Wednesday was a bumper day of grass court betting in Eastbourne and Rosmalen with three winners from my three best bets.
Victories from Evgeny Donskoy, Ivan Dodig and Feliciano Lopez made it eight straight winning ATP best bets for this column and I’m looking to carry that form on today in the quarter finals of the Aegeon International and Topshelf Open.
Play begins at 10am in Rosmalen with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez facing Jan Hernych, followed by Jeremy Chardy versus Stan Wawrinka.
Neither match appeals much to me as a betting medium, although I’m tempted by the 2.70 for Chardy to beat Wawrinka and I can’t say that I’m interested in involving myself in the other two matches in Rosmalen.
Xavier Malisse should get past Roberto Bautista Agut, while Nicolas Mahut should defeat Donskoy, but I think Mahut is a little short at 1.38 on these slightly slower Rosmalen courts.
The first match scheduled in Eastbourne is a clash of two Spanish pals - Lopez and Fernando Verdasco. They are meeting for the seventh time in total but for the first time on grass and Lopez has certainly had the better results on the surface.
They haven’t met across the net for a few years and this is an excellent chance for Lopez to finally land a grass court title, with only Verdasco and the winner of Ivan Dodig and Fabio Fognini between him and the final, but I’m convinced this one will go long.
I’m tempted by the 2-1 Lopez win in this at 3.75 and the over 23.5 games at 1.92. Both are worth considering in what could be a tight match.
Dodig should get past Fognini, but I think that 1.52 is a tad skinny about the Croatian and I prefer siding with Radek Stepanek in the mid-afternoon match when the veteran Czech takes on Andreas Seppi.
The Italian has been struggling manfully to defend his ranking points from last year here. But his wins have been painful and Steps is fresh after few matches this year and has a 5-0 head-to-head career lead over the Italian.
The pair played out a really tight match on the grass of Halle a year ago, which Steps won in a final set breaker and I fancy him to put Seppi out of his misery again today.
I’m also tempted to go with Bernard Tomic in his last eight clash with Gilles Simon, but both players have injury doubts and I’ll keep my money in my pocket on that one.
Back Lopez to beat Verdasco 2-1 at 3.75
Back Stepanek to beat Seppi at 1.50