U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Best Bets – April 11th
The U.S. men’s Clay Court Championship has its first four quarterfinalists after Wednesday’s action. Marcel Granollers backed up his impressive win over Taylor Fritz with a dominant 6-1 6-2 win over Bernard Tomic. Granollers will take on Casper Ruud who used a three set comeback to knock out the #4 seed Reilly Opelka. The other quarterfinal matchup set is Henri Laaksonen vs Christian Garin. Laaksonen knocked out American Ryan Harrison, in straight sets, and Garin needed a three set comeback to knock out the #2 seed Jeremy Chardy.
Steve Johnson, the #1 seed, and Cam Norrie, the #3 seed, get their U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship underway Thursday with Steve Johnson looking to three peat after winning this title in 2017 and 2018. American Sam Querrey will also be in action Thursday looking to get to his second quarterfinal of the season.
Just four matches, on Thursday, so here are my two best bets.
Cameron Norrie (-175) vs Janko Tipsarevic (+125)
Cam Norrie is playing just his second season of clay events and will look to improve upon his 9-10 career record on the service. Entering this tournament as the three seed Norrie will look to gain momentum as he prepares for the French Open. Norrie made a run in Lyon, last season, to advance to the semifinals of that tournament, but has not gotten out of the second round of any other clay event. Currently on a three match losing streak, Norrie will have to get through Janko Tipsarevic to end this losing run. Tipsarevic knocked out Tennys Sandgren in straight sets on Tuesday and looked to be in the same form he was in during his 12-5, 2018, dirt season. Tipsarevic should determine the outcome of this match as he has the superior clay court ability, but hit fitness has been letting him down lately. Tipsarevic gets the win.
Steve Johnson (-303) vs Elahi Riveros (+225)
Steve Johnson kick starts his campaign in Houston looking to win his third straight title here. Johnson never did much on clay prior to 2017, but over the last two years he has gone 19-7 and added those two titles. Johnson will look to get to the quarters and has a friendly first opponent in world #241 Elahi Riveros. The Colombian knocked our Paolo Lorenzi in the first round and is currently 4-0 on the dirt this season. Riveros went 15-8 last season and won a Challenger title on the dirt. Steve Johnson cruises to the quarters.
YTD Tennis Results: 53-38
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Results: 2-4
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Best Bets – April 10th
Seven matches, and two upsets, got the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship rolling on Tuesday. The day started with a slight upset when Elahi Galan Riveros knocked out Paolo Lorenzi in straight sets. Riveros was even money, but the biggest upset of the day was +162 Janko Tipsarevic knocking out Tennys Sandgren in straight sets. It was a tough day for Americans as six were in action on Tuesday and only one was able to advance to the second round.
Two of the top four seeds start their campaign, on Wednesday, with Jeremy Chardy, the two seed, and Reilly Opelka, the four seed, are in action to headline the day.
Just four matches, on Wednesday, so here are my two best bets.
Christian Garin (-139) vs Jeremy Chardy (+100)
Christian Garin picked up a nice comeback win, over Pablo Cuevas, and advances to the second road down in Houston. Garin is off to an 8-4 start on the dirt this season and advanced to his first ATP final down in Sao Paulo. The young Chilean has won seven Challenger clay events, but has a decent shot of winning this tournament, in my opinion. His second round opponent will be veteran Frenchman Jeremy Chardy who is off to an 8-9 start in 2019. Chardy has one ATP clay court title, all the way back in 2019, and is coming off a poor 7-7 clay court record in 2018. Chardy leads the H2H series 2-1, with all matches on clay, but I see Garin evening up the H2H record.
Reilly Opelka (-129) vs Casper Ruud (-111)
Reilly Opelka is in the midst of the best form of his career as he won his first ATP title, in New York, and will look to continue that as the clay swing begins. Opelka went 12-5 on the dirt last season and won a Challenger title in Bordeaux, so he will look to continue that success in Houston. The big serving American lost in the qualifying stages here in 2018, but with an improved ranking he is through to the second round which is already the furthest he has advanced in a clay court ATP event. His opponent will be young Casper Ruud who advanced to the semifinals of the Sao Paulo clay event back in March. Rudd has played a lot on the dirt, but has had just average results compiling a 41-41 record in 2017 and 2018. Rudd is off to an 8-4 start on the dirt in 2019, but Opelka advances to the quarters.
YTD Tennis Results: 51-36
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Results: 1-3
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Best Bets – April 9th
Five matches, and three upsets, got the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship’s off and running on Monday. Ryan Harrison started the day off with an upset, as he went off at +125, and easily handled the veteran Ivo Karlovic. Christian Garin came back from a set down to upset Pablo Cuevas in three sets and, the final upset of the day, was Marcel Granollers needing three sets up upset Taylor Fritz. The final two winners of the day were Casper Ruud, who knocked out Huge Dellien, and Bernard Tomic taking out American Denis Kudla.
A lot of Americans get their tournament started, on Tuesday, with Sam Querrey, Mackenzie McDonald and Tennys Sandgren.
There are seven matches, on Tuesday, so here are my two best bets.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (-189) vs Noah Rubin (+137)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez did not have much success in his first two clay court events this season. Competing in two Challenger events he was able to just win one match in each tournament and now sits at 12-10 total this season. Garcia-Lopez has won three ATP clay court titles and will look to add to that total this week down in Houston. His first round opponent will be an American coming off his best clay court season of his career, Noah Rubin. The American went 13-6, in 2018, and won his first ever Challenger tournament on this surface. He gets his clay court season kick started Tuesday and will look to get off to a strong start. This might be a three setter and Garcia-Lopez advances to Round 2.
Jordan Thompson (-200) vs Pedja Krstin (+150)
Jordan Thompson is coming off a solid Round of 16 run, in Miami that changed the outlook of his poor season so far. With the three wins in Miami the Aussie now sits at 11-8 on this season. Thompson has never really impressed on clay, but does have one Challenger title, on the dirt, back in 2016. Pedja Krstin enters the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship after easily getting through the qualifying stages. The Serb went 26-18 on clay last season and has won one Challenger and one ITF clay tournament during his career. I like the upset in this one and see Pedja Krstin advancing in this one.
YTD Tennis Results: 46-33
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Results: 0-2
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Best Bets – April 8th
The men get the clay court swing underway this week with two tournaments in two different countries. The U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship is set to take place in Houston and the Grand Prix Hassan will get started in Morocco.
Steve Johnson returns to Houston as the #1 seed and will be looking to defend his championship from here last season. Rounding out the top four seeds are Jeremy Chardy, Cam Norrie and Reilly Opelka. Other notable entrants are Americans Sam Querrey and Taylor Fritz.
Five matches get the tournament started on Monday, so here are my two best bets for opening round action in the Lone Star state.
Pablo Cuevas (-175) vs Christian Garin (+125)
Pablo Cuevas played three clay tournaments during the South American swing, earlier this season, and made two semifinals, in Cordoba and Rio, and one quarterfinal in Buenos Aires. The veteran Argentine has won six ATP clay court titles, and eight Challenger clay events, since 2009. Last season was the first time since 2012 that Cuevas did not win a clay title and he will look to break that streak in Houston this week. Christian Garin is another clay court specialist who played in the South American clay swing and saw mixed results. He did make the final at Rio, but suffered second round defeats at both Buenos Aires and Rio. Garin went 38-14 on clay last season and won three Challenger events, so he will look to get his first ATP title in Houston this week. Both players have an equal shot at winning this one, but the veteran Cuevas advances.
Taylor Fritz (-164) vs Marcel Granollers-Pujol (+120)
Taylor Fritz won the Newport Beach Challenger event, at the end of January, and has not won a match since going 0-3 in official matches and losing an exhibition to Rafael Nadal. Fritz has never had much success on clay as he has gone 11-14 in career, but did go 6-5 last season. The young American will look to find some form against veteran Marcel Granollers-Pujol. The Spaniard has won three ATP clay events, and one Challenger, but has not won a clay event since 2013 Kitzbuhel. Granollers-Pujol has struggled on the dirt since 2013, going 47-58, and will look to find some form this week. Both players desperately need a nice run here and Fritz gets the win to start his clay season.
YTD Tennis Results: 43-30
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