Sunday was a fine end to a good week’s betting on the ATP Tour, as both of my selections were comfortable winners. Richard Gasquet easily took care of Benoit Paire in Montpellier and claimed the match for the loss of just five games, which was more than enough to cover the handicap mark. And it was a similar story in Zagreb, where Marin Cilic was an even more convincing winner over Jurgen Melzer in the predicted straight sets.
Week 7 of the ATP World Tour sees the clay courters make the move from Chile to Brazil for the 2013 Brazil Open, where Rafa Nadal again takes centre stage after his surprising loss to Horacio Zeballos in Vina del Mar. There’s also an ATP 250 event indoors in San Jose, but the biggest event of the week is in Rotterdam, where the €1.5m ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament – an ATP 500 event – takes place.
The match of the day there is between Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov in the first meeting of what will surely be many. But that one is too close to call, with both players prone to inconsistency. I prefer a cross-tournament double today involving Nikolay Davydenko in Rotterdam and Santiago Giraldo in Sao Paulo.
Both players are taking on hugely out of form opponents. Davy faces Florian Mayer at around 8pm UK time, with the German having failed to defeat a top 40 ranked opponent since beating Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon last year.
Davydenko’s game suits these indoor courts in Rotterdam, where he was a semi-finalist last year and he has beaten Mayer in five of their seven matches. Confidence is a key element with these two players and although Davydenko won’t be brimming with it after losing to Jarkko Nieminen in Montepellier, he’ll have more than Mayer.
Giraldo’s opponent, Pablo Andujar, is on a shocking run of 11 losses in a row. Although Giraldo is still working his way back to top form, his performance against Carlos Berlocq last week - when he should have won - is a good indicator that he’s on his way back. Andujar has won just two sets in his last ten matches and he must be desperately low on any sort of confidence right now. I’ll take Giraldo to prolong the Spaniard's misery.
Best bet: Back Davydenko and Giraldo in a double at 1.96