Join us on our BB&T Atlanta Open tournament analysis that takes places in Atlanta and find out who are the main contenders and the highest value tennis picks to place.
The three-time winner and defending champion of this event – John Isner – is once again the main contender to lift the trophy. Before starting to compete at full time on the ATP World Tour, Isner attended the University of Georgia, which makes this a very special place for John with the American saying that he feels at home on this court.
As it usually happens in the ATP 250 events, the four highest ranked players have a bye in the first round and for that reason, Isner will only start his campaign in the second round where he might face Adrian Mannarino. The Frenchman is known for his terrific counter punching skills but also for his passive game style, which is usually fatal against Isner – with the American losing only one set on their previous five meetings.
Looking now to John’s potential opponents in the quarterfinals, the defending champion might face one of the most promising young players on the tour, Taylor Fritz. Despite Taylor’s potential and undeniable quality, there is still a long way ahead for the 18 years old and for that reason, Isner should be too strong for his fellow countryman, especially in pressure situations like tie-breaks.
Things should get tougher for Isner in the semifinals where he can face another tremendous server – Kevin Anderson. However, John holds the edge with an 8 – 3 lead on the h2h against the South-African and with victories in all their last five meetings.
Nick Kyrgios is the highest ranked player on the bottom half of the draw and main favorite to reach the final. However, the Australian was absolutely awful on his previous contest in Toronto against Denis Shapovalov, showing no effort at all and ending the match with 18 double faults.
If Nick presents himself at good level on this event we have no doubts that he can reach the final yet, it’s very hard for us to trust him at this time, especially on a lower level event like this and for that reason, our suggestion is for you to avoid placing any bet on Kyrgios.
Player to keep an eye on
Despite not having a very successful year in singles, Ivan Dodig is having a tremendous season in doubles, reaching this event after winning the Masters 1000 Toronto title in doubles.
Known for his competitive mindset, Dodig never gives anything for free to his opponents with a terrific defensive game and great skills at the net.
Looking to Ivan’s draw on this event, the Croatian is on the bottom half of the draw and this might be a good opportunity for him to make a good run. Dodig starts his campaign against Sergiy Stakhovsky and even though he’s priced as an underdog, Ivan’s solid baseline game should be too much for the inconsistent Ukrainian.
In the following round, Dodig might face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, a player who lost the previous two games against Ivan and who is also far from his best in recent weeks.
Dodig’s run might end in the quarterfinals against Alexandr Dolgopolov yet, there seems to be clear value on the Croatian and for that reason, we recommend you to keep an eye on him during this event.
Free Tennis Pick: John Isner +250
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Record: 27-11-1 +15.58