It was two winners from three wagers with one still in-play across the three tournaments on Week 30 of the ATP World Tour on Tuesday.
Victor Hanescu eased past Dustin Brown with more than enough to spare to cover the handicap, while Ricardas Berankis delivered a much more hard fought success over Mischa Zverev in Atlanta.
Mardy Fish is a set up and a break down against Michael Russell at the same venue and they resume at midnight tonight after rain brought proceedings to a close at the Atlanta Open.
The only downside was a poor loss from Jiri Vesely, who had a shocking day on serve against Andreas Haider Maurer and despite being a break up in both sets, he threw in nine double faults in a 2-0 loss.
Of the early matches in Gstaad today I’m tempted to side with Guillermo Garcia Lopez in these conditions against Juan Monaco, who is making his debut here at altitude and I’m not convinced that it will suit the Argentine.
Garcia Lopez has caused problems for Monaco in their previous meetings and won their last match on hard courts in a five setter in New York last year. It is quick here and shot makers are rewarded, which gives GGL more of a chance than at other red dirt events, but in any case he’s taken at least a set from Pico in four of their five completed matches. Monaco might take a while to adjust to these conditions and the +1.5 sets on GGL at 1.97 appeals here.
It may also pay to side against Stan Wawrinka in some form in his 4pm match with Daniel Gimeno-Traver. DGT is a shot maker and if he’s on he can cause trouble for Stan, who has such a poor record here that he has to be worth taking on for small stakes at 4.80 or taking the 2.30 on the Spaniard +1.5 sets.
In Umag surely a tank is coming from Fabio Fognini, who has won back-to-back titles, but has already pulled out of the doubles here this week due to fatigue. Under normal circumstances Fogna would be a confident pick over Thiemo de Bakker, but you take a real chance on him today at 1.40. That said, he’s not due to play next week, so maybe he could squeeze a match or two out here.
I prefer taking on Gael Monfils, who’s short at 1.36 against the capable Blaz Kavcic. Lamonf appeared to have a problem with an injury for a change yesterday and his arm may be a problem. Kavcic had a good win over Florian Mayer and with confidence high there’s no reason that he can’t at least push Gael and his new Jackson Five hairstyle today.
In Atlanta Alejandro Falla has found himself a very nice draw indeed in the form of the lesser Harrison brother, Christian. Even the better of the two Harrison brothers, Ryan is pretty awful and Christian gets himself wild cards for being Ryan’s brother - but it’s not helping him and Falla should have few problems today.
Harrison is Futures level and Falla is fresh from a run to the finals at home in Colombia and he should win this one in straight sets, as he did when the pair met in Cincy last year. The under 21.5 total games appeals in this one at 1.88.
Back Garcia-Lopez +1.5 sets to beat Monaco at 1.97
Back Gimeno-Traver +1.5 sets to beat Wawrinka at 2.3
Back Kavcic +3.5 games to beat Monfils at 1.9
Back under 21.5 games in Falla vs Harrison at 1.88