Join us on our ATP Winston-Salem Open tournament analysis that takes place this week. Find out who are the main contenders, the player to keep an eye on and the highest value tennis picks to place.
Top Half of the Draw
Richard Gasquet is the top seed and main favorite to leave Winston-Salem with the trophy,however, the French is still trying to return to his best level after more than one month away from competition due to a back injury.
After not playing in the first round for being one of the sixteen highest ranked players on this event, Gasquet won't have an easy debut against Daniel Evans, who is currently going through the best moment in his career.
Looking now to Richard's potential opponents in the following rounds, the French might face two left-handed players – Federico Delbonis and Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Even though these two players are known for their skills on clay courts, it's never easy for a one-handed backhand like Gasquet to face left-handed opponent.
The defending champion, Kevin Anderson, is the second main favorite to reach the final in the top half of the draw, with the South-African reaching this event after a good campaign in Cincinnati, losing only against Andy Murray in the third round.
Looking now to Kevin's draw on this event, it won't be easy for the 2015 winner to reach the semifinals, with high quality players on his quarter such as Jiri Vesely, Andrey Kuznetsov and Pablo Cuevas. However, Anderson should be too strong for any of them and for that reason, we expect to see him reaching the semifinals, which makes his price at +225 at Bet365 to win the 2nd quarter a very interesting one to place a bet for this event.
Despite Gasquet's 5 – 3 lead on the h2h, it was Anderson who won their previous encounter last week in Cincinnati by 6 – 2 6 – 4. The South-African is currently at a higher level and with the motivation of having 250 points to defend, our suggestion is for you to add Anderson to your betting picks to win this event at +800 at Ladbrokes.
Bottom Half of the Draw.
The highest ranked player in the bottom half of the draw, Roberto Bautista Agut, is looking for a better performance this week after a disappointing loss in Cincinnati against Nicolas Mahut.
Agut is the highest ranked player in the bottom half of the draw and even though his tremendous baseline consistency and competitive mindset, it's hard for us to trust on the Spaniard to win this event, not only due to the tough draw ahead of him but also because of his less achieved performances in recent months.
On the other hand, Steve Johnson is going through the best moment in his career and after losing in the semifinals last year, the American is trying to go a step forward this season in Winston-Salem.
Despite his terrific moment, Steve has an incredibly tough draw ahead of him with players like Lukas Rosol, Fernando Verdasco and Sam Querrey in his quarter. Even though we believe that Steve can make it all the way to the final, it's impossible for us to find value on his betting odds to win the trophy at +700 at BetVictor.
After reaching the final last year as a qualifier, Pierre-Hugues Herbert is looking for another successful run on this event. Known as one of the best doubles players on the ATP World Tour, Herbert can be very dangerous on singles as well and for that reason, our advice is for you to keep an eye on this player, who is currently priced at +1200 at Bet365 to win the 4th quarter.