2019 ATP French Open Round 2 Betting Preview: Can American Taylor Fritz Advance?
USTA. Pictured: Taylor Fritz
- Round two of the 2019 French Open begins Wednesday at 5 a.m. ET, so get your bets in early!
- The best ATP bets for Wednesday and Thursday includes one French favorite and three moneyline underdogs.
The first round of the 2019 French Open was relatively chalky on the ATP side, with only five seeded players (Nikoloz Basilashvili, Marco Cecchinato, Daniil Medvedev, Denis Shapovalov, and Frances Tiafoe) dropping their opening matches.
The Round 2 slate kicked off early Wednesday and will continue on Thursday. The Wednesday wagers didn’t go so well, so we’ll try to bounce back on Thursday with two matches.
Martin Kližan vs. Lucas Pouille
Thursday, 9:50 a.m. ET
Kližan was my only ATP pick on Tuesday, and he pulled out the win in a crazy five-set match over Mikhail Kukushkin (3-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3) where Kližan dropped the first two games of the fifth set after storming back from down two sets.
He ultimately dictated the play, with 56 winners and 62 unforced errors (37 and 34 for Kukushkin), and succeeded once he started moving forward later in the match (26/34 net points won).
Pouille is the higher-ranked player, is coming off of a semi-final appearance at the Australian Open, and has made it to the third round in his past two French Open appearances.
But Kližan has better stats on clay; a 4.7% advantage on serve, and an 8% advantage on the return.
Pouille is 1-7 in tour matches since the Australian Open, though he did recently win an ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux by beating up on four players ranked above 150.
This should be a much closer match than the odds would indicate, especially with Kližan riding high on confidence after a significant comeback effort.
The Pick: Martin Kližan (+168)
Taylor Fritz vs. Roberto Bautista Agut
Thursday, 10:20 a.m. ET