Day two of Queen’s Club sees the high rollers step into the breach, with Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal on court this afternoon.
As if this wasn’t exciting enough, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov will also be in action as he and Sam Querrey seek a conclusion to their match that was suspended last night.
With the score poised at one set apiece, there’s money to be made backing 2014’s winner getting bounced in the first round, which headlines our treble for the second day’s action.
All three of the superstars entering the fray are featured and a payday north of 13/1 can be attained if it lands.
Sam Querrey to beat Grigor Dimitrov @ 27/20
Powerful groundstrokes and deft touches at the net allowed the Bulgarian to sweep aside all those who stood in his way at Queen’s last term, but after dropping the first set against American Querrey, he’s in danger of early elimination.
Dimitrov’s return of nine wins and one loss from his ten grass court skirmishes 12 months ago saw him claim the first set on every occasion bar one.
Alexandr Dolgopolov was the only man to take an opening set from Maria Sharapova’s other half and subsequently took him all the way to five at Wimbledon before being overcome.
With the score poised at 1-1, Querrey needs only to win one set to advance after winning the first race to six games and, after unsettling Dimitrov in the opener, is worth a punt at such a weighty price.
Rafael Nadal to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-0 @ 31/50
Odds greater than 1/2 for Spain’s king of clay to oust the world’s 79th best tennis player on any surface without recourse to three sets is a very generous one.
Dolgopolov won the most recent of their six career meetings, but prior to this had endured five straight 2-0 defeats against this foe.
Nadal looks to be rediscovering some form on grass, beating four players who could all lay claim to be stronger than his forthcoming opponent – Viktor Troicki, Gael Monfils, Bernard Tomic and Marcos Baghdatis – to win the Stuttgart Open last weekend.
Andy Murray to win the first set 6-3 v Lu Yen-hsun @ 14/5
In order to lasso a decent profit on this meeting of mighty versus minnow, one must turn to the first set correct score betting.
Backing the opener to favour Murray in nine games looks to be the safest of the selection for the Scot has claimed three set victories by this margin across their trio of career meetings.
Two of these 6-3 wins came in the first set.
Yen-hsun has contested six sets this current grass court season and two have ended with the scoreboard projecting the numbers we’re looking for.