Tennis Betting Advice - February 2019
Tournament update – Copil beats Wawrinka...
Wednesday 6th February 2019
In your Ones to Watch email today:
Two in, two out...
When we back players at odds of 18/1, 22/1, 25/1 and 66/1 – the prices we’ve taken this week – it’s to be expected that we lose a couple of players along the way.
Admittedly, I was hoping for Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP Sofia) and Nicolas Jarry (ATP Cordoba) to get a bit further than the 1st Round...
Basilashvili appeared to be a little under the weather, but even so he had two set points in both sets of his 7-6, 7-5 defeat to World No.180 Daniel Brands.
Jarry also fell at the first hurdle, and also to an opponent ranked outside the Top 100 – Argentinean wild card Juan Ignacio Londero being one of nine home players in the Cordoba draw.
Our two other big-price Each Way picks made a much better start...
In Sofia, 66/1 outsider Marius Copil pulled off one of the best results of his career, beating three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. The Romanian got better as the match went on, and his serve proved a dangerous weapon throughout.
The run through the Sofia draw won’t get any easier for Copil – next up he will likely face the vastly experienced Fernando Verdasco, with top seed Karen Khachanov and 4th seed Roberto Bautista-Agut also in the top half of the draw. But our man made the final here at this venue last year, and is a real threat on indoor hard courts.
And whatever happens from here on in, we have price firmly on our side. Copil was a top price 66/1 on Sunday night. Having knocked out Wawrinka, our man’s Outright Winner price has been chopped by two thirds, to 22/1 at best. Ladbrokes are as short as 14/1.
In this week’s other indoor hard court event at ATP Montpellier, our 25/1 shot Pierre-Hugues Herbert made an impressive start last night with a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win over Denis Kudla. The 27-year-old Frenchman, ranked at a career-high No.44 in the world, will next face either World No.80 Ilya Ivashka or No.84 Thomas Fabbiano. The bookies now make Herbert 14/1.
Copil and Herbert will be back in action on Thursday.
I’ll be in touch as usual on Sunday night with a first look at next week’s four tournaments – and before if any further opportunities arise for us over the next few days in Sofia, Montpellier or Cordoba.
Enjoy the tennis...