Join us on our Intrum Stockholm Open analysis that takes place this week. Find out who the former champion is, as well as the player to fade and keep an eye on this ATP 250 event.
The Intrum Stockholm Open takes place at the Kungliga Tennishallen with Indoor Hard Court as the chosen surface for this ATP 250 event.
Playing in Stockholm brings the best out of Marcos Baghdatis. Besides winning the title in 2009, the former world no.8 holds a terrific 70.59% career record at the Intrum Stockholm Open. Despite some concerns regarding Baghdatis’ physical condition, the 32-year-old started his campaign on this event with a 6 – 3 6 – 4 win over Norbert Gombos. Known as one of the best competitors in the game, Baghdatis didn’t allow a single break point opportunity to Gombos on the previous round.
The Cypriot returns to action this Thursday against Yuichi Sugita. At the age of 29, Sugita is going through the best moment of his career with an outstanding 46 – 22 record in 2017. Adding to this, Sugita emerged victorious from their previous encounter at the Antalya Open earlier this season. Nevertheless, it’s always hard to go against Baghdatis on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Marcos’ tennis betting odds to reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals for the fourth time in his career at -125 at 5Dimes.
Player to Fade
Kevin Anderson continues his quest for a first ever appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Against all expectations, Anderson became the first South-African to reach a Grand Slam final since Kevin Curren at Wimbledon in 1985. Despite Anderson’s brilliant numbers in recent month, the South-African holds a poor 2 – 2 record since his incredible run in Flushing Meadows. Adding to this, the South-African only won 44.44% of the matches played throughout his career in Stockholm.
Looking now at Kevin’s draw on this event, the world no.16 starts his campaign this Thursday against Hyeon Chung. Despite Kevin’s unquestionable quality, it won’t be easy for the world no.16 to overcome such a tough opponent as Chung. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to avoid placing any bet on Anderson’s moneyline. On the other hand, Pinnacle offers a very interesting line for Chung’s +1.5 Set Handicap at -122.
Player to Keep an Eye
The former world no.12 – Viktor Troicki – couldn’t ask for more on his Intrum Stockholm Open debut. Known as one of the best servers in the game, Troicki didn’t experience any problems on his opening match against Simone Bolelli. Adding to this, the fast court conditions in Stockholm are perfect for Troicki’s game style. Despite Troicki’s disappointing 25 – 25 record in 2017, the 31-year-old is returning to his best level. Besides winning four of his last five matches on the ATP World Tour, Viktor reached the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarterfinals for the first time in his career.
Troicki returns to action this Thursday against Mischa Zverev. Famous for his exceptional serve & volley skills, Zverev is never an easy opponent on these fast court conditions. However, Troicki is far from an easy match-up for the German. For that reason, our advice is for you to add Viktor to your betting picks at -114 at BetOnline as the most valuable line for this contest.