Rome Masters: Quarter Finals

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Djokovic made his way past Bautista-Agut but it wasn’t easy and Wolfy is predicting more tough times for him against Del Potro. Fognini failed to replicate his performance against Andy Murray while Dominic Thiem and Nadal set up a third meeting in as many weeks.

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John Isner v Marin Cilic
Cilic delivered in a big way for The Wolfpack last night with a dominant win over Goffin and Wolfy’s prediction that he is in for a deep run this week is looking like a genuine possibility. Isner ousted a out of sorts Wawrinka and it really open up this side of the draw with Nadal, Djokovic and Thiem in the bottom half. Cilic has won 6 of the 7 meetings between he and Isner including their only meeting on clay. That being said there have been little between them. Cilic has won multiple 5 set epics at the majors… 9-7 in the 5th at the Aus Open in 2011 and 12-10 in the 5th at Wimbledon two years ago. In the 19 tiebreak sets contested, 10 of them have been decided by a breaker with Cilic winning 7 of them. The cream will again rise to the top and Cilic will wear the American down.
Best Bet: Cilic WIN ($1.40)
Value: 1st Set Scorecast Cilic 7-6 ($3.40)

Alexander Zverev v Milos Raonic
The rise of Alexander Zverev continue and The Wolf says he is a lock to finish in the top 10 at seasons end. As predicted he made light work of Fognini and despite having never played Raonic before, he shapes as a favourable opponent. Zverev has had great success against big servers on clay this season with wins over Cilic, Berdych, Anderson, Lopez and Troicki in the last few weeks. The key to this success is his wingspan and ability to return balls from outside the tram lines. Raonic will be no match from the back of the court and it will be Zverev that creates more break opportunities. The Wolf is shocked to see him as the outsider in this one! 
Best Bet: Zverev WIN ($2.00)
Value: Sets Zverev 2-0 ($3.10)

Dominic Thiem v Rafael Nadal
Thiem has been the second best player on the red dirt this year and had it not been for Rafa he would have won multiple titles. He was crushed by the Spaniard a fortnight ago in Barcelona but put up much more resistance in the final of Madrid last week. Thiem had multiple set points in the 1st set breaker and created 4 break point opportunities when Rafa serves for the match in the second. Thiem will have far more belief following that performance which is very important. The Wolf says if he can avoid getting caught too deep behind the baseline on the backhand him he will force Rafa to take more risks and play up the lines. Thiem has shown that he can hold his own against Nadal. The Overs has saluted in 3 of their last 4 meetings and The Wolf says Thiem will get even closer than he did last week in Madrid. 
Best Bet: Over 20.5 games ($2.00)
Value: Number of Sets – 3 Sets ($3.00)

Juan Martin Del Potro v Novak Djokovic
The Del Potro serve and forehand combination were on full display last night as Nishikori was frustrated into far too many errors. Meanwhile, Djokovic continues to search for his best form but didn’t have it all his own way against Bautista-Agut. The Spaniard was somewhat of a perfect opponent. He hits consistent ground strokes from both wings without really being able to generate many winners. The long rallies eventually allowed Novak to find his rhythm – something he will not be able to do against Del Potro. The Argentine burst back onto the tour with his win over Novak at the Olympics but Djokovic has beat him twice this year – both time in 3 tight sets. Their last 7 meetings have now gone the distance with just 1 of the last 10 decided in straight sets. This is a unique scenario where is Del Potro slice plays a positive role. We have seen Federer use it with success against Novak in the past and it is very effective in changing the pace of rallies. Novak is a real rhythm player and taking that away from him increases your chances of success. The Wolf refuses to back Novak in the handicap markets and rightly so. They will go the distance yet again. 
Best Bet: Del Potro +2.5 ($1.85)
Value: Sets Del Potro 2-1 ($5.00)

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