• Online Now:
  • 0
  • Players
  • 0
  • Tournaments

Tuesday's tennis betting tips: In-form Tsitsipas can conquer Goffin again

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the new kid on the block after a sensational performance at the Rogers Cup in which he defeated four top-10 players.

The Greek youngster turned 20 on the day of the final which he lost to Rafael Nadal, a run which propelled him to 15th in the world rankings.

However, there is no time to rest on his laurels as Tsitsipas takes on 11th seed David Goffin in the opening round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Tuesday's tennis betting tips

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Tuesday's top match-ups

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs David Goffin

The temptation after such a brilliant run in Toronto is to oppose Tsitsipas, whose odds at the start of the week of 8/5 to beat Goffin for the second time inside two weeks have already shortened to 7/5.

Tsitsipas beat the world number 11 in straights sets in the Citi Open quarter-finals at the start of August to take a 2-1 lead in their head-to-head meetings.

The Greek lost to Alexander Zverev in the last four in Washington but avenged that defeat by saving two match points in coming back from a set and 5-2 down to win 3-6 7-6 (13-11) 6-4 in last week's quarter-final in Canada.

Tsitsipas may be tired but he has youth on his side and suggested after his defeat by Nadal that he has no intention of letting up.

He said: "[I need to} work more hours and become stronger and a more solid baseliner, and withstand pressures, physical pressures on the court that to him (Nadal) it just seems like nothing special. That's the big difference between my game and his game.

"I'm really hungry for more. I believe I can achieve much more this year... although I lost today, I feel like I can still beat good players. I really want to make more points this year and get the best out of me."

Until he cracks, we're sticking with Tsitsipas in the first of our free tennis tips.

Hyeon Chung vs Jack Sock

Shock Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung is fit again after missing the French Open with an ankle injury.

The South Korean played in Atlanta and Washington but won just one match at both tournaments.

Losing to Ryan Harrison and Alex de Minaur, players outside the world's top 50, may not sound ideal preparation but his opponent Sock has not won a match since May.

Sock goes into the match as a slight underdog at 6/5 despite losing seven matches in a row, so the best play in this match looks to be in the first-set outcome.

Half of the American's last six matches have gone to tie-breaks - two of which he won - and the same is true for two of Chung's last three encounters. The next of our tennis predictions is for Sock to take the first set 7-6 at 11/1.

Nick Kyrgios vs Denis Kudla

Kyrgios' inconsistency gave us a 13/10 winner when he lost to Stan Wawrinka in Toronto and we fancy another possible upset when he takes on Denis Kudla in the opening round on Tuesday.

Kudla came through two qualifiers to reach the main draw which included a 6-3 6-1 victory against third seed Malek Jaziri.

The 25-year-old American followed up a great run to the semi-finals in Halle by defeating Karen Khachanov and world number 16 Lucas Pouille, who beat Andy Murray on Monday, en route to the quarter-finals in Washington.

There's no question Kyrgios is the more talented of the two and he beat Dudla three years ago in Indian Wells, but we're not convinced that the Aussie is fully recovered from his hip injury so we're siding with the underdog at 19/4 to win 2-1.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

After being beaten on the day of his 20th birthday in the ATP Toronto final by Rafael Nadal, it would be no surprise to see Stefanos Tsitsipas suffering from a hangover here. Possibly in more ways than one. David Goffin should take advantage of that.

Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Tennis