Dominic Thiem (5) vs. Sam Querrey
Tuesday, July 2, London
Free Tennis Pick: Sam Querrey ML
Recommended Sportsbook: Bovada
Former world No.11 Sam Querrey enjoyed a strong start to the grass-court season, reaching the 19th final of his career at the Nature Valley International. Querrey was forced to skip the entire European clay swing due to an abdominal injury but played some of his best tennis last week in Eastbourne. The 31-year-old is one of the best servers in the game and the fast court conditions at the All England Club suit his style. Adding to this, Querrey is a former semi-finalist in Wimbledon and won 11 of his last 14 matches on this event.
Looking now at Sam’s draw on this event, the American No.5 will open his campaign against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday. The 25-year-old decided to delay the start of his grass-court season after an incredible run in Roland Garros. Thiem reached the final in Paris and withdrew from the Noventi Open in Halle to have more time to recover for this tournament. The Austrian has improved his game on grass in recent years but this is still Dominic’s worst surface with a poor 15-13 career record.
These two players will face each other for the fifth time in their careers. Thiem leads 3-1 in their head-to-head but this will be their first encounter on grass.
The sportsbooks are expecting a close contest with Thiem as the slight favorite at -144 with BetOnline while Bovada offers +125 for Querrey to win this match. The American is always a very dangerous player on this surface and will be motivated after a great week in Eastbourne. On the other side, Thiem hasn’t played on grass in one year and will make his first official appearance since the French Open final. With this in mind, the value is clearly on Querrey’s tennis betting odds with the American’s moneyline as the best tennis pick for this contest.