ATP Auckland Tennis Betting: Sock To Give Haas a Run For His Money

There are a further 16 matches on the card today in Sydney and Auckland as week two of the ATP World Tour reaches the second round stage.
Monday’s wagers went one from two, with Roberto Bautista-Agut winning in three, while Marcel Granollers clearly found four matches in 10 weeks too much like hard work and gave up against Bernard Tomic.
Tomic is in action again tonight in Sydney, along with Juan Martin Del Potro, while David Ferrer, Tommy Haas and John Isner are the main draws in Auckland.
Starting in Auckland then, where fitness will likely be the deciding issue when the big guys Isner and Kevin Anderson take to the courts tonight. Isner has been struggling with an ankle problem, while Anderson was in hospital last week with a viral complaint.
Ferrer should face few problems against Donald Young, while fellow finalist from 12 months ago, Philipp Kohlschreiber, should also have a comfortable day against Horacio Zeballos, who has only once been past this second round stage of a tour level hard court event, which was in the slow conditions of Miami back in 2010.
Bautista-Agut brings a 3-0 head-to-head advantage over the mercurial Frenchman Benoit Paire into their 1am UK time clash, but betting for or against Benoit is one way straight to the poorhouse.

Jack Sock vs Tommy Haas (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 23.05 GMT)

The young American is no world-beater, but he can be a real handful on pacy hard courts, as he showed on several occasions last season when beating Milos Raonic and taking sets from David Ferrer and Raonic again.
He kicked off this campaign in good style here by posting impressive numbers on serve in a win over Adrian Mannarino – a match which the Frenchman later likened to playing baseball.
In these quick conditions it will be tough for Haas to win this match comfortably and particularly having played no competitive tennis since early November. Tommy also has a poor record early in the season and the feeling here is to side with Sock to cause the 35-year-old some real problems.
Several markets appeal, with over 9.5 games in set one seeming very likely at 1.60 and bigger priced punters may look to the 2.95 about Sock winning the opener. The American +1.5 sets at 1.85 is also one to consider.
Over in Sydney, Del Potro should have too many guns for Nicolas Mahut, but the overs could be worthy of consideration in that one, with Delpo not likely to break the Frenchman too often.
Tomic again looks way too short to back at around 1.28 against the dogged Blaz Kavcic, who’s coming off an impressive win over Jarkko Nieminen, while Marin Cilic is likely to make it 5-0 in his career series against Denis Istomin.
The interesting matches for me here are Marinko Matosevic vs Andreas Seppi, Alex Dolgopolov vs Jerzy Janowicz, Dmitry Tursunov vs Lukas Rosol and Julien Benneteau vs Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Janowicz is playing his first tennis of the season after pulling out of the Hopman Cup with a foot injury and the big Pole looks vulnerable against Dolgo, while Stako will fancy his chances of an upset against Benny.

Marinko Matosevic vs Andreas Seppi (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT)

Like the Dolgo/JJ clash the layers have this one as around 50/50, but I give the edge to the Aussie here now that he has finally found his feet playing in his adopted home country.
Matosevic will undoubtedly be the more motivated of the two to do well this week and, after a good win over Florian Mayer yesterday to back up good victories over Benneteau and Sam Querrey last week, I like Marinko’s chances of grabbing another win here.
Seppi’s record on hard courts lately has been poor, with the Italian losing nine of his last 12 matches on outdoor hard in all competitions. He was struggling with illness in the Hopman Cup and once again lost all of his matches there and his record here in Sydney is a distinctly average 8-8 overall.
I like the 1.88 about Matosevic in this one and that’s my second bet today.

Best Bets

Back over 9.5 games in set one of Sock/Haas at 1.60

Back Matosevic to beat Seppi at 1.88

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