The French Open gets underway this Sunday with the players from the bottom half of the draw in action on the men’s competition. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixtures below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmakers.
Zeballos vs. Mannarino
While most players produce their best tennis in their own country, Adrian Mannarino only won 47.83% of the matches played throughout his career on French soil. Adding to this, Mannarino is far from a clay-court expert with a terrible 5 – 11 record in Roland Garros. Known for his counter punching skills, Adrian’s game style is not as effective on clay as it is on faster game conditions such as Hard Court or grass.
The world no.64 – Horacio Zeballos – continues his impressive run in recent months. As it happens with most of the South-American players, clay is clearly Zeballos’ favourite surface. Besides his impressive 66.67% winning record on red dirt over the last 12 months, Horacio reached the semi-finals of an ATP 500 event for the first time in his career earlier this season in Barcelona.
These two players are no strangers with Mannarino winning their previous two meetings. Despite Adrian’s 2 – 0 lead on the h2h, this is their first encounter on red dirt.
This match is scheduled for the Suzanne-Lenglen court and although Mannarino will count with a tremendous support from the crowd, Zeballos should be too strong for the local player. Therefore, Horacio is the main favourite to secure a place in the following round at 4/5 with William Hill while Mannarino is available at 29/25 with Pinnacle.
Karlovic vs. Tsitsipas
At the age of 38, Ivo Karlovic is by far the oldest player on the men’s draw in Roland Garros. Despite his age, Ivo is still one of the toughest opponents on the ATP World Tour with the 6’11’’ Croatian still ranked in the top 25. Adding to this, Karlovic holds great memories from Paris after reaching the 3rd round on last year’s edition.
Regardless of this Sunday’s outcome, Stefanos Tsitsipas already secured his return to the top 200. Known as one of the most promising young players on the tour, Tsitsipas makes his debut on Grand Slam tournaments this Sunday. Due to his low ranking, Stefanos had to play the qualifying in Paris with the Greek defeating Thomas Fabbiano, Gleb Sakharov and Oscar Otte on his journey into the main draw.
This should be a very interesting contest between the oldest and one of the youngest players on the draw in Paris. Despite Stefanos’ brilliant run in the qualifying, Karlovic should be too strong for the Greek teenager. With this in mind, our suggestion is to place a bet on Ivo’s tennis betting odds at 3/4 with BetVictor while Tsitsipas is available at 6/5 at Pinnacle.