Tennis specialist Craig Vickers (@craigvickers_) previews day one of men’s French Open and provides us with his best bets for the second Grand Slam of the year.
- 2019 Profit & Loss: +10.98pts
French Open Day 1 Betting Preview & Tips
- Date: 26 May-9 June
- Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
- Channel: Eurosport UK
Sunday marks day one at the 2019 French Open and it is a modest card of action in the French capital.
Roger Federer commences his campaign against the talented Italian Lorenzo Sonego on Court Philippe-Chatrier at around 1:30PM GMT, while Kei Nishikori meets the French wild card Quentin Halys.
David Goffin, who has struggled to find his best form in the past twelve months, also clashes with the clay-averse Ricardas Berankis on the new Court Simonne-Mathieu.
Grigor Dimitrov, meanwhile, faces the veteran Janko Tipsarevic and it is a tussle that looks interesting from a betting perspective.
The Bulgarian has been suffering a crisis of confidence lately – to put it mildly – and he could be vulnerable on a surface he has never particularly taken to in his career.
He was forced to go through the qualifying rounds at the ATP 250 event in Geneva in the last week, but his bid for silverware was eventually halted by Federico Delbonis in the first round after coasting to the first set.
To remedy his situation, Dimitrov dispensed with long-time coach Dani Vallverdu after an opening round defeat at the Italian Open and it could be possible that the former ATP Finals champion is biding his time for the grass swing.
His record at the French Open is markedly average having never reached beyond the third round and he played a match he’d like to forget in the second round against Jared Donaldson here last year.
Dimitrov was 2-1 down to the American, but his superior physical level told in the end with Donaldson cramping horribly as they went to 10-8 in the deciding set.
Although Tipsarevic has his own fitness concerns, he has began to string a run of matches together and he does boast the weapons to at least trouble the Bulgarian.
He was edged out of an opening set tie-break against the in-form Hugo Dellien in Geneva this past week and as such we’ll bank on the Serbian to keep the contest close at +5.5 games at 5/4.
Meanwhile, Diego Schwartzman opens his campaign against Marton Fucsovics and we could profit if the Argentine struggles on serve.
Schwartzman usually compensates with his excellent return statistic, while it seems the bookmaker’s believe he is back to his best after a semi-final performance at the Italian Open earlier this month.
The Argentine did reach the quarter-finals twelve months ago, but his opening two matches were hardly against the stiffest of opposition in Calvin Hemery and Adam Pavlasek.
Fucsovics is a dangerous player in his own right, possessing a thunderous forehand, and his backhand will hold up well against Schwartzman in the cross-court exchanges.
Granted, the Hungarian has lost his previous three matches, but Schwartzman’s form this clay season prior to Rome was scarcely much better.
Fucsovics did breadstick Kyle Edmund here last year (win a set losing only one game) in a topsy-turvy contest and the hope as we back the game overs is that the Hungarian’s peak does not come at the expense of a rapid descent.
Schwartzman’s consistency will likely win the day, but over 36.5 games at 1/1 is the second bet of the afternoon.