After two thrilling weeks in Melbourne, the ATP tournaments return to Europe. Find out our ATP Montpellier analysis, the main contenders and the highest value players to bet on.
The two-time winner and defending champion, Richard Gasquet, is the highest ranked player on this year’s ATP Montpellier edition. This will be Gasquet’s first official tournament in 2016, after withdrawing from the Australian Open due to a back injury. Gilles Simon is, in theory, the toughest opponent on Richard’s half of the draw, and despite leading the h2h by 6 – 1 against Gilles, they haven’t faced since 2012. Adding to this, Simon arrives to this competition after performing at great level on the Australian Open. Besides Simon, there are other dangerous players on Gasquet’s half of the draw, such as Ernest Gulbis or Marcos Baghdatis. This will be Richard’s first tournament since November 2015 and for that reason, we advise to avoid betting on Gasquet to win this competition at 5.00 on Bet365.
After a disappointing 3rd round loss at the Australian Open, Marin Cilic will try to extend his good results on Indoor Hard Courts. The Croatian performs at his best on these game conditions, with a career winning record of 71.19% while his Overall Record is 64.94%. Cilic’s numbers are even more impressive if we look at his recent results on ATP 250 events played on Indoor Hard, with the Croatian winning the previous 17 matches he played. Marin’s strong serve is even more effective on these courts and the 2014 US Open champion has a very good draw this week. The highest ranked player on Cilic’s half is Gael Monfils, however the French is known for his inconsistency and after reaching the quarterfinals in Melbourne is unlikely to see Gael at his best. With this in mind, we advise to grab the Croatian’s tennis odds at 4.33 on bet365.
The Indoor Hard Court conditions also suit Gilles Simon’s game style, with the French performing at his best on this surface. Simon’s counter punching skills and terrific footwork are the main reasons for his success on these courts, however the world no. 15 was never able to win the title in Montpellier. Simon’s best result on this tournament was achieved in 2012, when he reached the semifinals. As we already mentioned, Simon is on top half of the draw where he might face Richard Gasquet. Although his negative career record against his fellow countryman and as we also referred, Simon is currently at a very good level while Gasquet hasn’t played for several months. Having said that, is possible to find value on Simon at 5.50 on bet365 and we suggest to add him to your tennis picks.
Player To Keep An Eye On
The former world no. 8 and 2006 Australian Open runner-up, Marcos Baghdatis, is our choice for this event as a player to keep an eye on. Baghdatis loves to play on these game conditions, where his baseline movement and ability to hit the ball early are very effective. Marcos is known for being overweight, but the Cypriot had a very intense preparation for this season and seems to be in terrific physical shape. Marcos might face Richard Gasquet in quarterfinals and that’s a good match-up for him, with Baghdatis leading the h2h by 3 – 0. However, Gilles Simon might be too much for Baghdatis on the semifinals and for that reason, we suggest to trade the Cypriot on this event, where he should reach at least the quarterfinals.