The men’s tennis tour has returned from Asia and after stop offs in Moscow, Antwerp and Stockholm we have events in Vienna and Basel. ATP Basel has attracted Wawrinka and Federer as you might expect as the stars of this ATP 500 tournament which Roger was once a ball boy for. A lot has happened since then of course but we have a policy of finding spots to oppose Federer and Wawrinka when the odds appeal and we have a chance this week. As former Grand Slam winners over 30 we like to take advantage of decent prices against the pair when they are available.
Helpfully they are both in the same quarter of the draw so we can kill two birds with one stone by backing Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the tournament at 5/1. Stefanos Tsitsipas is in the same half of the draw but the other quarter and Fabio Fognini aside he only has players ranked 39 and above to contend with. Having beaten Novak Djokovic in recent weeks they shouldn’t hold that much fear for him and if he ends up facing either of the Swiss pair neither should they. Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the Australian Open by Tsitsipas and Stefanos only lost in five sets to Wawrinka at the French. Wawrinka lost to Andy Murray last week by the way – hard to judge precisely what that means but Murray himself conceded that he didn’t play that well despite lifting the title.
The other side of the draw has a good mix of young and seasoned players but only Roberto Bautista-Agut is in the top ten. The main contender in that side was Alexander Zverev, who Tsitsipas has also beaten recently, but Zverev has been eliminated from the tournament already. Tsitsipas has had losses in the last few weeks, in a final and semi-final to Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev respectively. They are both top five players though with a number of years on the two home players and as such they can be forgiven. Tsitsipas is playing well and deserving of a title given the runs he’s been putting together – hopefully that will happen in Switzerland this week.
How we placed our ATP Basel bet
Event: Tennis – ATP Basel
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: Stefanos Tsitsipas
Bookie: 888 Sport
Published on: Oct 23, 2019 @ 08:38