ATP & WTA Madrid Day 5: Top Plays Of The Day

João Mourato

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:40 PM GMT

Join us on our daily coverage of the ATP & WTA Madrid event. Find out our top tennis picks on both competitions for Day 5 and why should you place these two valuable bets.

Stan Wawrinka (4) vs. Nick Kyrgios
After failing to win the ATP Estoril title last week, where we picked Nick Kyrgios as the main favorite for the title, the Australian started his campaign in Madrid with a 7 – 6 6 – 4 triumph over Guido Pella. Last year Kyrgios featured one of his best career victories on this event, defeating Roger Federer in a monumental battle that required three tie breaks. The fast conditions in Madrid suit Kyrgios powerful serve and the Australian showed that on the first round, firing 16 aces and not facing a single break point against Pella.

The 2013 ATP Madrid runner-up, Stan Wawrinka, is looking for a better performance this year after winning only one match on his two previous appearances on this event. Clay is Wawrinka’s favorite surface, with Stan winning 69.06% of the matches he played throughout his career on this surface while his overall winning record is 64.00%. Last year Stan showed all his quality on clay by winning the French Open yet, he’s also known for struggling to perform at a consistent level.

These two players will face each other for the fourth time on their careers, with Wawrinka leading on h2h by 2 – 1.

This will be their first encounter on clay but as we mentioned, the conditions in Madrid are faster than usually on a clay court. Both players are great servers and in this fast conditions, at least one tie break should take place. Having said that, we believe that this match should go to distance and for that reason, our suggestion is for you to add the Over to your tennis picks.

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 23 (-114)
Best Line Offered: at Bodog

 

Simona Halep (6) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (10)
It hasn’t been an easy year for Simona Halep, with several physical problems affecting her game and also her confidence. After a disappointing 1 – 6 2 – 6 loss in Stuttgart against Laura Siegemund, Halep started her campaign in Madrid with two solid victories – 6 – 0 6 – 3 against Misaki Doi and 6 – 1 6 – 1 over Karin Knapp. It’s good to see Halep returning to her best level and this victories will certainly raise the Romanian’s confidence. Halep has been serving at very good level this week, with an average of 0.64 aces per service game while her average this season is 0.16.

It has been a successful start of clay season for Timea Bacsinszky, with the Suisse winning the title last week in Rabat. Timea reach this stage of the competition after two tough victories over Andrea Petkovic and Ekaterina Makarova, both in three sets. Bacsinszky is a great competitor, never giving anything for free to her opponents and mixing things up very well with a tricky forehand slice.

This will be the fourth career meeting between these two players, with Halep leading on h2h by 2 – 1; however, it was Bacsinszky who won the previous meeting earlier this year in Miami by 4 – 6 6 – 3 6 – 2.

Both are terrific players and we should witness some great rallies on this match. Timea is never an easy opponent to beat but this time, Simona should emerge victorious. The Romanian is returning to her best level and this seems to be a great opportunity to bet on Simona. The tennis odds on Halep present good value and with that in mind, our recommendation for this match is for you to place a wager on the Romanian spread.

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Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep -3.5 (-110)
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker