First round action gets underway at the Rotterdam Open in Holland and the Doha Open in Qatar and I have the best tips with odds from Wakabet
Kei Nishikori vs Pierre Herbert (Over 22.5 games at 1.74 on Wakabet), ATP Rotterdam
Nishikori returns to competitive action following his retirement in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic in January. The Japanese is seeded No.1 for this event and will hope to get off to a good start. However, Pierre Herbert, his opponent will be no push over. The Frenchman has been in Montpellier, making statement performances all week to reach the final.
With Herbert in good form and Nishikori, who won the Brisbane International at the start of the season, seeking to pick up from where he left off, this promises to be an exciting, closely-fought encounter. Over 22.5 games for 1.74 is a good one.
Milos Raonic to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber at 1.22 on Wakabet, ATP Rotterdam
I expect Canada’s Raonic to weather whatever resistance Kohlschreiber may put up in this encounter. The Canadian is on the back of a run to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, while Kohlschreiber, save his run to the semifinals in Auckland at the start of the year, has just been meh.
Aside Raonic’s present form, I am banking on his incredible service game to bring the goods.
Stefanos Tsitsipas to beat Damir Dzumhur in straight sets at 1.66 on Wakabet, ATP Rotterdam
20-year-old Tsitsipas is enjoying a fine start to the 2019 season and I expect him to keep it going against Bosnia’s Dzumhur, who has yet to win a match—not even a set—this season.
Stan Wawrinka to beat Benoit Paire at 1.36 on Wakabet, ATP Rotterdam
Wawrinka and Paire have played each other 11 times, with Wawrinka winning 8 of those encounters. Backing the Swiss to increase the lead with another victory and move into the second round.
Fernando Verdasco to beat Matthew Ebden at 1.28 on Wakabet, ATP Rotterdam
Spain’s Verdasco came away with a straight-sets win in the pair’s only encounter at the Stockholm Open four months ago. Again they meet, and it is the Spaniard who has had the better start to the season and looks to be in finer form. I fancy him making it 2-0 in career meetings against Ebden on Monday.
Ashleigh Barty to beat Petra Martic at 1.26 on Wakabet, WTA Qatar Open
Australia’s Barty made it to the final of the Sydney International and a run to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open followed in January, performances that have underlined her tenacity. Martic, meanwhile, has struggled for good results this season and they’ve been far from her, judging from her two wins this season.
Barty should be too powerful for the 36th-ranked Croatian now.