Ace was happy to get back into winning form yesterday and said in regards to todays matches “As always, I am not forcing anything in Round 1. I already really like the look of tomorrow’s card, so expect a big preview tomorrow night.”
Yesterday certainly did work out well for followers of Ace after a poor start to Roland Garros on Day 1. Day 2 proved to be a higher confidence day and there were many plays to be had. While the multibet didn’t get through, check out the wins/loses below including how the future bets put up before the start of play on Day 1 are going due to Berdych being knocked out!
Best Bets 2-0
Best of Rest 2-1
Upset alert 2-1 incl Kyrgios at $5.80
With Berdych knocked out, the bottom half futures have all shortened a bit.
Tsonga $80 -> $55
Gulbis $140 -> $80
Ferrer $29 -> $22
Game 1 – Garcia-Lopez vs Sock
Youth vs Experience here. It isn’t always advised to take the experience, as was the case with Kyrgios yesterday, but I cannot go past in this this instance. We got a great ‘measuring stick’ games a few weeks back, with both guys coming up against each other in the Bordeaux Challenger.
It was a super win from Garcia-Lopez, coming from an early break down to get the job done 6-4 6-2. The key area? Sock winning only 33% of points on 2nd serves.
His clay form reads a little like a horror show. Losses to Isner, Johnson, Gabashvili, Kuznetsov and Garcia-Lopez aren’t super form. The only highlight was his form in French Open qualifying, although no player was anywhere near the quality of Garcia-Lopez on clay.
Quarter Final in Casablanca Challenger, Final in Bucharest, 1st round in Madrid, and Semi Final in Bordeaux Challenger, shows that the form is there. The hours on court are there. The proven form at Grand Slam level is there. It is hard to not take him in this situation.
Garcia-Lopez covered the 5.5 game handicap in their very recent two set meeting. Obviously that isn’t everything, but it is certainly good form. I question Sock’s ability outside of US borders, especially on clay. He lives and dies by his serve and 1-2 punches, and I just think the longer the points go here, and the longer the match goes, the better this is for Garcia-Lopez.
I like Lopez to win in straight sets, possibly 4, and cover the handicap, assisted by a 6-2 set in there to really assist that line coverage.
Suggested Bet: Garcia-Lopez -5.5 games at $1.80 at Sportingbet
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