ATP Tennis-Zagreb Indoor Championships
Although the Australian Open is over, there are several smaller tournaments being played throughout the world.Â Today, I am focusing on the quarterfinals being played in Zagreb, Croatia.Â A lot of times there is great value in betting on these smaller tournaments.Â Here are two of my best bets in Croatia.
Richard Gasquet -225 vs. Michael Berrer +175
Richard Gasquet might finally get to strike a ball this week against Michael Berrer in the PBZ Zagreb Indoors quarterfinals on Friday. Gasquet has reached the last eight without even taking to the court. He had a first round bye as fourth seed and then was preparing to face Arnaud Clement but the veteran pulled out just before the match with a shoulder injury. It’s been easy prize money for Gasquet but in the context of the tournament it could work against him when he plays last year’s runner-up Michael Berrer on Friday. Berrer, the eighth seed, has looked very sharp, easing past two Croatian opponents without dropping a set. In contrast, Gasquet will be playing his first competitive match indoors in 2011 and he’s bound to be a little rusty. In contrast, Gasquet will be playing his first competitive match indoors in 2011 and he’s bound to be a little rusty. However my prediction is for Berrer to win in three sets.
Pick-Berrer in 3 Sets
Marin Cilic -210 vs. Florian Mayer +160
Marin Cilic hopes to continue his fine Zagreb record against Florian Mayer in Friday’s quarterfinals. Cilic recovered from a break down to defeat Igor Kunitsyn 7-6, 6-2 on Wednesday and move into the quarterfinals. Cilic has been so dominant in Zagreb over the past few years that he’s lost just one set in eleven matches. Once he found his groove against Kunitsyn he was in a similar vein of form, smashing down 10 aces. Mayer battled past Radek Stepanek 7-6, 6-3, in the second round though Stepanek had his chances, missing five break points. He’s a tricky opponent though his best results have come on slower surfaces. However as Cilic said, he was outplayed by the German 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 in the first round of Wimbledon last summer. Having said that, Cilic’s form looks to be on an upward curve at the moment and in front of his home supporters he should beat Mayer in three.
Pick- Cilic in 3 Sets