Join our expert tennis capper for his ATP Winston-Salem tournament analysis. Find out who the main contender is, as well as the player to fade and to keep an eye on this event.
The Winston-Salem Open takes place in Winston-Salem with Hard Court as the chosen surface for this ATP 250 event.
After a disappoint defeat against Pablo Carreno Busta at the 2016 Winston-Salem Open final, Roberto Bautista Agut is trying to go a step further on this year’s edition. Known as one of the best Hard Court players on the ATP World Tour, the 29-year-old possesses one of the deadliest forehands in the game. Adding to this, Bautista Agut holds a terrific 62.56% winning record throughout his career on this surface.
Looking now at Roberto’s draw on this event, the 2016 runner-up shouldn’t experience any major problems on his debut against Dusan Lajovic. Despite Lajovic’s unquestionable quality on clay, the Serbian is far from an expert on this surface. Adding to this, Bautista Agut won all their previous three official meetings. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Roberto’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the world no.15 to cover his -4.5 spread at +107 at Pinnacle. Besides the value on Bautista Agut’s spread in the following round, placing a small bet on his outright at +500 at BetVictor is also an interesting approach to this tournament.
Player to Fade
The two-time Winston-Salem champion – John Isner – returns to North Carolina after a two-year absence. After a slow start to 2017, Isner is going through a great moment in his career with an outstanding 85.71% winning record since his defeat against Dudi Sela in the second round of Wimbledon.
Despite his tremendous success in recent weeks, it won’t be easy for John to find the proper motivation with the US Open around the corner. After a very demanding week in Cincinnati, Isner is well aware that another good run in Winston-Salem might jeopardize his chances in Flushing Meadows. On the other hand, the 32-year-old won’t have an easy debut in Winston-Salem against the unpredictable Andrey Kuznetsov. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to avoid placing any bet on the American’s outright at +500 at Bet365.
Player to Keep an Eye
Yuichi Sugita continues his sensational run in 2017. Besides winning his first ATP World Tour title in Antalya, the 28-year-old Japanese holds a phenomenal 37 – 17 record this season. Adding to this, Sugita couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the US Open Series after an unprecedented appearance in the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals.
Taking a look now at Sugita’s draw in Winston-Salem, the world no.43 starts his campaign this Tuesday against Taylor Fritz. Known as one of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour, Fritz failed to meet expectations in 2017. On the other hand, the 19-year-old was far from impressive on his debut against Malek Jaziri. Besides ending the match with a terrible average of 0.60 double faults per service game, the American teenager allowed 12 break point chances to his opponent. Due to Yuichi’s brilliant results in recent months and Taylor’s shaky performance in the previous round, our suggestion is for you to add the Japanese to your betting picks at -110 at Pinnacle as the most valuable play for this encounter.