ATP Monte Carlo Day 3: Top Plays for Tuesday

João Mourato

Monday, April 11, 2016 6:41 PM GMT

Monday, Apr. 11, 2016 6:41 PM GMT

Join us and find out our two top betting selections for the ATP Monte Carlo Day 3. We'll provided a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab these two valuable tennis picks.

Roger Federer (3) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez started his campaign with a good straight sets victory over Thomaz Bellucci. Garcia-Lopez played very well under pressure, saving all five break points he faced and breaking his opponent three times. Guillermo is known for his competitive mindset and we often see him giving a great fight to top players – like he did earlier this year at the Australian Open against Kei Nishikori. This is a special tournament for Guillermo, with the Spaniard reaching the quarterfinals in 2014 – where he only lost to Novak Djokovic on a third set.

After being away from tour for several months due to a knee injury, Roger Federer returns to competition. Besides Rome, Monte Carlo is the other Masters event where Federer was never able to grab the trophy, losing four times on the decisive match. Federer’s idea in the beginning of the season was to skip almost all clay season but due to his injury, he was forced to reschedule his year and decided to play on other clay events besides Roland Garros.

These two players faced three times before, with Federer winning all of them in straight sets, but is important to mention that they never faced on clay and those three matches occurred between 2006 and 2009.

This should be a very good match and even though Garcia-Lopez poor record against Federer, we believe that the Spaniard should give a good fight on this match. It won’t be easy for Roger to return after so many weeks away, especially because he’s a kind of player who is not used to be injured and this is not a “normal” position for him. Guillermo is a great competitor and with that in mind, we suggest taking advantage of Garcia-Lopez tennis odds by placing a bet on his spread for this contest.

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Free Tennis Pick: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez +5.5 (-120)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Daniel Gimeno-Traver (q) vs. Pablo Cuevas
For the fourth time on his career, Daniel Gimeno-Traver will play the Monte Carlo Masters main draw, after defeating on the qualifying Farrukh Dustov and Marcel Granollers. It hasn’t been an easy start of year for Gimeno-Traver, but the 30 years old Spaniard is back to his favorite surface, where he won 13 of his 14 career titles on Challenger Tour. Daniel likes to control the points with his forehand, while his backhand is not so reliable and we often see Gimeno-Traver using the slice to keep himself on the rallies.

It has been a great season so far for Pablo Cuevas on clay, losing only 1 of the 12 matches played – against the world no.8 David Ferrer – and winning two titles in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Pablo’s kick serve is extremely effective on this surface, especially from the advantage side where the Uruguayan opens the court very well. This is Cuevas’ first career appearance on Monte Carlo Masters main draw, with his previous appearance in 2009 where he lost in the qualifying stage.

This will be the third career meeting between these two players, with Cuevas leading on the h2h by 2 – 0. However, both matches took place several years ago in 2009.

Cuevas is clearly the better player and this is also a very good match-up for the Uruguayan. Pablo’s kick serve will explore Gimeno-Traver’s weaker backhand and there isn’t much the Spaniard can do from the baseline against this opponent. Having said that, we’re expecting a good victory from Cuevas and for that reason, we’ll add his set handicap to our tennis picks as the best play for this match.

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Free Tennis Pick: Pablo Cuevas -1.5 Set Handicap (-140)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

 

 

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