It was one winner from two bets on another profitable day’s tennis on the ATP Tour on Wednesday.
First up Gael Monfils did the necessary for us at odds-against in Doha, but a poor showing from Viktor Troicki against Lukas Lacko spoiled the party somewhat on the day.
We’re heading to Brisbane for tonight’s ATP wagers and although it’s not a fabulous price, surely the bet of the day on the men’s side is for Grigor Dimitrov to beat Jurgen Melzer.
The Austrian is on the wind down in his career as he approaches 32 years of age this summer and he’s a half step slower than a couple of years ago when he broke into the top-10.
His record in Brisbane is particularly poor too, with five opening round losses from seven visits here and these look to be two players headed in opposite directions.
Dimitrov really showed some improvement at the end of last season and after leaving the Mouratoglou set up to link up with his new Swedish coaching team the young Bulgarian has started 2013 as he ended 2012 by recording a good win over Milos Raonic first up in Brisbane.
Dimitrov defeated Melzer pretty comfortably in the final match of last season indoors in Bercy and we should be looking at a similar result tonight.
Two of the other three men’s quarter finals are tough to call. Normally I would favour Gilles Simon over Marcos Baghdatis, but this is the Cypriot’s favourite time of the season and I’m leaving that one alone.
Another tough one to pick a winner in is the Kei Nishikori vs Alexandr Dolgopolov clash in which I slightly favour the Japanese, but you just never know with Dolgo, who reached the final last year and who tends to play well in this early part of the year before his health starts to let him down.
Andy Murray had more of a struggle than was expected against local hope John Millman, but he shouldn’t have too many problems in beating Denis Istomin, but the bet for me has to be Dimitrov.
- Back Dimitrov to beat Melzer at 1.50.