Tennis betting tips: Cecchinato can upset home hope in Buenos Aires
Reilly Opelka saved six match points in a second-set tie-break to beat John Isner in a record-breaking semi-final to give us a 17/10 winning tip which came on the back of Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori going to three sets as predicted at 6/4.
We start Sunday's tennis predictions at the Argentina Open where Marco Cecchinato takes on Diego Schwartzman.
Sunday's tennis betting tips
Here are our tennis predictions for today:
- Cecchinato to beat Schwartzman 27/20
- Wawrinka vs Monfils three sets 13/10
- Opelka to beat Schnur 2-0 7/5
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Diego Schwartzman vs Marco Cecchinato
Schwartzman plays Cecchinato for the first time at main-tour level having saved a match point in the deciding-set tie-break to beat top seed Dominic Thiem in the semi-final.
It was a remarkable performance from the diminutive Argentinian who began the tournament with a 5-5 record in Buenos Aires, but starts the championship match as the 6/10 favourite.
Cecchinato, last year's surprising French Open semi-finalist, had a much simpler route to the final thanks to a 6-4 6-2 victory over Guido Pella during which the third-seeded Italian did not face a single break point.
The world number 18 won a couple of clay-court titles in Budapest and Umag last year, and the fact he spent just 69 minutes on courts may give him the advantage against the fourth seed.
Despite being eliminated in the first round in his last three tournaments, Cecchinato is back on his favourite surface and looks decent value at 27/20.
Stan Wawrinka vs Gael Monfils
Wawrinka is on the brink of a first title since May 2017 and competes in his first final since undergoing two knee operations in August of that year.
Standing in his way is close friend Monfils, who ended our hopes of a clean sweep on Saturday with a superb comeback victory over in-form Daniil Medvedev - sweet revenge for the French star who was well beaten by the Russian in the semi-finals of last week's Sofia Open.
Stan Wawrinka played as in his best days on Saturday night. 👌-- ABN AMRO WTT (@abnamrowtt) February 16, 2019
"It's really special because it is my first final since my surgery" 😷 pic.twitter.com/TJvsYGagik
Both players would prove to be popular champions but picking a winner here is difficult with Wawrinka leading 3-2 in the head to head although only one of their matches has come in the last eight years - and even that came on clay at the 2017 French Open which the Swiss won in straight sets.
Monfils won the only match to be played on indoor hard in Valencia eight years ago, also in straight sets, so a close match looks in prospect.
The two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist has gone the distance twice in Rotterdam this week and another three-setter looks on the cards at 13/10 in the second of our tennis betting tips.
Reilly Opelka vs Brayden Schnur
The New York Open has two first-time finalists in action as Opelka takes on Canadian qualifier Schnur.
Records tumbled in Opelka's victory over top seed John Isner in the semi-finals during which the pair produced a combined 81 aces, the highest number for a three-set match and we should be in for another big-serving battle in the final.
Opelka said: "Brayden has a really good serve, so if I play like I have been, it could be a similar scoreline to today. It's going to be a tough one."
Schnur, the world number 154, saved five set points in the opening set against Sam Querrey on his way to a 7-6 4-6 6-3 victory but we suspect this is where the fairytale ends.
Opelka won 91% of his first-serve points and saved his only break point against Isner, who later said: "Both of us were serving ridiculously well, so it was always going to come down to that. Essentially, heads I win, tails I lose, and it landed on tails."
Schnur is going to have to play out of his skin just to get the chance to break the 6ft 11in American who gets our vote to win in straight sets at 7/5.
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