Join our expert tennis capper for his ATP Halle tournament analysis. Find out who the undeniable favorite is, as well as the most valuable players to eep an eye on this grass-court event.
The Gerry Weber Open takes place in Halle with grass as the chosen surface for this ATP 500 event.
The eight-time Gerry Weber Open champion – Roger Federer – is once again the undeniable favorite to lift the trophy in Halle. Known as one of the best grass-court players in tennis history, Federer holds a phenomenal 87.57% career record on this surface. Despite his disappointing defeat against Tommy Haas in Stuttgart, Roger didn’t experience any problems on his debut in Halle with an easy 6 – 3 6 – 1 win over Yuichi Sugita.
Taking a look now at Federer’s draw on this event, the 35-year-old Swiss shouldn’t have any major issues in the following two rounds against Mischa Zverev and Lucas Pouille. Considering now Roger’s potential opponents in the semifinals, Kei Nishikori is the main threat on his half of the draw. Besides winning 71.43% of their previous seven meetings, Roger proved too strong for Nishikori earlier this year in Melbourne. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Federer to your betting picks to win his 9th title in Halle at +110 at Bet365.
At the age of 20, Alexander Zverev is the youngest player since Juan Martin Del Potro in 2008 to break into the top 10. In addition to his terrific 75.00% winning record over the last 12 months in his home country, playing in Halle brings great memories to Zverev after reaching the final in 2016. After a surprising defeat against Gilles Muller at the Ricoh Open in s-Hertogenbosch, Alexander started his campaign in Halle with a 6 – 3 6 – 2 victory against Paolo Lorenzi. Besides firing an impressive average of 0.78 aces per service game, the world no.12 didn’t allow a single break of serve to the Italian.
Zverev returns to action this Wednesday to play against another German player – Philipp Kohlschreiber. Despite Philipp’s 2 – 0 lead on the h2h against this opponent, Kohlschreiber was far from impressive on his opening round match against João Sousa. Adding to this, Zverev is also playing at a much higher level than his fellow countryman. For that reason, Alexander should be an interesting play to add to a parlay at -181 at Pinnacle.
Besides the value on Zverev’s moneyline in the following round, William Hill also offers a very interesting price for the 20-year-old German to win the title in Halle at +600. Even though Alexander won’t have an easy task, with very dangerous players on his half of the draw such as Dominic Thiem or Richard Gasquet, our recommendation is for you to place a small stake on his tennis betting odds since we expect to see him in the decisive match against Federer.
Against all expectations, Florian Mayer won his first ATP 500 event last year in Halle. Despite his unquestionable quality on this surface, Mayer is not going through a good moment in his career. With a terrible 3 – 11 record in 2017, Florian’s hopes to win a second consecutive title on this event are close to zero.
Even though Mayer started his journey in Halle with an exceptional win over Benoit Paire in straight sets, Lucas Pouille should be too strong for the defending champion in the following round. Having said that, our advice is for you to fade the defending champion by placing a bet on Pouille to secure a place in the quarterfinals at -175 at Coral.