A very competitive field has been assembled in Rotterdam with several top 10 players in the draw. Cilic, Thiem, Berdych, Tsonga, Goffin and late weeks winner in Montpellier, Alexander Zverev, are all in the draw. He and Thiem have remarkably been drawn to face off in the opening round with the tournament organisers scheduling the match for tomorrow in order to give the German an additional days rest.
Kohlschreiber v Pouille
Pouille was disappointing to say the least at the Australian Open losing to Bublik, ranked 207, and in just his second tour match of the season The Wolf is expecting him to struggle. Kohlschreiber is a seasoned veteran that will not beat himself. He made the semi’s here last year and his game matches up well against Pouille. Both men like to work their opponents around the court but the German has the court craft to frustrate the Frenchman. Kohlschreiber to make a fast start!
Best Bet: Kohlschreiber WIN ($2.10)
Tsitsipitas v Tsonga
For those wondering who Tsitsipitas is, he is the number 1 ranked junior in the world. He made the semi’s of junior Wimbledon and the US Open last season and has a very unique game. He has plenty of size and power at 6 foot 4 but The Wolf says his single handed backhand and pop up slice returns will get eaten alive on the ATP Tour. He has a long way to go and will Tsonga – who has an excellent indoor record will make light work of him.
Best Bet: Tsonga -5.5 ($2.10)
Cilic v Paire
It has been a very slow start to the season for Cilic who has lost 3 of his 4 matches – all against players ranked outside the top 40. The Wolf has huge question marks over the former US Open champion and has warned us to stay well away from the Croat at the short price. Paire has beaten him in the past and is coming off a semi final appearance at Montpellier. He has however lost in the opening round here in his last two appearances and has been known as a player who simply fails to turn up. All of these inconsistencies make the Unders a great bet according to Wolfy. Once one of them gets on top they will roll their way to victory.
Best Bet: Under 22.5 games ($1.85)
|Mahut v Simon||Over 22.5 games ($1.91)|
|Kohlschreiber v Pouille||Kohlschreiber WIN ($2.10)|
|Klizan v Verdasco||Verdasco WIN ($1.67)|
|Tsitsipas v Tsonga||Tsonga -5.5 ($2.10)|
|Cilic v Paire||Under 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Coric v Khachanov||Over 22.5 games ($1.73)|
Some very familiar faces will be taking the court today including Aussies Bernard Tomic and Matthew Ebden. The Wolf says we will be seeing more of them as the week goes on but the Americans will be very hard to beat on home soil. Surprisingly 4 time defending champion Kei Nishikori is not in the draw but former champions Querrey and Darcis are – with former finalists Karlovic, Fritz and Isner joining them. It’s a fast surface but the colder weather conditions should create an even playing field.
|Fritz v Lu||Over 22.5 games ($1.73)|
|Harrison v Kravchuk||Under 21.5 games ($1.85)|
|Kukushkin v Brown||Sets Kukushkin 2-1 ($4.40)|
|King v Tomic||Sets Tomic 2-0 ($1.67)|
|Polansky v Ebden||Over 23.5 games ($2.00)|
|Darcis v Albot||Darcis -3.5 ($1.80)|
|Tiafoe v Smyczek||Smyczek WIN ($2.50)|