The 2nd round gets underway this Wednesday 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.
Pouille vs. Bellucci
Regardless of this Wednesday’s outcome, Thomaz Bellucci already secured his return to the top 55. Despite losing the opening set against Dusan Lajovic on his debut in Paris, Bellucci proved too strong for the Serbian. Looking now at Thomaz’s numbers in the previous round, the Brazilian ended the match with an impressive 1.53 winners / unforced errors ratio.
The world no.17 – Lucas Pouille – is just one win away from an unprecedented appearance at the French Open 3rd round. Known as a big match player, Pouille presents an incredible 75.00% winning record on Grand Slam events in the past 12 months. Adding to this, Lucas is also famous for playing his best tennis in his home country with Pouille winning 83.33% of the matches on French soil in 2017.
Despite Bellucci’s undeniable quality on this surface, Pouille is definitely the better player between the two. Adding to this, Lucas also counts with the enthusiastic support from the crowd. Therefore, Pouille deserves to be the undeniable favourite to win this match at 2/5 at Bet365 while Pinnacle offers 117/50 for Bellucci’s victory. For those who want to take a higher risk, Pouille’s -1.5 Set Handicap at 3/4 at SBOBET is also a great betting approach for this match.
Coric vs. Johnson
Despite his outstanding results in recent months, Steve Johnson is not going through a good moment on his personal life after the unexpected dead of his father. After withdrawing from the Internazionali BNL D’Italia, Steve decided to compete in Roland Garros but although his victory against Yuichi Sugita in the opening round, Steve was far from impressive and unable to control his emotions.
Playing in Paris brings great memories to Borna Coric with an outstanding 71.43% career record in Roland Garros. Coric couldn’t ask for a better debut on this year’s edition with a straight sets victory over Matthias Bourgue. Looking now at Borna’s numbers on his debut on this event, the former junior world no.1 won 73.47% of the points played on his own serve.
This should be a very interesting contest with Johnson’s firepower contrasting with Borna’s defensive skills. However, Steve may not be at 100% mentally for this match, which makes Coric the main favourite to secure a place in the 3rd round at 57/100 at William Hill while Johnson is available at 3/2 at BetVictor.