The first round comes to an end this Tuesday in Paris with the players from the top 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.
Murray vs. Kuznetsov
The world no.1 – Andy Murray – makes his debut in Paris this Tuesday. Despite his ranking, Murray is far from one of the main favourites to win the title in Roland Garros. Besides his disappointing 5 – 4 record throughout the European clay-court season in 2017, Andy might not be at 100% on his debut due to a virus that has been bothering him in the past few days.
Playing on clay brings the best out of Andrey Kuznetsov with the Russian winning 65.15% of the matches played on red dirt while his overall record on other surfaces is only 54.79%. Adding to this, Kuznetsov is going through a good moment in his career after reaching the semi-finals in Geneva last week.
Despite Andy’s 2 – 0 lead on the h2h, Kuznetsov was able to steal one set in one of their previous two meetings.
As usual, Murray is the undeniable favourite with William Hill offering 17/100 for the 2016 French Open runner-up to secure a place in the following round. Although we agree with Andy’s favouritism, Kuznetsov should create some problems to the British. Therefore, our suggestion is to take advantage of Andrey’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on his +2.5 Set Handicap at 39/50 with Pinnacle.
Khachanov vs. Jarry
Known as one of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour, Karen Khachanov makes his debut in the French Open main draw this Tuesday. Even though Karen can play at a very good level on any surface, clay is definitely the one where the Russian produces his best tennis. Since he was 18, Khachanov has been based in Barcelona where he trains mostly on red dirt.
Nicolas Jarry continues his impressive run in Roland Garros. Despite his low ranking, the world no.192 secured a place in the main draw after three impressive victories in the qualifying. When looking at Nicolas’ numbers throughout the qualifying stage, the highlight definitely goes to his serve with the Chilean allowing only one break of serve in three matches.
Due to Karen’s higher experience at this level, the bookmakers expect a straightforward win from the Russian with Coral offering only 1/5 for Khachanov’s victory. However, this should be a very close affair, which makes Jarry’s +2.5 Set Handicap at 81/100 with Pinnacle an excellent betting approach for this contest.