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Today’s tennis betting tips: Tuesday 20 October
Indoor tennis tournaments continue across Europe as the tennis season works out its final month and the events in Cologne, Antwerp and Ostrava really get going in earnest on Tuesday with top players and seeds taking to the courts.
The second of back-to-back 250s in Cologne, the bett1HULKS Championships sees Alexander Zverev going for his second ATP title on native soil in two weeks. In Antwerp at the European Open, Dan Evans represents the Brits with no defending champion Andy Murray in the field; ‘Evo’ plays his first match on Tuesday with eighth seed Alex de Minaur and former world no. 4 Kei Nishikori also taking to the courts.
In Ostrava, where the WTA’s penultimate tournament of 2020 is taking place on indoor hard courts, teenage sensation Coco Gauff and US Open semifinalist Jennifer Brady are among the competitors facing intriguing clashes.
Here are our selections for Tuesday 20 October.
Kei Nishikori vs Pablo Andujar, ATP Antwerp R1, 2pm local/1pm BST – Andujar +4.5 games
Under ‘normal’ circumstances this would be a match which you would back Nishikori to win in one-sided fashion: He is clearly the superior all-round player and has not lost a set in three previous hard-court matches against Andujar, with only one of them going past 5-5.
Nishikori leads the overall head-to-head 4-1 and could well improve to 5-1 vs Andujar on Tuesday, but Andujar should be able to make it close. Nishikori, after all, has played just six matches since last year’s US Open, all of them on clay, as he tries to bounce back from an extended injury break. Andujar, meanwhile, while self-evidently much more of a clay-courter, has played 25 matches in 2020 and that factor should be enough to help him keep it close against the Japanese player in Antwerp.
Donna Vekic vs Veronika Kudermetova (Q), WTA Ostrava R1, 12pm local/11am BST – Over 21.5 games
The market clearly expects a close clash here between the big-serving Vekic and qualifier Kudermetova, and I have to agree. Although their only WTA Tour-level clash lasted 19 games, their first meeting lasted 36.
Croatia’s Vekic has been a runner-up in St Petersburg (which is where she beat Kudermetova in both their meetings, actually) and is a good indoor player, where there is no wind to disturb her high ball-toss and throw off the serve which is the crux of her game. But she’s been on poor form recently and comes into this one on a three-match losing streak.
Kudermetova also had a poor clay season, but unlike Vekic she has already made a good transition to indoor hard courts by coming through qualifying in Ostrava and should be able to make this very close.
Jennifer Brady vs Dayana Yastremska, WTA Ostrava R1, 2.30pm local/1.30pm BST – Brady -2.5 games
Another slightly unpredictable clash in Ostrava and a first meeting between two women separated by only three places in the rankings.
It’s a match in which US Open semifinalist Brady is the favourite for me, despite traditionally playing her best on outdoor hard courts – something we saw her do again this August when she won Lexington and made the final four in New York. But we haven’t seen much of the new-and-improved Brady in 2020 – fitter, happier and more productive on serve – on indoor hard courts yet and there’s no reason she shouldn’t overwhelm on them as she did in the USA.
Yastremska is an interesting case; Adelaide runner-up in January, the Ukrainian seems a bit lost since splitting from Sascha Baijin, and I’m not sure she’s going to have the answers to Brady’s big power game.
Alex de Minaur (8) vs Richard Gasquet, ATP Antwerp R1, 6.30pm local/5.30pm BST – 3 sets
Australia’s ‘Demon’ beat Gasquet, now firmly on the downslope of his career, in four sets at the US Open and this rematch on indoor hard courts at the European Open could be similarly close.
De Minaur went 0-2 on clay after his US Open quarterfinal run, but a return to hard courts should be a good thing for the pocket rocket who has had some excellent wins on indoor hard and was runner-up to Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors in Basel last autumn.
Gasquet, as already acknowledged, is no longer the player he once was but he pushed Daniil Medvedev to three sets on indoor hard courts in St Petersburg last week and should be equally capable of taking a set from de Minaur as he did in New York.
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