- Chris Sobey
This week’s ATP tennis action at Washington, Kitzbuhel and Los Cabos is now well underway and first up I have to mention how very suspicious it is that one of my tips from Hamburg last week Philip Kohlschreiber, who was booed off by his own fans when he retired from his semi-final match when a set up against compatriot Mayer due to an alleged injury, turns up at Kitzbuhel a few days later and wins his first round match with no signs of any injury problems!?
I don’t know if this is being investigated by the ESSA (European Sports Security Association), but it should be as Kohlschreiber was heavily backed in to tournament favouritism early in the week as it was a weak event and I imagine the Bookmakers liability was fairly significant as a result.
Moving on and at Kitzbuhel it was good to see Haase (1.40) lose his first round match against qualifier Giraldo as advised on Monday, and it took a brave man to back Haase for the match or tournament given Giraldo’s 3-0 head-to-head winning record against him and momentum from qualifying.
I advised opposing Zeballos in his first round match and he lost the first set, but heroically clawed his way back in to the match to win 2-6 7-6 7-6. At Los Cabos Tiafoe (1.70) lost against Kokkanakis as advised and at the time of writing the other two players to oppose Fratangelo (1.30) against Ito and Kavcic (1.50) against Millot were due to play Tuesday night, or in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
There have already been plenty of other upsets on the ATP Tour this week; at Kitzbuhel Austrian youngster and Wild Card Ofner defeated Basilashvili at short odds, the Lucky Loser tag did not work for strong favourite Monteiro yesterday as he lost against Olivio, another Austrian Wild Card and 2016 semi-finalist Gerald Melzer defeated favourite Berlocq, Bellucci knocked out one of outright selections Dolgopolov in a very close three setter and finally the biggest upset was Kuznetsov (1.08) losing against qualifier Zekic.
Today/tomorrow at Kitzbuhel it could be worth opposing the short priced favourites again like the out of form Cuevas (1.25), who is top-seed this week and second seed Fognini (1.10) as he is unlikely to be fully motivated having won Gstaad last week.
At the time of writing last night the completion of the first round matches and start of the second round was underway at Washington and eighth seed Sock (20/1) was playing his second round match against Romanian Copil before play was interrupted at 5-5 in the first set. Britain’s Kyle Edmunds was due to play Korean NextGen star Chung, top-seed Thiem was due to play Laaksonen and 12th seed Mischa Zverev was due to play Pella. Second seed Nishikori was due to play his first match since Wimbledon against home hope Young in the early hours of this morning as was Del Potro against Lacko.