PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby undertherobe » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:14 pm

Welcome to the player of the week thread for the week commencing Monday June 12th as we move into the short but exciting grass court season

Events this week
June 12th - June 18th ATP Stuttgart (Grass) - ATP 250
June 12th - June 18th ATP s-Hertogenbosch (Grass) - ATP 250
June 12th - June 18th WTA s-Hertogenbosch (Grass) - WTA International
June 12th - June 18th WTA Nottingham (Grass) - WTA International



Please add the player you think will win either of these events along with 50-100 words of reasoning and the odds/bookmaker. Back to normal this week so just ONE entry per member please.

Feel free to discuss multiple players & individual matches

The points scoring for this week is as follows:

If your player wins: 40 points
If your player finishes runner-up: 20 points
If your player loses in the semi-finals: 10 points
If you players loses in the quarter-finals: 5 points

A player's score will be doubled if their POTW selection is priced at 8/1 or over.

Good luck everyone :win:

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby titans choice » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:21 am

Thinking of doing Gilles Muller to defend his title at Hertogenbosch as he has a good record there winning last year and making it to the semi-final the year before but i can not find any odds for the outright winner of that tournament is it ok if i post it tomorrow as he has a bye in the first round.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby The rabbit » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:13 pm

WTA Hertogenbosch

Anett Kontaveit 10/1 went out in the early rounds of the French Open so she will not be suffering from any fatigue. She has played well in recent months without winning an event as she reached the final in Biel and the quarter finals in Stuttgard and in Rome where she was beaten by Simona Halep. She is in good form and has defeated some decent players this year ( Kerber, Petkovic, Lucic ). Grass is probably not her ideal surface but she has won an ITF event on it ( Eastbourne ) and this event does not look that competitive.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby undertherobe » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:23 pm

Thinking of doing Gilles Muller to defend his title at Hertogenbosch as he has a good record there winning last year and making it to the semi-final the year before but i can not find any odds for the outright winner of that tournament is it ok if i post it tomorrow as he has a bye in the first round.
Muller is 9/1 with Betfred

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby undertherobe » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:30 pm

These grass court warm up events play a lot quicker than the grass at Wimbledon and the more traditional serve volleyers are well suited to the conditions.

Nicolas Mahut finds himself seeded 7th in Holland and in the bottom half of the draw, has managed to avoid the big hitters in Cilic & Karlovic. Wimbledon is his best Grand Slam and all 6 of his tour finals have come on grass, winning this event in 2013, 2015 & 2016. He has a 63-35 career record on grass and although he's a doubles specialist, those skills are easily transferable onto grass. He's 10/1 with Totesport

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby titans choice » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:29 pm

Gilles Muller 9/1
I am picking Gilles Muller in this event as he has done well in this before playing here 3 times and he made the quarter-finals in 2012 the semi-finals in 2015 and he made the final last year.He played in 5 grass tournaments last year he lost 2 finals last year at Newport against Ivo Karlovic and here against Mahut Nicholas he made it to the semi-finals at Nottingham.He made it to the Quarter-finals at Queens and he went out in the 2nd round at Wimbledon.So he played a total of 18 times on grass last season winning 13 and losing 5.He is drawn in the bottom half of the draw with A.Zverev and these 2 players have played just once and Muller won it but it was on a hard court.The other seeded player in his section is Bedene and these 2 players have played just once and Muller has won it but it was played on a hard court indoors.He also has a bye in the first round and i would expect him to face Andreas Seppi in the round 16 and Seppi has played here 2 times losing in the first round last year and the year before he lost in the last 16 and he played 10 times on grass last year winning 6 and losing 4 so he does not have a great record here or on grass.So i think that Muller should be able to beat him and i do not think Bedene will beat him either but i do think he might find it difficult against A.Zverev but he has beaten him before so he can do it again and make it to the final again at this event.
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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby rustie » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:29 am

Not to be antagonistic but Muller lost in the final last year to Mahut 6-4 6-4.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby titans choice » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:15 am

Not to be antagonistic but Muller lost in the final last year to Mahut 6-4 6-4.
Thank you you are correct he lost it 6-4 6-4 i do apologise

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby aeclubwoi555 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:57 am

Not to be antagonistic but Muller lost in the final last year to Mahut 6-4 6-4.
Thank you you are correct he lost it 6-4 6-4 i do apologise
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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby rustie » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:20 pm

Not to be antagonistic but Muller lost in the final last year to Mahut 6-4 6-4.
Thank you you are correct he lost it 6-4 6-4 i do apologise
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Mahut has an excellent record here, winning three times so he's an attractive option at 10s and I'll be backing him E/W in my tips but my pick for the tournament is...

Ivo Karlovic @6.5

Big Ivo has a serve which can be almost unbreakable on this surface against most players and he didn't go broken in any of his three matches here last year despite losing to Muller in the SF.

He won his first title in Newport on grass (against Muller) not long after that and I think he should make the SF stage at a minimum again considering he has a first round bye.

Cilic could be his opponent at this stage and he beat Cilic in straight sets on the speedy courts of Toronto last year without conceding a break point so I'd give him a big chance on this surface.

If it goes with seed and Alex Zverev is in the final then it'll be a first meeting and that benefits Karlovic for me but I think it's more likely to be Mahut who has won this event in three of the last four years and although the two veterans haven't met in 8 years, it's Karlovic who leads the head to head 3-0 including a couple of grass victories.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby titans choice » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:16 pm

Interesting match for the British number 2 player Heather Watson tomorrow against Alison Riske who lost the final here to Karolina Pliskova in straight sets last year and she made it to the semi-finals the year before.But these 2 players have played each other 2 times and Watson has won them both but neither was on grass but she also comes into this after making the final of her last tournament at Surbiton so i think she has a chance of causing a upset in this but Riske's previous record here is a concern.

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Re: PLAYER OF THE WEEK - WEEK FIVE w/c Mon June 12th

Postby rustie » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:42 am

I think there's three great value picks out there for tomorrow.

Basilashvili @2.2 to beat Golowczyk

Basilasvili is far higher in the rankings and has had a largely excellent year and he can hit through a lot of players. The only question mark for me is how much that obliteration he was handed by Nadal in Paris will affect him but otherwise, I expect him to win.

Escobedo @2.75 to beat Chung

This is less likely and there's not much I can say to back it up with both players so early in their careers but I do think the American is good value. I think in terms of a match up that Chung's game should not really work that well on grass whereas Escobedo has a good serve and power off both wings. Chung didn't play on grass last year as well so may need an adjustment period.

Herbert 2.02 to beat Haas

I guess this one depends on how much you believe in fairytales. Logically, 26 year old Herbert to beat woefully out of form 39 year old Haas is excellent value to me. Herbert's game translates very well to grass and it really is in his hands, in my opinion.



I'll be having a flutter on those three as well as Tipsarevic over Sugita whilst I might have a look on Kokkinakis over Youzhny as well.

My 8 fold acca won yesterday at 20/1. It'll be more difficult today but I've gone for:

Kuznetsov (Janowicz)
Basilashvili (Gojowczyk)
Troicki (Paire)
Lopez (Simon)
Escobedo (Chung)
Mannarino (Donaldson)
Lu (Donskoy)
Brown (Kozlov)

60/1

Good luck, all!

P.S. Watson looks good value. Didn't Watson win Hobart in her last meeting with Riske though? I don't think she's in the same sort of form at the moment despite her run at Surbiton and she might be a bit fatigued as well.

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