Friday's tennis betting tips: Goerges can end Bouchard run in Luxembourg
We had more success on Thursday when two of our three tennis tips proved on the money once again.
Kyle Edmund dropped just two games in defeating Albert Ramos Vinolas in straight sets as predicted at 8/13 and our best tip also came at the European Open where Gael Monfils overcame fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 2-1 at 11/4.
We have examined the tennis odds for Friday and picked out three more tips from the ATP and WTA Tours, starting with one of the women's semi-finals at the Luxembourg Open.
Friday's tennis betting tips
Here are our tennis predictions for today:
- Goerges to beat Bouchard 2-0 23/20
- Simon to beat Schwartzman 2-1 29/10
- Gasquet v Struff over 23.5 games 1/1
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Julia Goerges vs Eugenie Bouchard
Canadian qualifier Bouchard reached only her second semi-final of the year on Thursday when the resurgent but injury-prone Andrea Petkovic was forced to retire with a calf problem during the second set.
Bouchard's form has been such that she has slipped out of the world's top 100 but she has also been hampered by injuries this season and although she admits coming through the qualifiers has been "hard" she is not complaining.
She said: "Matches is what I need right now. I've missed a couple of months here and there because of injury, and I did some good training before coming here. This is exactly what I wanted, matches. I can't ask for anything more."
However, we think this is where her tournament ends as she faces top seed Goerges for the second time since their French Open meeting four years ago when Bouchard won in three sets.
That year, Bouchard reached a career-high ranking of fifth but she is nowhere near that level these days and we expect top seed Goerges to win in straight sets at 23/20.
This year's Wimbledon semi-finalist broke into the world's top 10 this year where she remains and despite being tested by Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals, the German should have too much class for her opponent.
Gilles Simon vs Diego Schwartzman
Over in Antwerp, world number 17 Schwartzman looks a big price at 27/20 to overcome Simon, but the Argentinian has been far too inconsistent lately and needed every ounce of his reserves to overcome Britain's Cameron Norrie in three tight sets on Thursday.
Second seed Schwartzman has played one round fewer than Simon and yet has played eight games more than the in-form Frenchman, who has coasted through both of his matches.
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Simon recently won the Metz title for the third time and has dropped just six games here in beating qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky and Mackenzie McDonald.
Schwartzman won the only previous meeting 7-6 6-1 at Winston-Salem two years ago but prior to Antwerp had lost the first match in three of his last four tournaments.
We can't ignore Schwartzman's win from 2016 nor his superior ranking, so Simon to win in three at 29/10 is the second of our free tennis tips.
Richard Gasquet vs Jan-Lennard Struff
Struff has been a good friend to this column with his performances in Antwerp where he has beaten Constant Lestienne in straight sets at 11/10 and Feliciano Lopez in three at 14/5 so it's hard to resist going in with the German again in the quarter-finals.
However, he has a tough opponent today in the shape of Gasquet who won this tournament two years ago and in the summer won the 15th title of his career at s-Hertogenbosch.
The 33-year-old Frenchman received a first-round bye as the fourth seed and was given a stern examination by Jiri Vesely on Thursday in a 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory.
Although Gasquet is the 4/7 favourite and beat Struff 6-2 6-4 at the same stage of this tournament en route to the title in 2016, this should be much closer, so the last of our tennis predictions is for over 23.5 games at 1/1.
Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor
Antwerp has reached the quarter final stage where Gasquet faces German Struff. The pair met at the same point in this tournament two years ago when Gasquet prevailed on his way to winning the title. Both men are having solid enough seasons, with Gasquet winning one tournament and Struff making a hardcourt final in Sydney earlier in the year. Both men will be reliant on their strong service games and break points will most likely be scarce. However, we feel the Frenchman's overall game is stronger and expect a repeat of the score from the two years ago. Gasquet to win 2-0.
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