Top Plays for Day 2 of US Open Betting: Kohlschreiber & Petkovic Offer Best Value

João Mourato

Monday, August 31, 2015 5:51 PM GMT

Find out our two top tennis picks for the US Open betting - Day 2 where the bottom half of the draw gets into action on men and women competition.

On second day of US Open we'll pick one favorite from each competition that should be able to get a good win and cover the game handicap.

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber (29) vs. Alexander Zverev (q)
Two Germans will face each other where the young qualifier Alexander Zverev will try to overcome the more experienced and 29th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Zverev is a former Junior World No. 1 and has been doing a very good season with 5 wins this year over top 50 players, however he still has a lot to improve and a good example of that was his recent loss in Cincinnati against Coric where he struggled in pressure points and showed he still has a lot to improve. Alexander came from qualifying and already has good rhythm on this courts, however that might not be enough for him.

Kohlschreiber played a very good tournament to end the clay season claiming Kitzbuhel title, after that decided to skip Rogers Cup and made his return to Hard Court in Cincinnati losing to Sousa. That wasn’t such a surprising loss because was his first match on that surface in months and didn’t had much practice time. Kohlschreiber said his biggest goals for the rest of the season are the US Open and also help his country on Davis Cup playoff.

Philipp has done very well on this tournament in last years and the slower Hard Courts of US Open clearly suit his game. Kohlschreiber has been a pretty solid investment in last years as favorite, since 2008 has a 10 – 1 record as favorite (his only loss was against Troicki in 2008 where he retired) and a 24.1% ROI. Zverev had more preparation on Hard Court and also played qualifying, however Kohlschreiber is a higher level player and he showed that earlier this year defeating Zverev 6 – 2 6 – 4 in Munich.

The spread on Kohlschreiber is -4.0 at +104 and that is a very interesting line for the more experienced German. This will be only the third career match for Zverev in best of 5 sets and despite being a promising player he still has problems to keep a consistent level while Kohlschreiber should take advantage of the court conditions that he loves and his quality groundstrokes to get a good win.

Tennis Picks: Kohlschreiber -4.0 (+104) at Pinnacle

 

Andrea Petkovic (18) vs. Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia had a very good start of season reaching two WTA finals in Mexico, but since then she has struggled to perform at a consistent level with a 13 – 16 record. Caroline has a very powerful game with the serve and forehand being her biggest weapons, however her offensive game causes a high number of unforced errors. The French has more problems when facing consistent baseline players and that was pretty clear recently in her losses in Cincinnati (0 – 6 3 – 6 to Svitolina) and New Haven (3 – 6 0 – 6 to Wozniacki).

Andrea Petkovic is one of the biggest fighters on WTA, she has a very solid tennis and tries always to play at a high intensity. Petkovic played two good tournaments before this event reaching 3rd round of Toronto and Cincinnati where she lost to Serena Williams and Simona Halep, respectively.

They have already played this season on grass where Petkovic was the underdog but won the match 6 – 2 6 – 4. Petkovic aggressive game doesn’t give the time Garcia likes to prepare her groundstrokes and the key for the German success is her service return ability . In the previous game they played Petkovic won 49% of points on return while Garcia was only able to win 32%. Playing against counter-punchers who can get the ball very early is clearly the worst match-up for Garcia and our tennis pick on this match is to take the spread on Petkovic.

Tennis Picks: Petkovic -3.0 (-103) at Pinnacle