WITH Wimbledon around the corner we look to capitalise on the final warm-ups before next week’s Grand Slam.
Here’s our best bets for the opening round of action:
Mischa Zverev v Ryan Harrison
Despite Harrison winning their only previous tour meeting back in 2011, this is a no contest.
Zverev’s serve and volley game will prove too much for the erratic American.
While Zverev lost a close match with Roger Federer last week, Harrison was blown away by Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of Queens and we expect this one to be over just as quickly.
Our projections show Zverev comfortably taking this one in straights, making the 2-0 set score a juicy prospect.
Prediction: Zverev 2-0 @ $1.84
Jared Donaldson v Diego Schwartzman
Donaldson’s big serve and forehand should overpower Schwartzman who is playing on his least favourite surface.
The American will look to attack at all costs and despite this being the first match-up between the pair we expect Donaldson to have too many weapons for the clay court specialist.
Our model is showing a comfortable straight sets win for the American but we’ll take him straight-up at good odds.
Get on now as we expect odds to drop closer to the match.
Prediction: Donaldson @ $1.65 (2 units)
Kyle Edmund v Donald Young
Only one spot separates these two top 50 players and we expect this to be a tightly fought contest, with both men’s power games suited to the grass.
Edmund has traditionally fared well in the lead up to Wimbledon and we expect him to string together another strong run leading up to next week’s grand slam.
While Young’s service game will be tough to break we feel the Brit can force his opposite into too many unforced errors to recover from.
We’ll take youth over experience here back Edmund to edge out the American in front of his home fans.
Our projection model hasn’t Edmund winning 78% of the time, giving us strong value on the hd2hd market.
Prediction: Edmund @ $1.72
Marcos Baghdatis v Nicoloz Basilashvili
These two men are at very different points in their careers, Baghdatis in his twilight and Basilashvili is just starting to realise his potential.
Baghdatis has had a horror year on tour, winning just four of his 12 matches
Meanwhile, Georgian Basilashvili has won more than four times as many games and continues to grow with each passing tournament.
While Baghdatis will make Basilashvili work for it, we expect young legs to win out in this one so take Basilashvili with confidence.
The value available on the Georgian is far too high and we firmly expect those odds to drop sooner rather than later.
Prediction: Basilishvili @ $1.80