Citi Open Washington
Bernard Tomic is the lone Aussie remaining in the draw in Washington and he will do well to make the quarter finals. He takes on big serving Ivo Karlovic in the 3rd round but if he can withstand the barrage of aces the draw could open up for him. Most of the seeds have made their way through with Isner, Monfils, Querrey and Zverev still in the draw. With scorching hot conditions predicted in the days to come we should see the servers dominate in the days to come.
Bernard Tomic v Ivo Karlovic
Temperatures are scheduled in the mid 30’s for today’s play meaning the courts will be playing super fast! The pair have played out some thrillers in recent seasons with 7 of the last 9 sets contested being settle by a tiebreaker. Despite Tomic leading the H2H 3-1 there has been nothing between the pair with 3 of the 4 meetings going the distance and the fourth being settled by two breakers. The points will be short and both players will dominate on serve. A breaker to settle things in the opening set and don’t be surprised if we see three breakers in this one.
Tip: 1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($1.90)
John Isner v Marcos Baghdatis
To the surprise of The Wolf the big serving American was completely dominant against Duckworth in his last match. What was most impressive was his return – he managed multiple breaks and won 38% of return points including almost 50% of points on the Aussie’s second serve. He now faces an opponent that has been unable to solve the puzzle that is the Isner serve. Isner has won all 7 of their prior encounters and 16 of the 18 sets they have contested. He accounted for Baghdatis in straight sets at Wimbledon earlier this month and the Cypriot has continuously come up short when it counts against Isner. He has won just 1 of the 6 tiebreakers they have contested. The Wolf is declaring Isner!
Tip: Isner WIN ($1.40)
Washington – 3rd Round Tips
|Tomic v Karlovic||1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($1.90)|
|Harrison v Johnson||Sets Johnson 2-0 ($1.73)|
|Evans v Sock||Number of Sets in Match – 3 ($2.50)|
|Isner v Baghdatis||Isner WIN ($1.40)|
|Zverev v Jaziri||Sets Zverev 2-0 ($1.62)|
|Coric v Monfils||Coric WIN ($2.50)|
|Querrey v Dolgopolov||Dolgopolov +1.5 ($1.91)|
|Muller v Paire||1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($2.55)|
Kitzbuhel- 3rd Round Tips
|Lorenzi v Struff||Over 22.5 games ($1.91)|
|Bassilashvili v Pavlasek||Basilashvili +1.5 ($2.00)|
|Lajovic v Khachanov||Lajovic WIN ($1.80)|
|Jurgen Melzer v Gerald Melzer||Gerald Melzer WIN ($2.10)|