2017 French Open Predictions: ATP Day 2

Joao Mourato

Sunday, May 28, 2017 4:50 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 28, 2017 4:50 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selection for the ATP French Open Day 2. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/A0FtQokbpgs", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Yen-Hsun Lu vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky (q)

At the age of 31, Sergiy Stakhovsky is trying to return to the top 100. Due to his low ranking, Stakhovsky had to play the qualifying in Roland Garros with the Ukrainian securing a place in the main draw after three tough victories over Kenny de Schepper, Stefan Kozlov, and Jan Satral. Known as one of the few serve & volley players on the ATP World Tour, Stakhovsky is never an easy opponent with an outstanding 15 – 11 career record in Roland Garros.

Despite his undeniable quality on fast surfaces such as hard court or grass, Yen-Hsun Lu is probably the worst clay-court player on the top 100. Besides his lack of success on this surface, Lu rarely competes on red dirt. Looking at his career numbers, Yen-Hsu already played 709 matches on Hard Court. On the other hand, this is only his 33rd career match on clay with Lu winning only 21.88% of his previous 32 matches on this surface.

These two players are no strangers with Yen-Hsu winning three of their previous four meetings. Despite Lu’s lead on the h2h, this is their first encounter on red dirt.

Due to Lu’s terrible record on this surface, it’s impossible to trust him. By contrast, Stakhovsky is already used to the court conditions in Paris after playing three matches in the qualifying. Therefore, our recommendation is for you to add Stakhovsky to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this match.


Free Tennis Pick: Sergiy Stakhovsky -185Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Damir Dzumhur vs. Nicolas Kicker (q)

Regardless of this Monday’s outcome, Nicolas Kicker already secured his career-high ranking.  At the age of 24, Kicker makes his debut in Grand Slam main draws. Therefore, this is also the Argentinean’s first best-of-five sets match in his career. Despite Kicker’s recent improvements, he’s still taking the first steps on the ATP World Tour. Nicolas’ career record against top 100 opponents is a perfect example of that with only 3 victories and 16 defeats.

Playing on Grand Slam events brings the best out of Damir Dzumhur with two appearances already throughout his career in the 3rd round of a Major. Despite his improvements on the other surfaces in recent years, clay is definitely the one where Damir plays his best tennis. Adding to this, Dzumhur always counts with a very strong support from the Bosnian fans in Paris. Even though Damir only won 33.33% of the matches throughout the European clay-court season, he’s the kind of player who usually raises his level on the big stages.

When looking at these two players’ rankings, there isn’t much separating them with Kicker as the world no.94 and Dzumhur as the world no.96. However, more than 60% of Nicolas’ points come from the Challenger Tour while Damir is much more used to compete at this level. For that reason, Dzumhur’s higher experience at this level should be crucial for his success in this match. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Damir’s betting odds by placing a bet on his moneyline to secure a place in the following round.


Free Tennis Pick: Damir Dzumhur -145Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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