Djokovic – 1200 vs. Milos Raonic +700
Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic meet for the third time in, arguably, the most pivotal clash of their respective careers: Djokovic, the bookies favourite at +100 to win outright, is hoping to win his first-ever French Open, thereby completing the career slam by week’s end; Raonic, meanwhile, is hoping to break new ground by reaching his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final, perhaps, even, go further to win his first major title, a happenstance listed at +4000 in French Open outright betting markets.
Djokovic leads the head-to-head 2-0, having beaten Raonic twice – in the semi-finals of Davis Cup action between Canada and Serbia (2013) and the semi-finals at the Rome Masters (2014). Both matches were played on clay, serving a handy preview of what tennis bettors could potentially expect from this matchup when the pair collide on Tuesday. Indeed, Djokovic enters the clash as the prohibitive favourite at -1200 while Raonic is listed as the massive underdog at +700. It’s clear why Djokovic is the favourite in this clash, but it’s also clear that Raonic has the class to beat Djokovic. Their last encounter in Rome was a tight three-set affair that went the distance 6-7(5), 7-6 (4), 6-3 to Djokovic. The Serbian starlet later admitted to being somewhat surprised by Raonic during that encounter, candidly confessing that he hadn’t believe the Canadian had as good a clay-court game in him as he’d brought to court that day.
If Djokovic should take
suitable note of Raonic, shouldn’t the odds makers? Shouldn’t we?
Beating a player of Djokovic’s ilk in a best-of-five scenario is no mean feat. Raonic has the goods: the big serve, the big forehand, to make life difficult for Djokovic. He’s also developed a more, well-rounded game since bursting onto the scene, showing off deft touch, and net and volley skills over the course of the clay swing. Whether he can come of age against one of the best players in today’s game is up in the air...Difficult it might be to fathom, and highly unanticipated by odds makers across all sportsbook platforms it is. It’s not improbable, though.
Tennis Betting Verdict: Djokovic vs. Raonic
Djokovic is the popular tennis pick, so if you are looking to back the Serbian, the value picks are in predicting how many sets he’ll need to accomplish the expected win at -1200. Since Raonic took a set off him in Rome, we expect a tight contest again: back Djokovic to win in four or five sets at +275 and +750, respectively.
If you are looking to take a chance on Raonic to come of age against Djokovic however, his odds to win outright are tempting at +700. He’s an even more tempting tennis bet at + 1800 to win in four sets or at +1600 to win in five sets.
Free Tennis Picks: Raonic to win outright at +700.
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Tomas Berdych -150 vs. Ernests Gulbis +120
Tomas Berdych enters his quarterfinal date with Ernests Gulbis as the favourite at -150, but Ernests Gulbis has the goods to beat him, and at +120 tennis odds, he cuts fine value on your tennis picks. Speaking of players coming of age, Ernests Gulbis just did by beating Roger Federer in a five-set marathon in the R16. The task before Gulbis now is to back it up. As far as matchup goes, he couldn’t have asked for a better scenario than Berdych presents – a consistent top ten player, but one of the most beatable in that lot.
Undoubtedly, Berdych has the quality, skills and organic talent to win majors, but he hasn’t, which means it’s all between the ears. Mentally, Berdych is a bit soft. He doesn’t compete well on the big occasion, and when push comes to shove, he more often than not, waffles. Gulbis is a ham; he loves the spotlight, embraces it to the point of being a bit cocky and arrogant. He has a healthy disrespect for the top set, so he won’t be overwhelmed by the big occasion, even if he’s never reached a semi-final of a Grand Slam before. His commitment to the game has been consistently criticised, however. Often his approach to the ATP Tour resembled a hobby, rather than a career. If this term were any indication, those concerns would seem to be irrelevant. Gulbis has two titles on the season, and boasts a 27-10 mark ahead of the French Open.
Tennis Betting Verdict: Berdych vs. Gulbis
Gulbis trails 2-4 against Berdych, and he hasn’t beaten the Czech since the 2012 Wimbledon, but many in tennis betting circles are backing him to win this quarterfinal clash at his tempting +125 tennis odds. Gulbis has the form, and the momentum, both of which make him a value tennis pick. Berdych is consistent, and a credible top ten player, but his penchant to flatter to deceive costs him in market evaluations. That fact is nowhere more evident than in outright win markets where Berdych is served up on the identical odds that Gulbis is, at +2500 to win outright. That they are given an equal shot at this point just proves this match is 50-50 to go either way.
Free Tennis Picks: Gulbis to win outright at +125