We’re back from Madrid after taking a few days off due to tricky looking cards. Thursday’s betting slate, however, looks quite enticing — with a few matches of note for us to chew the fat over.
Kicking off action at 6 a.m. ET, David Goffin will square off against Kyle Edmund — who is fresh off an upset win over Novak Djokovic. I distinctly remember watching a match between these two on clay a few years back in Davis Cup, where the Belgian stormed back from two sets to love down to defeat Edmund.
Clearly, Nice Guy Eddie has the tools required to beat Goffin on the dirt, which I think will end up being his best surface in a best-of-three. That said, I would need a little more value than +140 to back the Brit.
Later on, we find an all-Canadian contest featuring “Another game for Milos” Raonic and Denis Shapovalov. Raonic’s serve looked unhittable (at this altitude) against Dimitrov and he should take down his compatriot when fit, but too rich for my liking.
The John Isner-Pablo Cuevas match should be one of the most competitive of the day. I actually give a slight advantage to Cuevas, who has great control of his serve in these conditions and should edge Isner in any longer rallies. Though, in this type of match, it’ll likely come down to tiebreakers (coin flips) — for that reason, I’ll stay away. After all, you could also say the same about the conditions in Madrid aiding the serve of Big John.
While I didn’t see enough value with Edmund, Raonic and Cuevas — I did find enough in one Thursday clay clash, which brings us to our daily hitter.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (-125) vs. Kevin Anderson (+100)
Where: Madrid, Spain
When: Not before 7:30 a.m. ET
H2H: Anderson leads 2-0 (1 RET)
Well, your boy endured a nice edition of “The Morning Sickness” (the morning version of “The Night Sweats”) after backing Roberto Bautista-Agut as an underdog vs. Phil Kohlschreiber on Wednesday morning.
I don’t really feel like rehashing this morning’s trauma, but Bautista blew match points on Kohli’s serve at 5-3 up in the third set. He was then broken two consecutive time (after attempting to serve out the match) and lost the decider 5-7.