem and will look to make a statement in his first match on grass. It is the surface he made his name on when beating Nadal at Wimbledon and his serve will make him more than hard to beat. He is 2-0 against Young and with the American coming off 5 straight losses The Wolf cannot see him posing any threat to Kyrgios. The only man that can beat Kyrgios in this one is himself.
Best Bet: Sets Kyrgios 2-0 ($1.60)

Grigor Dimitrov v Ryan Harrison
Dimitrov may have two titles to his name in 2017 but has been in terrible form in recent months. He has won just 4 of his last 12 matches with losses to names like Struff, Pella, Robredo and Janowicz. Harrison has hardly been in good form himself but with both men struggling to find consistency The Wolf is expecting a topsy-turvy match. He can see both men winning a set with the man who serves best in the decider to progress. 
Best Bet: Over 22.5 games ($2.00)

All Tips

Match Tips
Mannarino v Tsonga Mannarino +3.5 ($1.73)
Dimitrov v Harrison Over 22.5 games ($2.00)
Berdych v Darcis Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.60)
Young v Kyrgios Sets Kyrgios 2-0 ($1.60)
Edmund v Shapovalov Over 22.5 games ($1.85)

ATP Halle

Federer will be seeking his 9th title at the Gerry Webber Open this week but will need to improve on last week’s results if he is to do so. He was ousted by veteran Tommy Haas last week in his first match and is in a tricky part of the draw this week. Last year’s runner up Alexander Zverev is also in the draw as are fellow top 10 players Thiem and Nishikori. Tonight’s match of the day sees Monfils take on Gasquet in a all French encounter.

Feature Previews

Gael Monfils v Richard Gasquet
Their match at the French Open just weeks ago came to an abrupt end as Gasquet was forced to retire with a thigh injury. The match was perfectly poised and they now meet on a very different surface – one that actually favours Gasquet. He is a two time semi finalist at Wimbledon while Monfils has never made it beyond the 3rd round. Grass is a surface that reward those who take the ball early, something that Monfils rarely does. We see him camped behind the baseline and as long as Gasquet is healthy he is the one that The Wolf wants to have his hard earned on.
Best Bet: Gasquet WIN ($2.20)

Joao Sousa v Philipp Kohlschreiber
Kohlschreiber finds himself on home soil again this week and he will fancy his chances. He is a great record here that includes a title winning run in 2011, a runner up finish in 2008 and several semi final appearances. He will have to overcome the fact that he has lost both prior matches against Sousa but this is not a surface that the man from Portugal plays on often. He has a losing record on grass over the last 2 years while Kohlschreiber ranks 13th in career win % on grass for active players. We could see the German spring some upsets this week.
Best Bet: Kohlschreiber -4.5 ($2.20)

Match Tips
Sousa v Kohlschreiber Kohlschreiber -4.5 ($2.20)
Monfils v Gasquet Gasquet WIN ($2.20)
Rublev v Ramos-Vinolas Rublev +2.5 ($1.80) 
Brown v Posposil Posposil WIN ($1.50)
Marterer v Thiem Marterer +4.5 ($1.85)