Join our expert tennis capper for his ATP Eastbourne tournament analysis. Find out who the undeniable favorite is, as well as the player to fade and the most valuable player to keep an eye on this grass-court event.
The Aegon International takes place in Eastbourne with grass as the chosen surface for this ATP 250 event.
For the first time since 2010, Novak Djokovic will play a grass-court event before Wimbledon. After a disappointing defeat against Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, the three-time Wimbledon champion accepted a wildcard to play in the Aegon International at Eastbourne for the first time in his career. Despite his lack of success in recent months, Djokovic can never be underestimated on any surface. Adding to this, the Serbian holds an astonishing 73 – 17 career record on grass.
Taking a look now at Novak’s draw on this event, the world no.4 starts his campaign in Eastbourne against Vasek Pospisil. In addition to Djokovic’s 4 – 0 lead on the h2h, Pospisil never won a single set against this opponent. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Djokovic’s -1.5 Set Handicap at -149 at William Hill. Besides the value on Novak’s tennis betting odds in the opening round, it’s also possible to find great value on his outright. Therefore, you should also place a bet on the Serbian to leave Eastbourne with the title at +125 at Coral.Free Tennis Pick: Djokovic (+125)Best Odds Offered at Coral.
Player to Fade
Known as one of the greatest athletes in tennis history, Gael Monfils is far from a grass expert. Besides his poor 56.86% winning record on this surface throughout his career, Monfils already said more than once that he doesn’t like to play on grass. For that reason, it’s not surprising that Gael lost on the opening round last week in Halle against his fellow countryman – Richard Gasquet.
Monfils is the highest ranked player on the bottom half of the draw and one of the main favorites to make it to the final. However, it’s impossible to trust on the 30-year-old French on this surface. Despite his unquestionable quality, our recommendations are for you to avoid placing any bet on Gael’s outright at +1100 at Bet365 due to his terrible mindset on this surface.
Player to Keep an Eye
Playing on grass brings the best out of Richard Gasquet. Besides his outstanding 68.89% career record on this surface, Gasquet is also a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist. Despite his recent physical problems, Richard is slowly returning to his best level. Gasquet couldn’t have asked for a better way to start his grass-court season with the 31-year-old French losing only against Alexander Zverev in three close sets at the Gerry Webber Open semifinals.
The 2014 runner-up shouldn’t experience any major problems on his debut this Tuesday against the young American – Frances Tiafoe. Looking now at Richard’s potential opponents in the following rounds, Kevin Anderson and John Isner are the two main threats on his quarter. Despite the tough draw ahead of him, Gasquet is definitely a player to keep an eye on this event after his brilliant campaign in Halle. Having said that, our advice is for you to add Gasquet to your free betting picks throughout this tournament, starting with his -4 spread at -132 at Pinnacle on the opening round match against Tiafoe.