First round actions continue, while hostilities in the second round will get underway today at the Rolex Paris Masters in the French capital, and also at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China.
And as usual, we have you covered with the top bet tips for the day.
Fernando Verdasco to beat Jeremy Chardy at 1.58 on Wakabet, ATP Paris Masters, R1
Verdasco and Chardy will meet in the first round of the Paris Masters.
Even though Verdasco is behind in head-to-head meetings against Chardy, the Spaniard has been the player in better form lately. Verdasco’s style of play should also cause problems for Chardy. The Spaniard boasts a sizzling lefty forehand, which would serve as a potent weapon against Chardy, with the forehands going into the Frenchman’s weaker backhand. That might prove to be a serious problem for Chardy.
Gilles Simon to beat Lucas Pouille at 1.53 on Wakabet, ATP Paris Masters, R1
Gilles Simon and Lucas Pouille will square off in an all-French first round encounter and Simon should come out on top.
Simon has been in good form after the US Open, winning the Moselle Open and making the quarterfinals of two of his previous four tournaments leading up to the Paris Masters.
Pouille, meanwhile, has managed just one win since the US Open. Simon also leads him 2-1 in career meetings. The odds here doesn’t look to be in Pouille’s favour. And given how tough Simon can be on his day, it sounds all the more difficult for Pouille.
Milos Raonic to beat Jo-Wilfred Tsonga at 1.70 on Wakabet, ATP Paris Masters, R1
Raonic will take on France’s Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the opening round today and I am banking on the Canadian.
Raonic leads the head-to-head 3-2 against Tsonga, and also won their most recent meeting which was at this same event in 2016.
Also, Tsonga has been hit by injury problems this season and only returned to action after a nine-month injury layoff at the Moselle Open and has managed just a win since then. Raonic should move past Tsonga here as the Frenchman is still finding his feet.
Novak Djokovic vs Joao Sousa (Under 18.5 at 1.89), ATP Paris Masters, R2
No player would want to encounter Novak Djokovic this early in a tournament. The Serb is in lethal form at the moment and on an 18-match winning streak.
Djokovic and Sousa have played each other five times and Djokovic has won all five meetings and they’ve all been in straight sets. Given his history against Sousa and his current form, the Serb should get the job done against the Portuguese with ease. Under 18.5 games to decide this at 1.89 is too good a pick!
Philipp Kohlschreiber to beat Marin Cilic at 2.76 on Wakabet, ATP Paris Masters, R2
Kohlschreiber will take on Marin Cilic for a place in the third round and I’m making a big upset call here with Kohlschreiber for the win.
Both men have played each other 11 times, with Kohlschreiber winning on 7 occasions. Their most recent meeting which was at this year’s Indian Wells went Kohlschreiber’s way in straight sets, so I am sticking with the German in this one.
Also, Kohlschreiber is the player in better form at the moment. Cilic has managed just a win in his five previous matches. For those feeling very brave, this is one good pick at 2.76!
Daria Kasatkina to beat Qiang Wang at 1.96 on Wakabet, WTA Elite Trophy, Azalea Group
Daria Kasatkina and Qiang Wang meet in the group stage of the WTA Elite Trophy event in China and I like Kasatkina’s chances here. Also, a win for her at 1.96 is just too high to ignore.
Kasatkina holds a 3-1 lead against Wang in career meetings. And also currently ranked 10th in the world, I expect her to get the win against the 22nd-ranked Chinese.