Free Tennis Pick: Top Plays For ATP French Open Day 5, May 31st

Joao Mourato

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:43 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 31, 2017 6:43 PM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the ATP French Open. Find out our top tennis picks for Day 5 and why you should place these two valuable tennis picks.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Thiago Monteiro vs. Gael Monfils (15)

Despite concerns regarding Gael Monfils’ physical condition for this French Open, the home favorite started his campaign in Paris with an impressive straight sets victory against the dangerous Dustin Brown. Playing in Roland Garros brings great memories to Gael with an outstanding 29 - 11 career record on this event. As usual, Monfils’ consistency was the key to his success with the world no.16 ending the match against Brown with 22 winners and only 11 unforced errors.

At the age of 23, Thiago Monteiro secured a place in the 2nd round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career. As usually happens with most South-Americans, Monteiro is well known as a clay-court expert. Despite his victory against Alexander Muller in the opening round, Thiago was far from impressive in that match. Besides losing two sets against the French qualifier, Thiago ended the match with a terrible 0.63 winners / unforced errors ratio.

This match is scheduled for the Philippe-Chatrier Court, the biggest court in Roland Garros. Due to Thiago’s lack of experience at this level, it won’t be easy for the Brazilian to perform at his best in such a big stadium and against a home player. Adding to this, Gael is also famous for playing his best tennis in Roland Garros. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Monfils’ set handicap to your betting picks since we can’t see Monteiro creating any major problems to the local player.


Free Tennis Pick: Gael Monfils -2.5 Set Handicap (-121)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Nicolas Almagro vs. Juan Martin Del Potro (29)

Juan Martin Del Potro couldn’t ask for a better return to Roland Garros after a five-year absence. Although it’s never easy to play against a good friend, Del Potro proved too strong for his fellow countryman – Guido Pella. Besides ending the match with 33 winners and only 24 unforced errors, Del Potro didn’t face a single break point throughout the entire match. Playing on the big stages brings the best out of Juan Martin with the 2009 US Open champion winning 72.38% of the matches played throughout his career on Grand Slam events.

Nicolas Almagro’s glorious days are long gone with the former world no.9 currently ranked outside the top 60. Despite his undeniable quality, Almagro is no longer the same player after struggling with several physical problems in recent years. In fact, Nicolas’ attendance in Roland Garros was in doubt after his recent retirement from the Internazionali BNL D’Italia due to a left-knee injury. Taking a look now at Almagro’s campaign in Roland Garros, the world no.69 booked a place in the 2nd round after a shaky performance against Marcos Baghdatis.

This will be the 5th career meeting between these two players with Del Potro winning three of their previous four meetings. In addition to Del Potro’s lead on the h2h, the Argentinean didn’t lose a single set in the last three matches against this opponent.

Due to Almagro’s recent physical problems, it’s impossible to find any value on the Spaniard’s betting odds. On the other hand, Del Potro is going through a great moment and should be too strong for Nicolas. Having said that, we expect to see Del Potro not only winning the match but also covering his spread.


Free Tennis Pick: Juan Martin Del Potro -6 (-111)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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