Yesterday’s ATP wager on Marcos Baghdatis to beat Florian Mayer proved to be a wise investment, as the Cypriot eased past the German in straight sets in Brisbane.
I’m switching back to Doha for today’s ATP bets and the first one that I like on Wednesday is for Gael Monfils to upset number three seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in their second round match that takes place at around 2pm UK time.
Lamonf had all sorts of problems with his knee last season, but he claims that he’s feeling fine with it now and if that is the case then there’s no reason why he can’t continue his career dominance over the German.
Monfils has won seven of their eight encounters and a player who is so fragile mentally such as Kohlschreiber is unlikely to turn that sort of head-to-head around easily.
Both players have had one match here to get used to the conditions and although it would have been ideal for Monfils to have had a tougher test than the one he encountered against local no-hoper Mousa Shanan Zayed, at least it was some court time.
The Frenchman has dropped outside the top-75 in the rankings because of his injury and split with his backroom team during the off-season, but at 2.10 it’s worth chancing that he is as fit as he claims to be – if he is and he starts well Kohlschreiber could well struggle.
For my other bet today, I’m sticking with Viktor Troicki, who takes on playboy Lukas Lacko on Court 2 also at around 2pm UK time.
Troicki will have been boosted by a first win under new coach Jack Reader against Bjorn Phau in the previous round here and the Serbian is much more likely to be taking this match seriously than his opponent.
Lacko just about pulled out the win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in round one, but despite a decent run at the end of last season where he landed a Challenger in Helsinki to end an awful spell of results I doubt he’ll be up to the task today.
The Slovak hasn’t made it past the second round of any tour level event since Wimbledon and he seems happy enough to enjoy the top-50 or so tour lifestyle without really showing any ambition to improve.
Troicki has shown more intent lately and he is the more talented player on his best form, so the Serb should prevail in this one, as he did in their only previous career meeting.
Back Monfils to beat Kohlschreiber at 2.10
Back Trociki to beat Lacko at 1.54