Normally there would be limited interest in this event but with Federer chasing the number 1 ranking all eyes will descend on Rotterdam over the next week. After claiming his 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne, Federer can now reclaim top spot in the rankings with a semi final run here. It shapes as a tricky draw with potential matches against Kohlschreiber and Wawrinka along the way but The Wolf says there will be no denying him. Follow the action as the greatest ever looks to add to his legacy!
ATP Rotterdam Feature Previews
Philipp Kohlschreiber v Karen Khachanov
Kohlschreiber is making his 10th appearance here but has never made it beyond the semi’s. His 10-9 record is below par when you consider that this is just a ATP500 level tournament and his start to the season has been less than impressive. He is 0-3 to start the year with losses to Medvedev, Nishioka and Basic who are ranked 84, 168 and 129 respectively. Khachanov on the other hand has been a victim of Del Potro. The big serving Argentine beat him in both Auckland and the Australian Open but both matches were closely contested with 3 of the 6 sets being settled by breakers. Khachanov was poor during the indorr swing late last year but in what was his first full year on tour that is to be expected. He has a huge game and The Wolf expects him to blow Kohlschreiber off the court as he did in their only other meeting.
Best Bet: Khachanov -2.5 ($1.91)
Benoit Paire v David Goffin
Paire has been very active in 2018 and this will be his 4th tournament. He made the semi’s in both Chennai and Sydney but was rolled in the opening round of the Australian Open. Goffin on the other hand made his only appearance in Melbourne and things did not go well with a unacceptable loss to Benneteau. Paire looks a big price here, especially when you consider he won their most recent meeting – a match which was also played indoors. The Frenchman has won 3 of the 5 meetings and The Wolf likes him to win at least one set.
Best Bet: To Win A Set – Benoit Paire ($2.10)
|Kohlschreiber v Khachanov||Khachanov -2.5 ($1.91)|
|Medvedev v Muller||Medvedev WIN ($1.80)|
|Paire v Goffin||To Win A Set – Benoit Paire ($2.10)|
|Struff v Troicki||Troicki +1.5 ($1.91)|
|Griekspoor v Wawrinka||Under 20.5 games ($1.73)|
|Auger-Aliassime v Krejinovic||Auger-Aliassime WIN ($2.30)|
New York Open
|Estrella Burgos v Donskoy||Donskoy -4.5 ($2.10)|
|Rubin v Nishikori||Under 20.5 games ($1.73)|
|Youzhny v Ebden||Over 22.5 games ($1.80)|