St Petersburg Open
The Wolf’s feature previews went 2-0 yet again with Kuznetsov pushing Berdych to three sets and Youzhny causing a boil over with a huge upset win over Raonic. Youzhny will have to do it all again in the quarters where he will again start underdog, this time against Alexander Zverev. Wawrinka will look to continue with his red hot form when he faces Troicki while Berdych and Bautista-Agut will also start firm favourites.
Here are The Wolf’s tips:
Alexander Zverev v Mikhail Youzhny
The Wolf warned us that Youzhny plays his best tennis at this tournament and he proved it coming from a set down to beat hot favourite Milos Raonic. Meanwhile Zverev continues to develop his game and it is his ability to close out tight sets which is most impressive. Still just a teenager his game has a very high ceiling and it would be refreshing if he could really knuckle down and train the house down over the next few years. The pair have met twice and Zverev has managed to get the better of his more experienced opponent on both occasions. He bageled Youzhny in one of the sets at Wimbledon this year and a scoreline like that is hard to ignore. As was the case against Raonic the Russian will push this one to a deciding third set.
Tip: Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.25)
Stan Wawrinka v Viktor Troicki
Stan was in crushing form against Rosol and has definitely brought his US Open form with him back to Europe. He continues to hit the ball right out the sweet spot of the racquet and a inconsistent Troicki will be no match. Stan has won all 5 meetings between the two including three in the last 12 months alone. Troicki does has the serve to stay with Stan but we will see the US Open champion employ the chip return which will frustrate Troicki and force him to generate his own pace. Wawrinka in straight sets is a great bet.
Tip: Sets Wawrinka 2-0 ($1.67)
Quarter Final Tips
|Lorenzi v Berdych||Sets Berdych 2-1 ($4.33)|
|Bautista-Agut v Sousa||Bautista-Agut WIN ($1.40)|
|Zverev v Youzhny||Sets Total – 3 Sets ($2.25)|
|Wawrinka v Troicki||Sets Wawrinka 2-0 ($1.67)|
ATP Metz Tips
|Simon v Jaziri||TBA|
|Thiem v Muller||Thiem WIN ($1.57)|