Richard Gasquet v Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson has a big serve and an aggressive style of play off the ground so you would think he would be able to be quite effective on the grass. Unfortunately for the American, he has been unable to really put it together when playing on this surface and that might be a real issue for him when he plays someone like Richard Gasquet who is comfortable on grass.
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The Frenchman had a very strong Roland Garros as he reached the Quarter Final for the first time in his career in his home tournament. He should have some confidence to take into Queens as Gasquet has won titles on grass before while he has twice been a Semi Finalist at Wimbledon including last year.
Gasquet will need to serve well to try and put Johnson under pressure and raise the discomfort the latter might be feeling on the grass.
If he can do that, I think Gasquet will feel very good in this match up and can find his way to a couple of breaks of serve which may be enough for him to cover this number. Johnson was beaten very easily by Stefan Kozlov last week in Hertogenbosch and I can see Gasquet find his way to a 63, 64 win in this one.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Richard Gasquet -4.5 Games @ 1.99 with Pinnacle
Feliciano Lopez v Marin Cilic
These two players are both very solid on the grass with some very good results on the surface through their careers. However both lost their first match on the grass last week in disappointing fashion and Feliciano Lopez and Marin Cilic return to Queens where they have had success in the past.
Marin Cilic won the title here in 2012 and reached the Final in 2013, but he has gone 1-2 in the last couple of visits to this part of West London since then. He has reached the Quarter Final twice in the last three years at Wimbledon too and it is no surprise he is comfortable on grass with a big serve and an underrated returning game.
Last year was a very difficult season for Feliciano Lopez on the grass as he went 3-4 but in 2014 he was a Finalist in Queens and he won the title in Eastbourne in 2013 and 2014. Lopez is very comfortable on the grass and he has a serve-volley game which is tough to play against when you are as effective in that role as the Spaniard is.
Tie-breakers are likely to be critical in this one and their previous meeting on grass did go three sets with very little to separate them. I think there is little to separate them again and I believe Lopez can make use of the limited games he is being given to at least keep this competitive.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Feliciano Lopez +1.5 Games @ 1.86 with 888 Sports
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