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Friday, 14 June 2013

Tennis Picks 2013 (June 14th)

The rain has really affected the the two tournaments that are being played in England, but all of the tournaments are on schedule to conclude at the right time this Sunday. We have reached the Quarter Final stage in Birmingham, London and Halle, while the Semi Finals will be played at Nuremberg, the only main level tournament that is being played on the clay this week.

Yesterday, the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray had to do some double duty on the centre court at Queens and both have made their way through to the Quarter Finals- both of those players are very effective on the grass courts, while Juan Martin Del Potro is also feeling a lot more comfortable on this surface these days compared with earlier in his career.

Philipp Kohlschreiber - 3.5 games v Mikhail Youzhny: Philipp Kohlschreiber has enjoyed considerable success at his home grass court tournament in the past and he has the game that is perfectly suited to this surface.

The match up in the Quarter Final looks tailor made for Kohlschreiber as he takes on Mikhail Youzhny, a player that he has beaten in 7 of their previous 8 meetings, although this is the first time they have met on a grass court.

Youzhny is another player that is capable of playing on the grass, but his opponent is a little stronger in all aspects of the game and I can understand why the German has such a good record against him. Both of these players enjoyed very good times on the grass court last season, but I can see the stronger Kohlschreiber serve being the difference in a 64 64 win for the home favourite.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 4.5 games v Denis Kudla: Denis Kudla has been one of the surprise packages this week and may have done enough to crack the top 100 after securing a couple of surprise wins to reach this Quarter Final.

However, that is where the run could come to an end as he faces one of the best grass court players in the Men's game in the form of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and I do think the Frenchman will have enough in his locker to win this one a little more comfortably than the layers think.

We know Tsonga has got a big game that is perfectly suited to this surface, while the suggestion is that Kudla was not really expected to have been as comfortable on the grass as he has been this week. Last week, Kudla won just three games as he was dismissed by Dudi Sela in Nottingham and I think it is asking a lot for the American to keep up with Tsonga as long as the latter isn't overly tired from his two matches played on Thursday.

It won't be easy, but I think Tsonga finds a way to win this Quarter Final 64 63.

Madison Keys v Magdalena Rybarikova: Madison Keys has shown some very good form this week and I do think the young American has a lot of potential and could easily be a seeded player by the time the US Open comes around.

Keys has come through a couple of tough matches this week and was then far too good for Mona Barthel and she has the serve that could earn her enough cheap points to make her a dangerous unseeded player at Wimbledon in a couple of weeks.

Magdalena Rybarikova has also been performing well this week, but I do think Keys has a lot more upside and I think she can find an easier way to hold serve to lead her to a win in this pick 'em match. It might go to three sets, but I think Keys will find a way to book her place in the Semi Final.

MY PICKS: Philipp Kohlschreiber - 3.5 Games @ 2.15 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 4.5 Games @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Madison Keys @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 3-4, - 2.50 Units (14 Units Staked, - 17.86% Yield)

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