The action continues in Paris with the ATP French Open Day 2 taking place this Monday. Bookmakers Review breaks down the fixtures below and lists the best available odds from green listed bookmakers.
Lu vs. Stakhovsky
With a terrible 7 – 25 career record on red dirt, Yen-Hsun Lu is one of the worst players on the ATP World Tour on this surface. As usual, Lu decided to skip the entire European clay-court season which makes this his first match on this surface since the 2016 French Open. In addition to his atrocious record on clay, Yen-Hsun was forced to retire from his last match in Busan due to an elbow injury.
Sergiy Stakhovsky secured a place in the main draw after playing the qualifying in Paris. Even though clay is far from his favourite surface, Stakhovsky can never be underestimated due to his tremendous talent. Looking now at Sergiy’s numbers throughout the qualifying, the highlight goes to his return to serve with the Ukrainian winning 31.10% of his opponents’ service games.
Despite Lu’s 3 – 1 lead on the h2h, none of their previous four meetings was played on clay. Adding to this, Yen-Hsun might not be at 100% after his recent retirement two weeks ago. With this in mind, Stakhovsky is the clear favourite to secure a place in the following round at 53/100 with Pinnacle while Lu is available 81/50 with Bet365.
Dzumhur vs. Kicker
Despite his disappointing 3 – 6 record on clay in 2017, Damir Dzumhur is famous for playing his best tennis on the big stages. Adding to this, Dzumhur is an outstanding clay-court player with a terrific 62.03% winning record on this surface. After reaching the French Open 3rd round two years ago, Damir is looking for another successful campaign in Paris.
At the age of 24, Nicolas Kicker is going through the best moment in his career. Besides securing his career-high ranking, Kicker is also playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career. Despite his recent improvements, there’s still a long way to go before Nicolas can compete on the ATP Tour in a consistent basis with the Argentinean winning only 15.79% of the matches throughout his career against top 100 opponents.
Due to Damir’s higher experience at this level and undeniable quality on this surface, he’s the clear favourite to win this match. Therefore, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Dzumhur’s tennis betting odds at 7/10 with BetVictor while Pinnacle offers 33/25 for Kicker to emerge victorious from this contest.