ATP Vienna Semifinals Tennis Pick: Gulbis vs. Johnson Preview

João Mourato

Friday, October 23, 2015 9:48 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 9:48 PM UTC

Surprising final in bottom half of the draw between two unseeded players. Find out our top tennis pick for ATP Vienna semifinals and the best Sportsbook to place your bet.

Ernest Gulbis vs Steve Johnson
Ernest Gulbis reached his first ATP semifinal since ATP Moscow, exactly one year ago. 2015 has been a terrible year for Gulbis, but the Latvian never gave up and kept fighting for better results. The main problem in Ernest’s game is the forehand, his technique on that shot is very unorthodox and Gulbis struggles to be consistent on that groundstroke.

Despite the bad results, Gulbis is having a very good week in Vienna with two straight victories against massive servers: John Isner and Ivo Karlovic. Ernest has been much more consistent on his matches and that was the key for this two victories. The Latvian has played extremely well under pressure, saving 85.0% of break points.

It has been a tremendous week for Steve Johnson, the American needed three sets in all his previous matches but managed to defeat very tough opponents: Alexandr Dolgopolov, Jerzy Janowicz and Kevin Anderson.

Johnson serve is his biggest weapon and this week the American is winning 93.6% of service games. Steve never played an ATP final and it would be incredible for him to reach his first final on an ATP 500 event.

Gulbis will be looking for his first win against Johnson, after losing the two previous matches, both played in USA.

The two players have been serving at great level, holding more than 90% of their service games this week. From the baseline this should be a very interesting match-up, Johnson’s forehand is his best groundstroke while Gulbis has a much more reliable backhand.

Despite the negative h2h, Gulbis has a great opportunity to reach the final on this event. Ernest has been playing very good tennis and his crossed backhand should make a lot of damage on Steve’s backhand.

Gulbis is priced as underdog and we’ll add his tennis odds to our tennis picks.

Tennis Pick: Ernest Gulbis +111 at Pinnacle

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