ATP Houston Betting Analysis & Free Tennis Picks

João Mourato

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5:32 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 5:32 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his tennis betting analysis for the ATP  Houston. Find out who the main contender is, as well as the defending champion and the player to keep an eye on this event.

ATP Houston

The Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship takes place in Houston with clay as the chosen surface for this event.

Main Contender

The 2013 champion John Isner will look to continue splendid form in Houston after his victory at the Miami Open. The 32-year-old became the first American since Andy Roddick in 2010 to win the title in Crandon Park. Adding to this, Isner extended his winning streak to 7 matches with a four-set victory over Joris de Loore in the Davis Cup quarterfinals last weekend.

The No.1 seed shouldn’t experience any major problems on his debut in Houston against Henri Laaksonen. Despite Laaksonen’s solid performance in the opening round against Dustin Brown, the Swiss lost all his previous six official encounters against top-20 opponents. Moreover, Isner emerged victorious from their prior meeting at the Davis Cup in 2016. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add the American’s -1.5 Set Handicap at -133 at Pinnacle.

Free Tennis Pick: John Isner -1.5 Set Handicap (-133)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Defending Champion

Steve Johnson is one of five former Houston champions in this year’s draw. The defending champion clawed his way back from a set down to defeat Ernesto Escobedo on his opening match at the 2018 U.S. Clay Court Championship. Despite slow start, the world No.51 found great rhythm on his serve toward the end of the second set with Escobedo winning only 20.00% of the points played on Steve’s serve in the decisive set. At the age 28, Johnson is trying to become the first player to win back-to-back titles in Houston since Andy Roddick in 2002.

Johnson returns to action this Thursday against Frances Tiafoe. The sportsbooks expect a close encounter with Francis as the slight favorite at -137 at William Hill while Steve is available at +134 at Pinnacle. Even though we understand Tiafoe’s favoritism after his good results in recent months, it’s hard to ignore the value on Johnson’s side. Therefore, our advice is for you to add the defending champion to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Steve Johnson ML (+134)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Player to Keep an Eye

Jack Sock hopes to rediscover top form in Houston after disappointing start to 2018. Playing in the River Oaks Country Club brings the best out of Sock with the world No.16 winning 76.47% of the matches played throughout his career on this event. Adding to this, the 25-year-old reached the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships Final in two of his last three appearances in Houston.

Looking now at Jack's draw on this event, the 2015 champion won't have an easy task on his debut against Horacio Zeballos. Known as one of the best clay court players in the game, the Argentinean started his campaign in Houston with an impressive 6 - 1 6 - 2 win over Yoshihito Nishioka. Nevertheless, it's impossible to ignore Sock's brilliant record on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on the American's tennis betting odds at -149 at 5Dimes. On the other hand, placing a bet on Sock's outright at +600 at BetVictor is also an interesting betting approach for this tournament.

Free Tennis Pick: Jack Sock ML (-161)
Best Line Available: at 5Dimes

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