The grass-court season comes with plenty of excitement, you know. And with intense action from the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart to the Nature Valley in Nottingham, we bring you the top three bet tips for today.
Roger Federer vs Guido Pella (2 sets at 1.30 on Nairabet), ATP Stuttgart Open, Quarterfinals
Federer, who skipped the entire clay-court season, is back in action to prepare for Wimbledon. The Swiss great is up against Guido Pella in the quarterfinals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. He’s beaten Pella once, a straight sets victory in 2016 at Wimbledon.
Pella, after a poor French Open outing, tried the Challenger Series in Prostejov but fell out in the quarterfinals. Well, we all know Pella doesn’t measure up to Federer and not even a grass. Should be a routine win for the Swiss great. Back this to be decided in straight sets.
Nick Kyrgios to beat Feliciano Lopez at 1.75 on Nairabet, ATP Stuttgart Open, Quarterfinals
These two have met thrice, with Lopez leading the head-to-head 2-1. Kyrgios, however, won their only previous meeting on grass. An injury problem kept Kyrgios out of the clay season, but the Aussie is making a good comeback already.
Spain’s Lopez has had a disappointing season so far; his best outing was a quarterfinal showing at the Mexican Open in March. I am giving Kyrgios the edge here. He had a very tough match against the sensational German, Maximilian Marterer in the previous round and that must have provided him the needed warm-up. He gets his game together alongside his incredible serve and he’d make the semifinals. 1.75 is just good!
Naomi Osaka to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu at 1.35 on Nairabet, WTA Nottingham Open, Quarterfinals
This is a first time meeting between these two. Japan’s Naomi Osaka has put together impressive performances so far at the Nature Valley en route to the quarterfinals. She overcame Sachia Vickery 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and claimed a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win against Denisa Allertova in the second.
Buzarnescu, on the other hand, has struggled. She started the event with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 win over Veronica Cepede Royg before battling past Irina Falconi 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
When Osaka gets into her stride and gets going, she can be very, very difficult to stop. The Japanese has already stated that she “feels better about grass.” If Buzarnescu struggled to get past less quality oppositions, I don’t see her triumphing over Osaka. Back Osaka to reach the semifinals at 1.35.