Tennis specialist Craig Vickers (@craigvickers_) previews day four of the men’s French Open and provides us with his best bets for the second Grand Slam of the year.
- 2019 Profit & Loss: +10.66pts
French Open Day 4 Betting Preview & Tips
- Date: 26 May-9 June
- Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
- Channel: Eurosport UK
Wednesday marks day four at the 2019 French Open as second round action commences.
We landed our biggest winner of the tournament thus far on Tuesday when Antoine Hoang dispatched Damir Dzumhur in four sets on his Grand Slam debut.
However, Thiago Monteiro squandered a break lead in the opening set of his clash with Dusan Lajovic after we backed the Brazilian to nick set one, and he could not get close to the Serbian thereafter in a straight sets loss.
Nevertheless, our quarter outright, Juan Martin del Potro, recovered from a shaky start to defeat Nicolas Jarry, while Stefanos Tsitsipas, whom we backed to win his quarter in our tournament preview, meets Hugo Dellien for a place in the third round on Wednesday.
There are 20 singles matches on the men’s side on Wednesday and a player who looks excellent value is Juan Ignacio Londero.
The Argentine is second on Court 1 against Richard Gasquet at around 11:30AM GMT and it is strange, to me at least, that he is priced up at 6/5.
Gasquet only recently returned to action after a lengthy lay-off at the Madrid Open earlier this month and he suffered a setback when he was forced to withdraw from the Lyon Open last week before his last 16 match with Taylor Fritz.
And he was awarded a virtual bye in the first round on Monday when he drew Mischa Zverev; a player who has won only once in twelve matches this year (none on clay) and that was via retirement at the Miami Open.
Londero, in contrast, is enjoying the best form of his career at 25 after claiming the Cordoba Open title on clay in February infront of his home fans.
His performance in the first round was imperious as an 8/5 underdog against Nikoloz Basilashvili, dropping serve only once against a player who reached the semi-finals in Lyon last week and one who is comfortably nestled inside the world’s top 20.
The atmosphere in the court affectionally known as the ‘Bullring’ promises to be electric with a Frenchman in action, but Gasquet’s body seems ready to disappoint him at any minute and an in-form Londero should take advantage.
Meanwhile, Miomir Kecmanovic could pose problems for the inconsistent David Goffin when they clash on Court 14 at around 11:30AM GMT.
The Serbian reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells earlier this year in conditions not too dissimilar to a clay court and his confidence will have soared after a first-ever victory at Roland Garros on Monday.
He was forced to fight back from 2-1 down against Denis Kudla, but he had the opportunity to serve for a 2-0 lead and even more agonisingly he was a break up in the third set before dropping it 7-5.
Granted, his experience at tour-level on clay may be limited, but his qualifying draws on the clay swing have been marred by bad luck, running into Casper Ruud in Rome and Lorenzo Sonego at the Geneva Open last week.
Goffin’s form has been wildly erratic since he sustained a freak eye injury in Rotterdam last year and there is very little merit in analysing his first round victory over Ricardas Berankis; a player whose disdain for the clay is manifested in a 0-3 record on the surface in the last two years.
It may be a match that mirrors the Belgian’s opening round clash with Robin Haase here twelve months ago, where he was forced to rally from two sets down. He was eventually dumped out of the tournament by Marco Cecchinato and it is a major concern for the Belgian that he has rarely looked convincing at any event in the last year.
Nevertheless, the hope is that the Serbian can profit and Kecmanovic +1.5 on the set handicap at 13/5 is the second bet of the afternoon.