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    Tell you what as much as people want to see Federer v. Nadal again and again, Federer v. Wawrinka is more entertaining now. Either way, this still looks like a Djokovic pre-party for Paris.

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    5.16.15....ATP Rome
    Granollers-Lopez/Kyrgios-Sock Ends in 3 Sets
    *Not sure I am getting this one as I have to wait for it to go live at DSI. It's not listed, but they have had a few things this morning unlisted that went live. Fed-Wawrinka not listed either, but I am certain that will be in their live platform.

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    Booked @ +165. DSI put it live with Granollers-Lopez already up 2-0 in the 1st. I'll take them odds.

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    Back in black after the last six weeks or so have really been a struggle. Uncle Mo, stay with me bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaglesPhan36 View Post
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    Back in black after the last six weeks or so have really been a struggle. Uncle Mo, stay with me bro.
    Pimpin aint easy
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    ATP Nice Preview
    It's the last chance to tune it up before the French Open as the ATP tour hits Nice. This is a 250 levle event and of course with it being the week prior to a Grand Slam, there are sure to be some head scratching results. The seeds are led by Gilles Simon. Simon may be a question mark this week due to a neck injury that forced him out of Rome last week. I would expect him to take part in the tournament to at least test the neck and see if he'll be okay for Roland Garros. The 2nd seed is American John Isner. Isner has been playing reasonably well on clay since the European swing began and he could easily slide up the chart as the favorite for this week. 3rd seeded Ernest Gulbis is your defending Champion, but one of the most out-of-form players on tour. Gulbis still has just one win this season and won't be expected by many to do much. That may make him dangerous in a week where anything goes. The 4th seed is Leonardo Mayer. This could also be a sneaky good spot for the Argentine. He made the quarters here last year and seems to score better results when the situation is less pressure packed as it will be this week. Rounding out the top eight seeds are Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock & Juan Monaco. It's a pretty solid field and looks wide open. Let's take a look at our weekly seed report.

    This is the 6th year that Nice has hosted this event. Over the course of the first five years, here is how seeds have fared in their opening maches:

    2010: 4-4
    2011: 4-2 (Two seeds withdrew)
    2012: 5-3
    2013: 3-3 (Two seeds withdrew)
    2014: 7-0 (One seed withdrew)


    Amazingly, last year all the seeds won their opening matches in Nice. As you can see though, that is usually far from the norm. In a topsy-turvy ATP season, I would expect we will not see all the seeds win their openers this week either and there is a chance some could withdraw ahead of the main draw. Here are the ones that look most prone to an upset.

    #3 Ernests Gulbis
    Give Gulbis credit, he has won sets in each of his last three losses, but he's still not finding the winner's circle. Gulbis is on a six match losing streak with a 1-11 record this season. He opens with either Dolgopolov or Stakhovsky. He is 2-1 against Dolgopolov with all meetings coming on clay. He is 3-2 against Stakhovsky with no career meetings on dirt. With neither of them in good form, perhaps this is Gulbis' time to find a win. His ranking is due for some big hits if he doesn't find the win column now, but it's still very hard to not take a shot against him until he actually wins a match.

    #6 Nick Kyrgios
    Kyrgios fits the bill for me on questionable motivation this week. He lost last week in Rome to Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. It wasn't a poor loss, but it might have been the culmination of a lot of tennis the two previous weeks. He's had some rest from singles, but played doubles with Jack Sock in Rome and was still in action as of Sunday's scheduled doubles final. He faces Kukushkin in his opener, a tough nut to figure. Kukushkin lost to an Italian local in qualifying in Rome last week and is 3-4 on dirt this season. He has played Nice twice, losing his first match to Delbonis in 2014. In 2012, he made the quarters. Kyrgios makes his Nice debut. Travel and a quick turnaround might be a slight stutter for Kyrgios, so give Kukushkin a chance in this one. This is one Kyrgios should win, but it could also be one of those odd results at a 250.

    #7 Jack Sock
    Although Sock has played well on clay of late, his first match opponent dictates that he could be an upset victim. Dusan Lajovic is the opponent. The Serb beat Sock in straight sets at last year's French Open. I think Sock is a much improved player since that time on this surface, but this is still a surface where Lajovic has a great chance. Since Sock won a clay title in Houston, he's 1-2 with two Masters losses to Simon and Tsonga. You can't say either is a bad loss. Lajovic was good in the South American swing earlier this year, but has struggled for wins on clay in the Euro swing. He is 2-4 (including Houston). Sock has the experience edge in Nice having played through qualis and into the 2nd round here last year. I don't think motivaiton is a question for Sock as a young player, but I do think Lajovic has the clay court game to match and this will be a 50-50 match in my mind.

    #8 Juan Monaco
    Monaco opens against a Frenchman, Benoit Paire. They have split a pair of clay court meetings in their careers with Monaco winning the most recent in 2013 in Hamburg. That same year, Paire beat Monaco in the Rome Masters. Both matches went three sets. Paire looked like he was back on the right track after making the 3rd round in Barcelona, but he's faile to score a main draw win in two tournaments since then. He hasn't done much in this tournament, losing both main draw matches he has made. This is his first appearance since 2012. Monaco has never played in Nice. He's been consistent on clay during the Euro swing with a 4-4 mark. He's lost to Wawrinka twice, Raonic and Klizan. This one could come down to motivation. A lot will expect that to be with the Frenchman on home soil, but that isn't always the case. Still, this is a spot where Paire can sneak a win in if Monaco isn't 100% motivated.

    Futures/Tournament Outlook
    Being a 250 level event and the week before a Slam, this tournament has seen its fair share of surprise Finalists. Last year, it was two seeded player in Gulbis and Delbonis. That was the anomaly though. In 2013, a wild card and non-seed were in the Final and a non-seeded player has made the Final in four of the five years of this tournament's existence.

    So where do we find that non-seed this year? A quick look at some prospects.

    Sam Querrey
    Sure, clay isn't Querrey's bag, but he already has made a 250 Final on dirt in Houston this year. His part of the draw is home to a question mark at #1 in Gilles Simon and a 8th seed in Juan Monaco who might not be thoroughly motivated for the week. Querrey opens with a qualifier and then would work against Monaco or Paire. The toughest out to getting to the semis would likely be 4th seeded Leo Mayer.

    Victor Estrella Burgos/Dominic Thiem
    These two play each other in the 1st round. The winner could be one to watch. The winner faces either Kyrgios or Kukushkin. This is also the part of the draw with Gulbis, Dolgopolov and Stakhovsky. A semifinal run wouldn't be out of the question for one of these guys as both have had their moments on clay. Burgos might be the better bet if he can squeeze by Thiem. He's shown a shade more consistency this season.

    Isner +350
    Mayer +1400
    Querrey +2000
    Surely, you can wait a couple days to invest as there may be a few upsets early that make someone a better option this week. That's probably my M.O. this week, wait and see. These are the ones I look before that though and will monitor for the first couple days.
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    Hey EP, I watched that Sock match vs Lajovic last year.... It was fairly even through the first set. I recall Sock blowing break points in the first set before losing his cool/ self imploding. If fatigue isn't a factor, Socks improved play on the dirt should be too much for Dusan. I believe Lajovic has regressed some?

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    5.17.15 ATP Nice
    Paire +1.5 Sets @ -125

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    Good old Paire. Turd burgular he is.

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    Qualies gonna rule Nice my man, And monfils lite made a main draw!!!

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    5.18.15....ATP Nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by beefcake View Post
    Qualies gonna rule Nice my man, And monfils lite made a main draw!!!
    Eh, I think all the qualifiers blow. They might get one win against a disinterested type like Tomic or Coric, but not real hype about any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaglesPhan36 View Post
    Eh, I think all the qualifiers blow. They might get one win against a disinterested type like Tomic or Coric, but not real hype about any of them.
    always buzzkillin

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaglesPhan36 View Post
    Eh, I think all the qualifiers blow. They might get one win against a disinterested type like Tomic or Coric, but not real hype about any of them.
    Spot on...they sucked..

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlscoutcookies View Post
    always buzzkillin

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    Checking my thinking this week with this one as I generally am not playing Geneva.

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    Always enjoy when you get a 1st set tie break and have the over for the match and it doesn't even come close to getting a push.

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    Well pretty crappy so far this week. Probably go another day and if it stinks too, settle down until the French Open.

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    LoL - the Looch helps a brutha out. Baggy wins the 1st set and my day gets better quickly.

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    Heh like a day above 0.00 and right back under a bit. Still better than where I was about a week and a half ago.

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    Man.Not sure of the line.But fade the hell out of farruk dustov.Lol at brown..linesmakers have finally seen how shitty he is this year and have made daniel the fav.Rightly so.

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    watch him win lol

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    Looking forward to the Roland Garros write-ups!

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    5.19.15
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    ATP Nice
    S.Johnson +1.5 Sets @ +110
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    Lajovic @ ++185

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    why kukushkin over auskid? like lajovic too

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    hehe no winnin so lots ntalking laaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucasdawg View Post
    why kukushkin over auskid? like lajovic too
    Just taking shots on possible disinterested players or seeds losing early that usually happen. Of course last year with this tournament, there were no early upsets.

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    Querry?

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    Lajovic just embarrassed socky lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie Paz View Post
    Querry?
    I don't think Monaco is a great match-up for him on this surface, but Monaco's serve at-times can really suck. I think he'd need Monaco to struggle on-serve and have a great serving day himself to have a shot. Don't see Querrey winning the ground stroke battle on clay.

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    ATP Geneva: Rublev +1.5 Sets @ +125

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    Nice & simple 1st set for Rublev. This kid is gonna be one to keep an eye on at RG.

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    I agree on Rublev

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