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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Tennis Picks July 20th ATP Atlanta

As I mentioned in my Hamburg post, I have separated the Atlanta picks because the late released schedule and the bookmakers releasing prices later than usual.

Now on to the Picks:

Double; John Isner vs James Blake and Yen-Hsun Lu vs Marinko Matosevic: Both of these players are the favourites to come through their individual matches and should be able to do so.

John Isner will get a lot of support from the locals considering he was a University of Georgia student. He faces a tough match against James Blake, a player that has been playing better of late, but Isner will hold the edge if he can serve well.

That will put pressure on Blake's serve and we saw against Ernests Gulbis in the last Round that he can lose concentration on his own serve.

Isner has not had the best of seasons but will look to move forward during this hard court Summer swing and reached the Final here last year.

Yen-Hsun Lu is a decent hard court player although he has not had a very good season so far. He served well in his win in the 1st Round and a similar performance should be good enough to see off Marinko Matosevic.

Matosevic's win over Igor Kunitsyn in the last Round was his first on the main tour this season after losing 6 straight matches. He does play the majority of his matches on hard courts, but in the lower levels of the tour and could find himself slightly overmatched in this match.

Gilles Muller - 2 games vs Robby Ginepri: Gilles Muller served very well in the last Round when beating Alex Bogomolov and will feel confident he can overturn his 1-2 head to head record against Robby Ginepri, although their last match was in 2005.

Muller's game is perfectly suited to the faster surfaces and he has been playing well of late. The Luxembourg Number 1 is moving up the rankings and a win here could see him take another leap forward. The majority of his matches have been outside of the main tour events but he is 7-3 in main tour level matches this season.

Robby Ginepri has recently returned to competitive tennis and this will only be his 6th match since September 2010. He did beat Tommy Haas in the last Round, but that was a match between two players making comebacks and this is an altogether different test.

Muller should do enough to win this match and I expect to see him move on to the Quarter Finals.

MY PICKS: Double; John Isner and Yen-Hsun Lu @ 2.36 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Gilles Muller - 2 games @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)

WEEKLY UPDATE: + 1.26 Units (Last updated after all matches completed on 19th July)

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