A pretty average performance from Gael Monfils put paid to my bet in Rotterdam yesterday, as the Frenchman failed to take his match with Juan Martin Del Potro over the total games mark.
Delpo will be pleased to have that one out of the way, but it was an uninspired effort from the mercurial Frenchman.
Speaking of talented, but erratic Frenchman, Richard Gasquet has been much more consistent of late than was previously the case, but surely he’s worth taking on today at 1.15 against Viktor Troicki.
The Gasman has played 15 matches already this season and he contested 11 sets last week alone on his way to the Montpellier title.
I have a feeling that he’ll be seeing this week as one to put in a token effort, as we’ve seen withdrawals from Michael Llodra and Mikhail Youzhny already – both of whom went deep last week and Gasquet is not averse to an early exit the week after a title.
The week after he won his previous indoor title in Bangkok Gasquet was beaten in round two in Beijing the following week by Ze Zhang when a 1.03 shot and after reaching the final in Toronto he was beaten in the first round the very next week in Cincy.
He also lost in the first round in Paris after reaching the semi finals in Basel the previous week, so it’s worth taking him on today against an opponent, who if injury free himself has the ability to inflict defeat upon Gasquet.
Troicki enjoyed a great comeback win against David Goffin on the clay of Charleroi in Davis Cup, which should have boosted him, but he then retired against Jan Hajek in Montpellier, which I put down to a bit of fatigue.
The Serbian does have a 2-1 head-to-head career lead over Gasquet and if he’s fit for action this week it’s worth taking a chance on either the 5.15 on a Troicki win or the 2.45 about him winning a set against an opponent who is due a physical letdown.
Best Bet: Back Troicki to beat Gasquet at 5.15