The opening round is scheduled to complete in a soggy Paris on Tuesday after the expected rain delays on Monday.
We managed to get one winner under our belts yesterday before the rain put a halt to day two when Jurgen Melzer covered the minus 1.5 set handicap in a 3-1 success over David Goffin.
There was misfortune in my second wager though when Damir Dzumhur became Feli Lopez’s first ever straight sets victim at the French Open.
The Bosnian had two set points in the second set tie break – one on his own serve – and that would have ensured my overs bet being a winner, but he didn’t take either and it goes down as a loss by a single point, which is always annoying.
Kevin Anderson and Stephane Robert have been re-arranged for 12:00 UK time today and quite honestly there’s not a great deal to get excited about on today’s card.
There are plenty of short-priced favourites that don’t look like losing on Tuesday’s schedule, but the one that looks decent on a handicap basis of the early starts is an all-Italian affair.
Simone Bolelli 1.22 Andrea Arnaboldi 4.20
This will be the fourth meeting between this pair and the third within the last five weeks.
Bolelli got the better of Arnaboldi in Verceli and Tunis at Challenger level and the latter occasion was a very comfortable 6-0, 6-3 win for the 28-year-old from Bologna.
Indeed, since coming back from a long term wrist problem Bolelli has been very consistent at Challenger level and has now won 14 of his last 15 matches on clay.
The only loss was a tight one to Milos Raonic in Rome where he faced just one break point against the Canadian and should have taken the match into a decider.
He has qualified here pretty easily, with the help of a couple of retirements from Alex Bogomolov Jr and Peter Gojowczyk, who of course beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Davis Cup not so long ago, and both were beaten when they opted to quit.
For Arnaboldi, it’s his first grand slam match and he’s bound to be nervous, as he’s never even played a match on the ATP Tour either in a career that has peaked at number 174 in the rankings.
He’s here after beating Ireland’s world number 244, James McGee, in qualies and Bolelli should have far too much experience and ability for Arnaboldi today, with the minus 5.5 games on Simone looking good at 1.73.
Elsewhere, the underdogs who look like they could perform better than their odds suggest today include Laurent Lokoli against Steve Johnson, Victor Hanescu against Gael Monfils and Bernard Tomic against Richard Gasquet.
Lamonf and the Gasman are both coming off injuries and may well not be 100 percent today and another to add to the list could be Sergiy Stakhovsky, who may well cause problems for Denis Istomin.
Richard Gasquet 1.28 Bernard Tomic 3.55
Gasquet hasn’t played any tennis for a couple of months and reportedly only began playing points and serving in practice this week after a back problem.
So, it’s worth taking him on to some degree with Tomic, who should be up for this match as underdog and has played Gasquet very well in the past.
Indeed, all four of their first sets in the past have gone to a tie break and with Gasquet bound to be rusty either the over 9.5 games in set one at 1.88 or the Tomic to win set one at 2.70 appeal.
Bernie is no clay courter, but he can play well on it when he feels like it, and Gasquet’s physical condition and match sharpness will be well below par, so a shock isn’t out of the question here.
Back Bolelli –5.5 games to beat Arnaboldi at 1.73
Back over 9.5 games in set one of Tomic/Gasquet at 1.88