St Petersburg Open
Tonight we roll into the second round which means the appearances of the seeded players. Top seed and US Open champion Stan Wawrinka takes on Lukas Rosol while Spain’s Bautista-Agut takes on Ricardas Berankis. In the completion of first round matches we will see two former finalists here face off with Tipsarevic taking on local hope Mikhail Youzhny.
Here are The Wolf’s tips:
Janko Tipsarevic v Mikhail Youzhny
This shapes as a very interesting first round encounter. Now in their 30’s both men are in the tail end of their careers but that doesn’t change the fact that at one point in they were both top 10 players. It’s been a huge fall from grace for Tipsarevic who was ranked as high as number 8 just four years ago and he now spends most of his time on the Challenger Tour. That doesn’t change the fact that he can be a very dangerous player. He beat Dimitrov at Queen’s, won a Challenger title leading into the US Open and defeated Sam Querrey at Flushing Meadows before bowing out in 5 to Carreno Busta. He is definitely playing well enough to win this one and is also a former finalist here. Youzhny is coming off a questionable retirement against Novak but there is no chance that he would forego the most successful tournament of his career. He won the title here back in 2004 and was runner up in 2002 an 2010. He plays his best tennis here and has won 4 of the last 5 meetings against the Serbian. At almost even money we have to back the Russian.
Tip: Youzhny WIN ($1.80)
Stan Wawrinka v Lukas Rosol
Despite both men being on the tour for well over a decade they had met only twice prior to this year. Strangely they have managed to meet on three occasions this year alone. Wawrinka leads the H2H 5-0 but we cannot forget the almighty scare that Rosol gave him at the French, pushing Stan to 5. Stan has dropped at leas one set in each of their last two meetings (both on clay) but on hard courts he has won all 6 sets that the pair have contested. Wawrinka will be riding high on the back of his US Open victory and The Wolf cannot see his game letting up here. The minus will continue to get backed so make sure you take the -3.5 nice and early.
Tip: Wawrinka -3.5 ($1.83)
2nd Round Tips
|Rublev v Kukushkin||Kukushkin WIN ($1.57)|
|Albot v Sousa||Sets Sousa 2-0 ($2.20)|
|Elias v Troicki||Sets Troicki 2-1 ($3.80)|
|Tipsarevic v Youzhny||Youzhny WIN ($1.80)|
|Donskoy v Kuznetsov||Over 22.5 games ($2.00)|
|Wawrinka v Rosol||Wawrinka -3.5 ($1.83)|
|Bautista-Agut v Berankis||Berankis +4.5 ($1.83)|