Tennis Smart Picks of The Day: 15th October, 2021

ATP/WTA Indian Wells

Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos has a cold, Basilashvili won’t turn up cold

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The Greek ace Tsitsipas has spent over five hours on court having dropped the first set in both the previous rounds to Fabio Fognini and Alex De Minaur. The Georgian Basilashvili has had less trouble thus far. He impressively defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets in the last round and has started his past three matches dominantly, taking the first set 6-4 in each. Whilst it’s tough to bet against the Greek ace, his lingering cold and physical fitness could be a factor in making this matchup an interesting battle. 

Back over 21.5 games @ 1.90

Taylor Fritz vs Alexander Zverev

Not as easy as it looks

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With the young German Zverev in smoking hot form, we have to stay away from any match or set winner markets. Fritz has some momentum and has been winning important points in his last few matches. He has also managed to take at least a set of Zverev in their last three meetings (winning one of them). We’d feel comfortable venturing into the handicap games market.

Back Fritz +4.5 games @ 1.72

Ons Jabeur vs Paula Badosa

The Tunisian looks hungrier 

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Ons Jabeur has a WTA tour-leading 48 wins this season as she looks to win her second Masters Title this year. Paula Badosa has also enjoyed a run of rich form, taking her last three encounters against Gauff, Krejcikova and most recently Kerber in straight sets. We reckon this one will be a tough one and might go to three sets. Judging by their last meeting (Jabuer won 7-6,5-7,7-5), we reckon Jabeur has the edge.

Back Jabeur to win @ 1.72

Challenger Matches- Alicante (Spain) and Napoli

Lucas Miedler vs Constant Lestienne

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With impressive wins for both Miedler and Lestinenne against higher ranked players Kacper Zuk and Fernando Verdasco last time out, we reckon this will be a tight match. The real attribute that swings our bet Lestienne’s way is his higher big-point wins– break points won and saved.

Back Lestienne to win @ 1.57

Lorenzo Giustino vs Flavio Cobolli

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The pair met earlier this year on the same surface (clay) and Giustino got swept away taking just two games. Yet, this time out he looks better prepared, whilst his opponent Cobolli looks a little tired having endured a long season.

Back Giustino +4.5 games @ 1.8

Franco Agamenone vs Bernabe Zapata Miralles

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The Argentine Agamenone made a fantastic comeback in the last round of the Napoli Challenger coming back from a set and a break down to take down Mathias Bourgue 5-7, 7-6, 6-1. The Spaniard Miralles also won in straight sets against Alexandre Muller, but lost his serve multiple times and came back from the edge in the first set. We’d back Agamenone’s momentum and skill on clay courts to be able to clinch him a set at least.

Back Agamenone to win a set @ 1.62

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