Tennis Update


Defending champion and second seed Stan Wawrinka (11/2) crashed out at the first round stage at Dubai on Monday losing in straight sets against Dzumhur. Other than that, there were no other major shocks at Dubai as top seed Murray, third seed Federer (11/2), fourth seed Monfils, fifth seed Berdych, sixth seed Bautista-Agut and seventh seed Pouille all won their first round matches in straight sets.

There were no major shocks at Acapulco as all of the top-eight seeds, bar seventh seed and Delray Beach winner Jack Sock, won their first round matches. Top-seed Djokovic and second seed Nadal are the tournament favourites but if you are looking for a player at bigger odds who may spring a surprise this week then fifth seed, Sofia and Rotterdam finalist Goffin is worth a shot given his recent good form.

Sao Paolo was also free of significant shocks in the first round but two of my outright selections, Monteiro (33/1) and Estrella-Burgos (40/1), disappointed through losing their first round matches against Berlocq and Melzer respectively. Third seed Cuevas (7/1) gets his campaign underway today as do the top two seeds and fourth seed Carreno-Busta, Ramos-Vinolas and Sousa.

From a match betting/trading perspective today there are a few favourites that I think may lose or struggle to win today. At Sao Paolo eighth seed Berlocq (1.7) is worth opposing against compatriot Pella today as the head-to-head stands at 2-2 and Berlocq had to play a tough three set match yesterday. At Dubai Kohlschreiber (1.5) is worth opposing against the in-form NextGen star Medvedev as is fourth seed Monfils (1.3) against Britain’s Dan Evans who has been in good form so far this year.


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