Andreas Seppi vs Roberto Bautista Agut (2)
Former world No.18 Andreas Seppi produced a stunning comeback in the second round of the Zhuhai Open on Thursday. Seppi saved five match points in a third-set tie break to beat Chinese wild card Zhizhen Zhang 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(8) in two hours and 44 minutes. The Italian No.5 reached his first tour-level quarterfinal since February but admitted he was extremely tired after such a long battle.
Looking now at Seppi’s draw on this event, the Bolzano native will next take on Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the semi-finals of the Zhuhai Open. Bautista Agut got off to a strong start in Zhuhai on Thursday, defeating fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar in straight sets. Despite Roberto’s disappointing defeat in the first round of the US Open against Mikhail Kukushkin, the world No.10 is one of the main contenders to lift the trophy on this event.
This will be the fourth official meeting between these two players with Seppi still looking to win a match against this opponent. The sportsbooks are well aware of Bautista Agut’s dominance in their head-to-head with the No.2 seed as the main favorite to win this match at -388 with 5Dimes. On the other hand, Seppi spent almost three hours on court in the previous round and lost 39 of his last 42 official matches against Top 10 players. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Roberto’s spread to your tennis betting picks as the best approach for this contest.
Alison Riske vs Petra Kvitova (5)
Alison Riske’s dream run at the Wuhan Open continued on Thursday after a 6-1, 6-3 win over No.3 seed Elina Svitolina in one hour and 24 minutes. The 29-year-old has now won three of her last four official meetings against Top 10 players, including a three-set victory against world No.1 Ashleigh Barty in Wimbledon. Known as one of the most aggressive players on the WTA Tour, Riske broke serve five times and won 52.17% of the points on Svitolina’s serve. Adding to this, Alison is guaranteed to climb to a new career-high ranking next week with an unprecedented appearance in the Top 30.
Riske will next face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who needed just 73 minutes to get past Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in the quarterfinals of the Wuhan Open. Kvitova is the most successful player in the history of this tournament, winning two of the previous five editions of the Wuhan Open. Moreover, the fast court conditions on this event suit her powerful game.
Despite Petra’s impressive results in Wuhan, the No.5 seed won’t have an easy task in the semifinals against Riske. The American has always been a very tough matchup for Kvitova, winning at least one set in their two previous encounters on the WTA Tour. Therefore, our recommendation is to take advantage of the value on Alison’s tennis betting odds by adding her spread to our parlay.
Best Parlay: Total Odds (+180) with Pinnacle
- Bautista Agut -3.5 (-149)
- Riske +5 (-147)