The 2nd round comes to an end this Thursday 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.
Monteiro vs. Monfils
After Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s shocking elimination in the opening round, Gael Monfils is one of the last French hopes on the men’s competition. Playing in Roland Garros is always special for Gael with the 30-years-old saying that his dream is to win this tournament. Despite some concerns regarding his physical condition, Monfils started his campaign in Paris with an easy straight sets victory against Dustin Brown.
Thiago Monteiro is the last Brazilian player remaining in the men’s competition in Roland Garros. Despite his undeniable quality on red dirt, Monteiro is still taking the first footsteps on the ATP World Tour. In fact, this is Thiago’s first career appearance in the 2nd round of a Grand Slam event. Adding to this, the Brazilian was far from impressive on his debut in Paris against the French wildcard – Alexandre Muller.
The difference between these two players is huge. For that reason, it’s not surprising to see Monfils as the undeniable favourite at 11/100 with Coral while Bet365 offers 6/1 for Monteiro’s victory. Due to the low price on Gael’s moneyline, our advice is for you to add his -2.5 Set Handicap at 83/100 with Pinnacle to your tennis picks as the best betting approach for this contest.
Almagro vs. Del Potro
The 2009 US Open champion – Juan Martin Del Potro – continues his successful comeback to competition. Despite not playing a single match at Roland Garros since 2012, Del Potro started his campaign in Paris with an impressive victory over Guido Pella. Besides winning all his service games, Juan Martin ended the match with an outstanding 1.38 winners / unforced errors ratio.
From the four Grand Slam tournaments on the tennis calendar, Roland Garros is clearly the one where Nicolas Almagro found more success throughout his career. However, Almagro is no longer the same player at the age of 31. Despite some concerns regarding Nicolas’ attendance in Paris, the former world no.9 was able to compete in this event for the 14th consecutive year.
Due to Del Potro’s 3 – 1 lead in the h2h and terrific results in recent months, it’s impossible to go against him at this point. On the other hand, Nicolas is far from his best and it’s unlikely to see him creating many problems to the Argentinean. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see Del Potro as the clear favourite for this match at 1/4 with BetVictor while Almagro is available at 371/100witht Pinnacle. With this in mind, our suggestion is to place a bet on Del Potro’s -6.0 game handicap at 9/10 with Pinnacle.