ATP Lyon Open Best Bets – May 25th   

The 2019 Lyon Open has got its final set after two strong semifinals on Friday. Benoit Paire opened the day with a straight forward 6-4 6-2 win over American Taylor Fritz. Paire did not lose serve one time, faced just two break points, and broke Fritz on serve three separate times. Paire is now 9-1, with one title, in ATP 250 clay events this season. Paire will be facing off against 18-year-old  #4 Felix Auger-Aliassime after the Canadian fought back to knock off #1 Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets. FAA lost his serve twice in the first set, but was able to fight off seven break points in the last two sets to not drop serve again. The Canadian continues his breakout 2019 as he will now rise to a career high ranking of #22.

Here is my pick for the 2019 Lyon Open championship.

Felix Auger-Aliassime (-139) vs Benoit Paire (+110)

Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to his second career ATP final, and on clay, after a three set comeback win over top seed Nikoloz Basilashvili on Friday. FAA has dropped two sets in his three matches played and has been on the court for six hours and six minutes. Saturday will be the Canadians second final of the season, he fell in the final of Rio to Laslo Djere, and the 18-year-old has already been to four semifinals in 2019. FAA is 25-13 overall and 13-8 on clay in 2019.

Benoit Paire also enters his second final of the 2019 season after an easy 6-4 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz Friday. The Frenchman has lost two sets, in four matches, and has spent six hours and 15 minutes on the courts. Paire will be entering his 7th career final, Saturday, and he currently stands at 2-4 in finals. He won the Grand Prix Hassan, earlier this season in Morocco, and won the Swedish Open back in 2015. Paire is 23-16 overall and 17-6 on clay in 2019.

I like Felix Auger-Aliassime to win his first, of many, ATP titles. This should be a good match and I would not be surprised to see multiple breaks of serve, in each set, and a tiebreaker or two. I would also take the over in games played.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 180-114

ATP Lyon Open Results: 7-4

ATP Lyon Open Best Bets – May 24th   

The 2019 Lyon Open has its final four after a great day of tennis on Thursday. Taylor Fritz (+137) and Nikoloz Basilashvili (+110) triumphed in small upsets to advance to the semifinals. Besides for a minor hiccup that cost him the first set, Taylor Fritz played almost a perfect match in taking out #2 Roberto Bautista-Agut in three sets. #1 Nikoloz Basilashvili dropped just one service game, and faced two break points, while breaking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga three times in his straight set win. Benoit Paire advances to the semifinals after a nice three set win over Denis Shapovalov Thursday. The Frenchman was broken just one time, in the three sets, and was able to come back from a 0-3 deficit in the third set tiebreaker to secure the win. The final semifinalist is #4 Felix Auger-Aliassime as the young Canadian was able to knock off Steve Johnson in three sets Thursday.

The semifinals Friday will be #1 Nikoloz Basilashvili vs #4 Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz vs Benoit Paire.

Here are my picks for the 2019 Lyon Open semifinals.

Taylor Fritz (-125) vs Benoit Paire (+100)

Taylor Fritz put on a great performance in his quarterfinal match, against Roberto Bautista-Agut, winning in three sets and not facing a single break point. The American has struggled in main draw clay matches this season, but Fritz will be happy to finally see some results so close to Rolland Garros. Fritz has never won a clay court title, or ATP title in general, but he finds himself just two wins away from clearing both of those hurdles.

Benoit Paire advances to his second semifinal this clay court season with a nice three set win over Denis Shapovalov Thursday. The Frenchman entered Lyon on the heels of three straight first round defeats, in Munich, Madrid and Rome, so Paire will get his confidence back up with the run this week. Paire has two career ATP titles with both championships coming on the clay.

I like Benoit Paire to get to his second final of the clay season.

The H2H is tied 1-1, but this will be the first meeting on clay,

Felix Auger-Aliassime (-175) vs Nikoloz Basilashvili (+137)

Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to his third semifinal of 2019 with a nice three set win over Steve Johnson in the quarters. FAA is having a breakout season as he ended 2019 ranked #108 and currently sits at #28. The young Canadian has really enjoyed the clay this season with all three semifinals this season have been on the surface. Auger-Aliassime has never won an ATP title, but he did win three Challenger, and one ITF, clay court title.

Nikoloz Basilashvili is through to his first semifinal of 2019 after a straightforward 6-4 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday. Basilashvili had a real nice season on clay in 2018, but had struggled until Lyon this season. The Georgian has won one ATP title, and four lower level titles, on clay in his career.

I like Nikoloz Basilashvili to get the win and advance to the final.

Felix Auger-Aliassime leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on clay.

YTD Tennis Results: 177-111

ATP Lyon Open Results: 6-3

ATP Lyon Open Best Bets – May 23rd  

The 2019 Lyon Open is down to eight final men after five matches, and one walkover, on Wednesday. Three favorites, Denis Shapovalov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roberto Bautista-Agut, all fought back from first set losses to win in three sets and advance to the quarterfinals. Benoit Paire (+162) knocked off Pablo Cuevas in straight sets to continue his normal up and down season. Nikoloz Basilashvili faced off against a favorable opponent, in lucky loser Tristan Lamasine, and took care of business in straight sets. Taylor Fritz advanced thanks to a walkover from Richard Gasquet.

The quarterfinal matchups taking place on Thursday are #1 Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, #2 Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Taylor Fritz, #3 Denis Shapovalov vs Benoit Paire and #4 Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Steve Johnson.

Here are my picks for the quarterfinal round action in Lyon.

Roberto Bautista-Agut (-227) vs Taylor Fritz (+175)

Roberto Bautista-Agut fought back from a set down, against Corentin Moutet, Wednesday to advance to his fifth quarterfinal of the 2019 season. The Spaniard has had an up and down clay season as he made the semifinals in Munich, is currently in the quarters of Lyon, but fell in the second round of both Rome and Monte Carlo and the first round of Madrid. The Spaniard has won one career ATP title on the dirt and currently sits at 5-4 on this surface in 2019.

Taylor Fritz received a walkover from the #6 seed, Richard Gasquet, to advance to his second quarterfinal of the 2019 season. Fritz has successfully defended his quarterfinal points from last season here and can now focus on stacking more wins as we are just a few days away from the start of the French Open. Fritz is 10-6 on clay in 2019.

I like Roberto-Bautista Agut to get the win and advance to the semifinals.

Roberto Bautista-Agut leads the H2H 2-0, but this will be the first meeting on clay.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (-152) vs Nikoloz Basilashvili (+120)

Nikoloz Basilashvili is through to his third quarterfinal of the season after a 7-5 7-5 win over Tristan Lamasine on Wednesday. Basilashvili had a tough start to his clay court season as he lost in the first round to Madrid and Monte Carlo, and fell in the second round of Budapest, but two wins last week in Rome seem to have given the Georgian a spark. Basilashvili has always been a good clay court player, so hi rounding into form is no surprise. The 27-year-old is 4-4 on clay in 2019.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fought off a tough Steven Diez, in three sets, and advances to his fifth quarterfinal of the season. The Frenchman has gone 3-1 in his previous quaretfinal appearances this season, but faces a tough task on Thursday. Tsonga has already improved his ranking 154 positions this year and is looking solid heading into the French Open. Tsonga is 7-4 on the dirt in 2019.

I like Nikoloz Basilashvili to get the win and advance to the semis.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leads the H2H 1-0 with that one meeting taking place on the clay, in Lyon, in 2017.

YTD Tennis Results: 170-108

ATP Lyon Open Results: 5-2

ATP Lyon Open Best Bets – May 22nd

The 2019 Lyon Open had five main draw matchups take place on Tuesday and there were some very entertaining matches. #4 Felix Auger-Aliassime, Benoit Paire and Pablo Cuevas all advanced as favorites with Auger-Aliassime and Cuevas needing just two sets to get through. Corentin Moutet pulled off a slight upset, as he went off at +137, defeating Reilly Opelka in an exciting 12-10 third set tiebreaker. The other upset on the day was Steve Johnson, who went off at +150, knocking out Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three sets.

Tuesday will see the final six second round matches go off as the top three seeds all get their campaigns underway.

Here are my picks for the Wednesday action in Lyon.

Denis Shapovalov (-227) vs Ugo Humbert (+162)

Denis Shapovalov ended the first quarter of the season with a semifinal run in Miami, on the hardcourts, but has really struggled since hitting the European clay. The Canadian has competed in four clay court tournament this season and he has suffered first round defeats in three of them. The 20-year-old did get a win last week in Rome, but then got blown off the court by Novak Djokovic in the second round. Shapovalov is 3-4 on clay this season.

Ugo Humbert got his first main draw win since late February with a routine 6-1 6-3 win over Cam Norrie on Monday. The Frenchman has never been good on clay and it appears he may still be trending down on the surface. Humbert has suffered two first round losses and has failed to qualify for two other tournaments since hitting the European dirt.

Denis Shapovalov gets the win Wednesday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Taylor Fritz (-175) vs Richard Gasquet (+125) 

Taylor Fritz will look to win back-to-back main draw matches for the first time since Monte Carlo after knocking out Jiri Vesely in straight sets on Monday. Fritz made the quarterfinals here last year, so one more win will see him secure his top 50 ranking heading into the French Open. The American is now 10-6 on clay in 2019.

Richard Gasquet got his second win of the season, on Monday, as the veteran Frenchman works his way back from a six month injury layoff. Gasquet made his return to tour at Madrid a few weeks back and was able to come away with a first round win. Since then he lost to Roger Federer, in the second round of Madrid, and the first round of Rome to Jeremy Chardy. Gasquet won this tournament when it was still taking place in Nice back in 2010.

Taylor Fritz gets to the quarters.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 161-105

ATP Lyon Open Results: 3-2

ATP Lyon Open Best Bets – May 21st

The 2019 Lyon Open really got underway Monday with seven main draw matches on the day. Six of the seven finished in straight sets with Richard Gasquet being the only three set winner. Taylor Fritz, Steven Diez, Tristan Lamasine, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Steve Johnson and Ugo Humbert all came away with straight set victories on Monday.

Six main draw matches are on the schedule Tuesday with #4 Felix Auger-Aliassime vs John Millman headlining the day. #6 Richard Gasquet vs Taylor Fritz and #8 Huey Hurkacz vs Pablo Cuevas are also two fun matches to keep an eye on.

Here are my picks for the Tuesday action in Lyon.

Pablo Cuevas (-175) vs Huey Hurkacz (+125)

Pablo Cuevas enters the Lyon Open a winner in nine of his last 10 matches and in great form on clay in Europe. Cuevas has been competing in Challenger and ATP events all European clay swing, but has certainly gained some confidence after two title winning runs in Challenger events and run to the final in Estoril. Cuevas a six time clay court champion, on the main circuit, and sits at 25-8 on the dirt in 2019.

Huey Hurkacz had a very solid hardcourt season, but has struggled since getting over to Europe and on the dirt. Hurkacz made a run to the Round of 16 in Madrid, but lost in the first round of Monte Carlo and Budapest and last week failed to qualify for Rome. The Pole is 4-4 on clay in 2019.

I like Pablo Cuevas to advance.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Reilly Opelka (-227) vs Corentin Moutet (+162)

Reilly Opelka enters the Lyon Open looking to string back-to-back main draw wins since Miami in late March. Since hitting the clay, Opelka has two first round losses, in Houston and Barcelona, two second round loses, in Estoril and Madrid, and failed to qualify for Rome. The American went 12-5 on clay last year, with one Challenger title, but is just 5-5 on the surface so far in 2019.

Corentin Moutet started off his clay court season with a first round qualifying loss, in Morocco, so he went to down to the Challenger circuit to get some confidence and some results. Moutet entered three Challenger events making one quarterfinal, one semifinal and one final in those three tournaments. The 20-year-old is 9-4 on clay in 2019.

I think Corentin Moutet pulls the slight upset.

 This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 156-103

ATP Lyon Open Results: 1-2

ATP Lyon Open Best Bets – May 20th

The 2019 Lyon Open got underway Sunday with two main draw matches featuring one upset and one favorite pulling out a tough two set win. John Millman, who went off as a slight underdog at +110, dominated Pablo Andujar winning in straight sets 6-1 6-3. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga was the other winner Sunday after knocking the #5 seed, Dusan Lajovic, 7-6 6-4.

Monday has seven more first round matches on the schedule featuring #6 Richard Gasquet, #7 Pierre-Hugues Humbert and Taylor Fritz all getting their campaigns started.

Here are my picks for the Monday action in Lyon.

Mikhail Kukushkin (-139) vs Jannik Sinner (+100)

Mikhail Kukushkin enters Lyon looking for his first win since mid-April. The Kazak is currently on a five match losing streak and he has lost seven out of his last eight matches. During his five match losing streak, Kukushkin has not even won a set. Kukushkin is 1-5 on clay in 2019. He fell in the quarterfinals here last season.

Jannik Sinner picked up his first Masters 1000 win when he upset Steve Johnson last week in Rome. The young Italian has had a remarkable 2019 so far as he has picked up his first two ATP main draw wins, went 11-0 on hardcourts, and won two indoor hardcourt titles and one clay court title. Sinner is 16-6 on clay in 2018. He did not compete during this week last season.

I like Mikhail Kukushkin to get the win.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Taylor Fritz (-152) vs Jiri Vesely (+110)

Taylor Fritz has struggled most of 2019, but the American has seemed to find a little bit of form over the recent weeks. Fritz successfully qualified for both Rome and Madrid and then pulled upsets over Grigor Dimitrov and Guido Pella in the first round. Fritz was unlucky to draw Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic in the second round of those tournaments and could not get past those hurdles. The American is 9-6 on clay in 2019. Fritz fell in the quarterfinals here last season.

Jiri Vesely returns to the main tour for the first time since withdrawing from his quarterfinal round match in Marrakech from early April. The Czech has competed in three Challenger events since then and has made one quarterfinal appearance to go along with his first and second round exits. Vesely is 9-5 on clay in 2019. He competed in Geneva during this week last year where he fell in the first round.

Taylor Fritz gets the win.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 153-102

ATP Lyon Open Results: 0-2

We are just one week away from the second Grand Slam of the season, but the Road to Roland Garros takes no weeks off as we head to Lyon for the 2019 Lyon Open. The tournament really gets started on Monday, but there are two main draw matches, four final qualifiers, on Sunday. The Lyon Open is heading into its third edition with a pretty solid field considering its placement on the calendar. The top five seeds are Nikoloz Basilashvili, Roberto Bautista-Agut, Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Dusan Lajovic. There are also two big time French players in this year’s draw as Richard Gasquet enters as the #6 seed looking to get some matches under his belt and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga enters as a wild card looking to improve his ranking as much as possible before the French Open.

Sunday’s two main draw matches are #5 Dusan Lajovic vs Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and John Millman vs Pablo Andujar.

Here are my picks for the first day of action in Lyon.

Pablo Andujar-Alba (-152) vs John Millman (+110)

Pablo Andujar returns for the first time since his run to the final in Marrakech over one month ago. Andujar upset Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gilles Simon before falling to Benoit Paire in the final. The veteran Spaniard has had a very good clay court season as he went on a 14 match winning streak, won back-to-back titles on the Challenger circuit, and made that final in Morocco. Andujar is 16-3 on clay this season. He competed in Geneva last season during this week and lost in the second round.

John Millman had a very solid 11-6 record on clay in 2018, but the Aussie has found it difficult to stack any wins together this season. Millman hasn’t won back-to-back ATP matches since late February and has failed in the first round in two of the previous five clay court tournaments he has entered. Millman is currently 3-5 on the dirt this season. The Aussie did not compete during this week last season.

I like Pablo Andujar to get the win Sunday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (-164) vs Dusan Lajovic (+120)

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga had a nice start to his clay season as he made the semifinals in Marrakech, but has had a tough go of it since then. The big Frenchman suffered first round losses in Monte Carlo and Rome and had a troubling loss in a Challenger quarterfinal to world #164 Filip Horansky. Tsonga did well on the hardcourts earlier this season to get his ranking back in the top 100, but this clay court season will surely not help his confidence heading into Roland Garros. Tsonga is 5-4 on clay so far, but just 3-3 in ATP matches. Tsonga was out injured during this part of the season in 2018.

Dusan Lajovic made the biggest final of his career a few backs in Monte Carlo, but has found it difficult to win since then. Including his loss in the final of Monte Carlo, Lajovic has lost four out of his last five matches including a disappointing loss to Dan Evans in the final qualifying stages of Rome last week. Lajovic is 6-6 on clay this season. The Serb made it to the semifinals of this tournament last season.

I like Dusan Lajovic to pull off the slight upset.

Jo-Wilfred leads the overall H2H 2-0 and leads 1-0 on clay.

YTD Tennis Results: 146-99

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