It was one winning bet from two on Wednesday at the 2013 Open de Nice Cote d’Azur.
Robin Haase obliged at odds-against with a three set victory in a match that was delayed by rain. But it was a good regroup from Haase, who looked set to have to go to a final set tie breaker but broke in the 12th game of the set to grab the win.
My other wager was downed by Carlos Berlocq’s inability to see out a 5-3 first set lead against Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Argentine lost four games straight to lose it 7-5 before coming back in the second, but after the rain delay he faded in the third. That was unfortunate, as the second leg of my double, Gilles Simon, won easily against Guillaume Rufin.
Over in Dusseldorf there was a shock loss for Philipp Kohlschreiber at the hands of Igor Sijsling, and Janko Tipsarevic’s miserable season continued with a poor defeat to Guido Pella.
There was a late night for Gael Monfils, who must be feeling it by now after a lot of tennis over the last fortnight. He looks short at 1.44 against Haase in the evening match in Nice.
Fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon also looks vulnerable against Pablo Andujar, whose confidence has been restored after a good run in Madrid and a couple of handy victories here. Andujar +1.5 sets at 1.62 is tempting in that match.
Albert Montanes vs Mathieu has the look of a toss-up about it, but I do fancy the chances of Edouard Roger-Vasselin at 1.92 against Sam Querrey.
I’m not convinced at all by Querrey on clay and the American backs that up by not having passed the second round of any tour level red dirt event since winning Belgrade back in 2010.
I would have Roger-Vasselin as the favourite in this given his superior ability on this surface. As favourite, Querrey should be attacked on clay today and I’ll take the Frenchman as my best bet today.
Over in Dusseldorf, Juan Monaco is too short at 1.27 against Tobias Kamke, while Sijsling vs Jan Hajek looks very much a toss of a coin job.
Pella has a shot against Viktor Troicki, but 2.50 isn’t a touch stingy and the battle of the veterans between Tommy Haas and Jarkko Nieminen could well be a tight one. I’m tempted by the 1.92 about the Finn taking a set in that one.
Best Bet: Back Roger-Vasselin to beat Querrey at 1.92