St Petersburg Open
Youzhny and Wawrinka grabbed the cash with ease for us in yesterday’s feature previews and Thursday shapes as a very interesting day with Raonic, Berdych, Zverev and Troicki all taking the court. Berdych makes his return after being forced to pull out of the US Open with appendicitis. The Wolf says making a winning return will not be so easy against Kuznetsov who has been playing some solid tennis over the last month.
Here are The Wolf’s tips:
Andrey Kuznetsov v Tomas Berdych
As previously mentioned Berdych returns after dealing with appendicitis and the market suggests that a significant level of uncertainty. In normal circumstances Berdych would be as short as $1.10 against Kuznetsov. The Wolf though is with the bookies on this one as says Kuznetsov is a huge shout of an upset. He made the 3rd round of the US Open and then beat Kukushkin and Nedovyesov with ease in the Davis Cup. A straight sets win over Donskoy in his opening match here further highlights how well he is hitting the ball. The Russian will be taking at least one set off Berdych and it will all come down to a deciding third set.
Tip: Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.38)
Mikhail Youzhny v Milos Raonic
Milos Raonic dropped just a single set en route to winning the title here last year and he is back to defend it. He has had plenty of time to prepare after an unexpected early exit at Flushing Meadows – his earliest exit at a slam since Wimbledon 2013. The Canadian has won both meetings against Youzhny but The Wolf has made it clear that the Russian finds another gear at this tournament. He has made the semi finals or better on 6 occasions here including 3 finals (1 win). He won’t go down without a fight in this one. Take him with the start.
Tip: Youzhny +3.5 ($2.10)
2nd Round Tips
|Sidorenko v Lorenzi||Lorenzi -3.5 ($1.83)|
|Kuznetsov v Berdych||Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.38)|
|Lajovic v Troicki||Lajovic +3.5 ($2.00)|
|Zverev v Medvedev||Zverev WIN ($1.40)|
|Youzhny v Raonic||Youzhny +3.5 ($2.10)|
ATP Metz Tips
|Jaziri v Millot||Millot WIN ($2.05)|
|Simon v Garcia-Lopez||Simon -3.5 ($1.83)|
|Struff v Goffin||Over 21.5 games ($1.90)|