- Chris Sobey
This week’s ATP tennis action at Hamburg, Gstaad and Atlanta is now well underway and at the ATP 500 Hamburg event the top two seeds Ramos-Vinolas and Cuevas have already crashed out losing against Lucky Loser Leonardo Mayer and Kuznetsov respectively. There were seeded players who progressed on Monday and Tuesday, like third seed Khachanov, fourth seed Simon, fifth seed Paire and sixth seed Schwartzman as well as a number of home grown players like Kohlschreiber, who defeated Umag winner Rublev and is tournament favourite now, Stebe and Florian Mayer.
There have been no major upsets at Gstaad so far as the top four seeds Goffin, Bautista Agut, Lopez and Fognini don’t start their campaigns until today, while sixth seed Haase and eighth seed Sousa got their campaigns off to a winning start. At Atlanta the top four seeds Sock, Isner, Muller and Harrison have not started their campaigns yet and they will get their campaigns underway tonight and tomorrow. Britain’s Kyle Edmund seeded five got his campaign off to a winning start beating veteran Baghadatis in straight sets, sixth seed Young also won his opener, but seventh seed Chung lost his opener from a set up against American qualifier Paul.
From a tournament betting perspective at Hamburg Kohlschreiber (11/2) and Basilashvili (50/1) are both worth siding with this week. Kohlschreiber has a strong record on home soil having won five titles during his career and he is more than capable of capitalising on a weak bottom half of the draw and Basilashvili looks overpriced given his form at this level in 2017, reaching two semi-finals at Sofia and Lyon and a final at Memphis. At Gstaad past statistics suggest the top two seeds won’t win and with unseeded players having a good record over the last decade its worth siding with one at big odds.
Sixth seed Haase (18/1) fits the bill as he’s won Kitzbuhel twice, which has very similar conditions to Gstaad due to the higher altitude, and his big serve and aggressive game will make him difficult to beat this week if he’s fit and on form. At Atlanta the top two seeds have a poor record, which means it’s worth opposing Sock and Newport winner Isner. American players have won six of the seven titles and sixth seed Young (18/1) and fourth seed Harrison (12/1) are both experienced and talented enough to win this week.