Free Picks: Top Plays of the Day For ATP French Open Day 1

João Mourato

Saturday, May 21, 2016 6:00 PM GMT

Join us on our daily coverage of the ATP French Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 1 and why should you place these two valuable tennis bets.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Viktor Troicki (22)
Grigor Dimitrov reaches this event after three consecutive losses. It hasn’t been an easy year for the Bulgarian and things got even worse a few weeks ago in Istanbul, where he lost the final against Diego Schwartzman after a point penalty for smashing his racket on match point down. After that meltdown, Dimitrov lost the following two matches he played in Madrid against Pablo Carreno Busta and in Rome against Alexander Zverev, both in straight sets.

After starting the year at great level with a title in Sydney and a final in Sofia, the last months haven’t also been easy for Viktor Troicki. The Serbian is a tremendous defender with outstanding counter punching skills, especially on the backhand side; however, is very hard for Viktor to generate pace with his own groundstrokes. Troicki reaches this event after winning only 2 of the 6 matches he played on clay and those losses were against a player outside top 200 – Marton Fucsovics – and a very erratic player who is far from his best level – Teymuraz Gabashvili.

This will be the fourth career meeting between these two players, with Dimitrov leading the h2h by 2 – 1. Looking at their previous encounters, two of them took place earlier this year with Grigor winning in Brisbane by 5 – 7 7 – 6 6 – 2 while Troicki emerged victorious in Sydney by 2 – 6 6 – 1 7 – 6.

Both players are still trying to find their best tennis and as it happened on their previous two meetings earlier this year, this one should also go to distance. We expect a match with at least four sets and one tie break as well. For that reason, our suggestion is for you to add the Over to your tennis picks as the best play on this match.

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 39.5 +100
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Jeremy Chardy (30) vs Leonardo Mayer
This is a very important competition for Jeremy Chardy, not only because he’s playing on his home country, but also because he reached the 4th round last year and has 180 points to defend. Jeremy can be a very dangerous player with the serve and forehand as his biggest weapons yet, the French is also known for his tremendous inconsistency. Chardy has been very erratic on serve this year with an average of 0.46 double faults per service game while his career average is 0.34.

Leonardo Mayer loves to compete on Grand Slams and he’s also a very reliable player on them, with his previous loss on the main draw of a Grand Slam event when priced as favorite in 2010 against Guillaume Rufin at the US Open. Mayer is also known for his powerful tennis but when compared to his opponent, his groundstrokes are much more reliable – especially the backhand.

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

This match will take place in Philippe-Chatrier Court with Chardy counting with a huge support yet, it might not be enough for him to overcome this opponent. Chardy is offering too many free points to his opponents with double faults and that should be fatal against such a great server as Mayer. The Argentinean is also able to maintain a higher level of tennis for a longer period, which is very important on a best of 5 sets match. Having said that, we recommend you to take advantage of Mayer’s tennis odds by placing a bet on him.

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Free Tennis Pick: Leonardo Mayer ML +120
Best Line Offered: at William Hill