After the amazing serie of winning picks and the triumph of Grigor Dimitrov in Cincinnati it is time to go to the preparation tournament in Winston-Salem for the last major of the year - US Open. Now after the title, Grigor Dimitrov will be among the favourites for winning the title of US Open but before that we will concentrate our attention to the ATP tour 250 in Winston-Salem.
Unfortunately, lots of the best players are missing this tour as they need more time to rest and prepare for the US Open but still there are some quality and very interesting players like Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner, Pablo Carreno-Busta, Fernando Verdasco, Kyle Edmund and Ernests Gulbis. Actually, our first pick for the week will be exactly about the Latvian talent who is getting back from injury and started playing better and better. Opponent of Ernests Gulbis will be the veteran from Hungary - Marton Fucsovics who is one of the most difficult players for Gulbis as from their both head to head games, Gulbis achieved 2 losses.
We believe that now, everything will be different and for Gulbis will be easy job to crush Fucsovics ambitions for something on this tournament. Moreover, he is double better than the Hungarian and a straight sets win here is the most expected thing even according to the bookies. After all it will be a risky bet to go for 2-0 for Gulbis so we will go for a simple and clear win for the Latvian on perfect odds like 1.60.
As we can see yesterday Fabio Fognini did again another interesting game against the player Gombos. The Italian Rocket loses first set with huge game margin 6:1. But after all, Fognini was control his nervous and won the game in three sets.
We continue to follow the Italian Rocket and today he will face Ernests Gulbis for the fourth time. As we can see Gulbis dominate with victories over Fognini. The game is Quarterfinal in ATP Gstaad Switzerland. We also can say truly that Gulbis has a huge potential to be a top player if he wants to. 2-3 years ago he was completely outclassing each player, he was one of the most uncomfortable players for the big 20. Now he can win against anyone and he can lose by anyone. But each time we see him on odds around 1.90 or more it is a value bet to go and search him to win the game.
Now against Fabio Fognini, it will be a real battle. We really do not like Fognini, who is one of the nervous players in ATP. Ernests is able of playing on a high level for the whole game, moreover if the game continues in three sets. On clay, Gulbis is very good player, definitely better than the other courts' styles but it will be really hard against Fognini, who is thirsty for wins.
It has been an amazing first week of Roland Garros and now we are heading to the second week, where great and epic games are expecting us. The first game for the week, which we are going to follow is between David Goffin and Ernest Gulbis.
Surprisingly or not, Gulbis reached very easy this stage of the tournament after he had luck in each of the games he played, especially in the last game, when against him was the very strong French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and when Tsonga was leading 5-2 in the first set he dropped from the game due to an injury. On the other hand, his opponent David Goffin had a terrible games so far. In the last round he faced Nicolas Almagro and he was very close to be eliminated, but somehow at the end of the game he managed to win with 3-2 sets.
We do not believe that David Goffin is fully recovered from that game and he might feel a little bit tired. While Ernest Gulbis had enough days to rest and to show the world what he is capable of. If we abstract from this, we think that Gulbis is not a bad player and if he has a day he can win against anyone. Of course, win would be too optimistic here, so we will search Gulbis to take at least 2 sets.
After the thrilling win of Novak Djokovic in the Masters in Madrid, now there is another Masters this time in the Ancient city of Rome, Italy. We are going to follow the whole week, games only from this Masters, and it looks very promising as 95% of the top players are going to play in it.
The first game we are going to predict is between Ivo Karlovic and Ernest Gulbis. This is going to be an interesting game because both players are underachieving this year. They are not playing their best tennis in the past couple of months. Ivo Karlovic was injured for more than a month but this is something normal, he is 37 years old and this is normal for him not to be a factor anymore. Ernest Gulbis is a typical player who is on the princip ”if I have day I will win if not I will lose even if I am playing against world number 1000”.
In our opinion, this game is going to be long. Both players will try to dominate from service mainly and here we are expecting at least one tie-break. It will be really hard for Ivo Karlovic against Ernest Gulbis because Gulbis is playing usually fantastic against strong servers. But if the winner of the game is not that clear, we are more than sure that we are going to see one over games. The line surprisingly is just 23 games and we think that this line can be easily passed even in straight sets.
It is the first round of the ATP Munich. The game we are going to predict is between Ivan Dodig and Ernest Gulbis. We can say that Gulbis must finally come with the win because he is in a serie of 4 losses in a row.
He is a great talent and we really do not know why he is behaving like that. He is losing by anyone, even from the players who are not from his class. We also can say truly that Gulbis has a huge potential to be a top player if he wants to. 2-3 years ago he was completely outclassing each player, he was one of the most uncomfortable players for the big 10. Now he can win against anyone and he can lose by anyone. But each time we see him on odds like 2.00 or more it is a value bet to go and search him to win the game.
Now against Ivan Dodig it will be a real battle. We really like Ivan Dodig, who is one of the best Croatian players right now, but he is old enough. He is not capable of playing on a high level for the whole game, moreover if the game continues in three sets. On clay, Dodig is very good player, definitely better than the other courts styles but it will be really hard against Gulbis, who is thirsty for wins.