David Goffin v Horacio Zeballos – ATP Gstaad
Last week was a rare early exit for David Goffin as he has moved up to World Number 14 after falling away a little following his initial breakthrough on the Tour.
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He has the game for most surfaces and Goffin’s hard working on the court has paid dividends as he has worn down opponents. Horacio Zeballos would be the first to tell you about the difficulty of playing Goffin who has won their last two matches and won three out of five sets by the same 61 set score.
You can’t dismiss Zeballos because he has come through the qualifiers and beaten Andrey Rublev in the First Round so the conditions will be more familiar to him than Goffin who plays his first competitive match of the week. However, Goffin should have had plenty of practice time and the colder temperatures may also play in his favour as Zeballos finds it harder to hit through him.
They met recently at Wimbledon so Goffin should be ready to deal with the lefty serve that Zeballos will send at him and I think the Number 1 Seed wins this 64, 63.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: David Goffin – 4.5 Games @ 1.92 with UNIBET
John Isner v Radek Stepanek – ATP Atlanta
It was a disappointing outing for John Isner at the tournament in Newport when he was beaten in his first match, but he is looking for a three-peat in Atlanta.
He has had some trouble with Radek Stepanek in the past having lost three of four matches against him, but John Isner should be in a better place to get a little closer on the head to head. Stepanek has been having a few problems since returning to the Tour and his serve is going to give Isner a couple of chances to break, even if the American is limited on his return.
The bigger question for Isner is going to be whether he can hold onto his own serve, which is usually a big weapon for him out on Tour. They did last meet in 2012, but Stepanek has broken the Isner serve at least once in every match and he will look to chip and charge off the serve to put pressure on the home hope.
However, I think Stepanek is having a few more issues trying to get back to his full fitness and Isner can win this match 76, 64 as long as he is able to fight through some of the difficult moments he will have on serve.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: John Isner – 2.5 Games @ 2.02 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
Prices correct at time of writing.