Four grass court tennis tournaments will be played this week with the first round matches to continue on Tuesday, June 7. In the piece that follows, we look at some of our best tennis betting tips for the day.
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Karen Khachanov v Alejandro Tabilo
Khachanov is as solid as they come on hard courts but it would be a big surprise to know his record on grass is equally good. Over the 29 matches he has played on grass in his career, Khachanov is 19-10 on win-loss which is better than his record on any other surfaces with the obvious caveat being the small sample size
Not just that, Khachanov’s last appearance on grass came at the Wimbledon last year where he was a quarterfinalist – his best showing in a Grand Slam.
On the other hand, Tabilo’s form on clay has seen him take a ranking leap, enough for him to make the main draws of majors without having to go through qualifiers.
Grass, however, isn’t his favourite surface – in fact he has played in just one main draw match on it in his career. That, by itself, makes things very difficult for the 25-year-old. Expect Khachanov to run through Tabilo in this one.
Tip: Khachanov to win in straight sets: 1/2 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)
Botic van de Zandschulp v Emil Ruusuvuori
In what will be a first meeting between the two, local lad Botic van de Zandschulp will be up against Finland’s Ruusuvuori at the Rosmalen Open. And this could turn out to be a slugfest that goes the distance.
Neither player has shown any kind of proficiency in grass court competitions and between them, if one includes Challenger tournaments and qualifying rounds of ATP competitions, they have played a sum total of a mere 13 matches. And the number of main draw matches won? One apiece!
Which is why this could turn out to be an intriguing battle with both taking their time to get going. The first set, as a result could see a few games played even if the match veers in the direction of one or the other by the end.
Tip: Over 9.5 games in the first set: 3/5 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)
Andy Murray v Christopher O’Connell
Murray loves grass court tennis, O’Connell is a qualifier who has made it through to the main draw with two straight-set wins.
More vitally, both players have played in a Challenger competition in Surbiton just before this which keeps them in a good stead coming into the rest of the grass court season.
And yet, Murray’s record on grass despite his obvious fitness issues in recent times makes him an overwhelming favourite for this one. A straight-set win despite a fighting showing from O’Connell looks like a tempting option here.
Tip: Murray to win in straight sets: 26/25 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)
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