ATP Moscow Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Thur 22nd Oct by @DavAulak

Marin Cilic v Denis Istomin

Retaining his title in Moscow is going to be a challenge for Marin Cilic who has a lot of points to make up in the ‘Race for London’. It would take some strange set of results from the players ahead of him to allow Cilic to get into the World Tour Finals, but he will still look for a strong end to the season to set up the 2016 season.

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He will have to take on a form player in Denis Istomin who won the Challenger in Tashkent last week and was also a comfortable winner in the First Round in Moscow. Istomin will be confident with the title in the bag, but he played quite a lot of tennis last week with a number of three set wins needed and I do wonder if fatigue will play a factor in this one.

The slower conditions means Istomin might have to fight through more rallies to see off Cilic and that is when that fatigue begins to play a part more and more. Marin Cilic has the edge when it comes to the serve and he has been too good for the players he has been expected to beat in recent weeks.

There are still some inconsistencies in his performances having seen 2015 hurt by injuries, but Cilic has won five of his six previous matches against Istomin. These two players haven’t met this season, but I think Cilic holds the edge in this match and can work through for a 63, 64 win.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Marin Cilic – 3.5 Games @ 1.95


Mikhail Kukushkin


Mikhail Kukushkin v Andrey Kuznetsov

After knocking off the big hope of Russian tennis in the First Round, Mikhail Kukushkin will be hoping to see off another in Andrey Kuznetsov in the Second Round. Kukushkin was born in Russia, but represents Kazakhstan so the fans might be a little more keen on supporting Kuznetsov in this Second Round match.

I don’t want to underestimate Kuznetsov at all as he has put together some successful weeks on the Tour and has played much more tennis than Kukushkin who hasn’t been in action since Kuala Lumper earlier this month.

Kuznetsov has a decent serve and he can bring together some really good tennis to the court, but the same can be said for Kukushkin. Both players will likely have their moments in this one as they get hot and cool off with their shot-making, but it could be a great match to watch if both are putting together their best tennis at the same time.

I just feel Kukushkin can sustain a higher level than Kuznetsov for a longer period of time and that should give him the edge and help him through to the Quarter Finals. The first set might need a tie-breaker to separate them before Kukushkin pulls clear in a 76, 64 win.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Mikhail Kukushkin – 2.5 Games @ 1.80

Prices correct at time of writing.

Prices provided by Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage.

By @DavAulak.



ATP Moscow Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Wed 21st Oct by @DavAulak

Victor Troicki v Teymuraz Gabashvili

Both of these players have looked like they are playing out the string in this 2015 season and both Victor Troicki and Teymuraz Gabashvili can produce some really good quality tennis as well as some complete dross in the same match.

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At least Troicki can say he has had a couple of wins here and there recently compared with Gabashvili, although the latter is playing at home and has a win under his belt here.


Viktor Troicki


As I have said, both can go through some real fluctuations within the same match and I would not be surprised if both were to win a set in this one. However Troicki could hold the mental edge not just because of his recent form compared with Gabashvili, but has also won all four matches against Gabashvili in previous matches.

Those matches are at least four years old though so I am not sure they are relevant now, but Gabashvili hasn’t looked like a player that has had too much left in tank in the last couple of weeks. I am not completely sold on Troicki’s mentality having lost a couple of Grand Slam matches from 2-0 up in sets this season, but I think he comes through in three sets and has enough to cover this number.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Victor Troicki – 1.5 Games @ 1.86 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.