Shaghai Masters Preview
The opening round matches continue on Tuesday and we will see both Aussies in action. Kyrgios won his 3rd title of the year in Tokyo and will have had minimal time to rest as he takes on Sam Querrey in what will be a shootout. The man he beat in the final, David Goffin, can consider himself unlucky as he has drawn Del Potro in the opening round who enters the draw as a wildcard.
Tomic will have to be at his best if he is to get past Bautista-Agut while Dimitrov will need to overcome a 0-5 H2H record against Gasquet. Fabio Fognini has a mountain to climb against world number one Novak Djokovic and The Wolf’s best bet from yesterday (Alexander Zverev) looks to deliver again – this time against Marin Cilic.
Nick Kyrgios v Sam Querrey
It is no secret that Nick Kyrgios has loads of talent and last week was yet another example of it. He put on a dominant display against Monfils in the semi before coming back from a set down against Goffin to claim his 3rd title of the season. He is on the verge of the top 10 but must improve his consistency and ability to produce good results in back to back weeks. It starts against big serving Sam Querrey but The Wolf says this one will be one way traffic. Querrey has lost 6 of his last 7 matches on tour with his serve being broken 11 times in his last 3 matches alone. For a man that relies so heavily on that part of his game he cannot afford to put up those numbers. The Aussie to dominate in a comfortable straight sets win.
Tip: Kyrgios -3.5 ($1.91)
Juan Martin Del Potro v David Goffin
There has been little time to rest for Goffin and he can consider himself unlucky as he has drawn Del Potro in the opening round. The Argentine enters the draw courtesy of a wildcard and will be looking to make full use of it. A win over Goffin means he effectively replaces him as a seed in the draw and no one want to run into the former US Open champ. Del Potro has been on some run in recent months. He won silver at the Olympics, made the quarters at the US Open and beat Andy Murray in a Davis Cup clash a fortnight ago. This will be the first meeting between the pair but despite Del Potro being the fresher of the two there is no way that Goffin should be this price. The Over is the best bet and The Wolf says to have a little something on Goffin.
Tip: Over 22.5 games ($1.83)
Bernard Tomic v Roberto Bautista-Agut
While Kyrgios continues to rise in the rankings Tomic has hit something of a flat spot and it comes on the back of some very poor performances. In the last two months we have seen him lose to Lajovic, Dzumhur, Bellucci and Carreno-Busta – all matches in which he started as a firm favourite. Tomic won their only meeting earlier this year at Wimbledon but this is not a grass court. With Bautista-Agut we know what we are going to get. He will play a consistent brand of tennis, make very few errors and battle for every point. All things that Tomic does not provide. This is the best time to back against an out of form and out of sorts Tomic.
Tip: Bautista-Agut WIN ($1.53)
Grigor Dimitrov v Richard Gasquet
Last week we saw a resurgent Dimitrov as he posted wins over Johnson, Pouille and Nadal before losing to Murray in the final in Beijing. It will give him plenty of confidence heading into this week but he will be fully aware that he has never beaten Gasquet. The Frenchman has won all five of their previous encounters and it is a statistic that cannot be ignored. Clearly it is a matcuhp problem for the Bulgarian and it mainly comes about due to the fact that Gasquet has a superior one handed backhand. How a man that has such a dominant record against his opponent can start as outsider is beyond belief. Gasquet has won 10 of the 12 sets they have contested!
Tip: Gasquet WIN ($1.95)
|Garcia-Lopez v Lorenzi||Garcia-Lopez WIN ($1.67)|
|Pouille v Verdasco||Pouille WIN ($1.50)|
|Feliciano Lopez v Ferrer||Ferrer -3.5 ($1.83)|
|Granollers v Sugita||Sugita +2.5 ($1.80)|
|Kyrgios v Querrey||Kyrgios -3.5 ($1.91)|
|Pella v Sock||Over 20.5 games ($1.83)|
|Del Potro v Goffin||Over 22.5 games ($1.83)|
|Simon v Carreno-Busta||Simon WIN ($2.00)|
|Tomic v Bautista-Agut||Bautista-Agut WIN ($1.53)|
|Dimitrov v Gasquet||Gasquet WIN ($1.95)|
|Monfils v Anderson||Sets Monfils 2-0 ($1.73)|
|Djokovic v Fognini||Under 18.5 games ($1.83)|
|Tsonga v Tipsarevic||Over 22.5 games ($1.91)|
|Zverev v Cilic||Zverev +2.5 ($1.73)|