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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Tennis Picks 2014 (May 3rd)

The draw for the Madrid Masters was made on Friday and it has given us a number of top matches from the very beginning of the draw to look forward to next week, especially on the ATP side of the draw.

Before that, we have to see the tournaments this week concluded as the Semi Finals in the ATP events are scheduled to be played on Saturday and the Final of the main WTA event in Oeiras is also to be completed on this day before most head over to the Spanish capital.

Tommy Haas - 3.5 games v Martin Klizan: It has been an important week for both of these players, but I consider Tommy Haas the more likely to find his way through to the Final in Munich.

Martin Klizan has come through the qualifiers before the main draw run to the Semi Final, but that is a lot of tennis in his legs this week and he will be put under pressure by Haas as long as the latter is serving well.

I do respect the way Klizan can play at times, but I also have seen him lose his patience and his composure on the court and that is where Haas' quality will certainly shine. As well as Klizan has done to get to the Semi Final, Haas should prove a little too tough in a two set win where a break more should get the match done.

Fabio Fognini - 4.5 games v Jan-Lennard Struff: When I saw Jan-Lennard Struff play in Marseille earlier this season, I didn't think it would be long until he makes the main Tour as a regular player.

He has reached another Semi Final this week after coming through the qualifiers, but now he faces one of the more solid clay court players who is clearly feeling better on the court.

Fabio Fognini wasn't winning a game last time he was on the court and had to retire against Santiago Giraldo in Barcelona, but he seems to be over whatever issue he was having. He has looked very good all week and I think he has the defensive skills to frustrate Struff and force the mistakes that leads to a 64, 63 win.

The Italian can be an extremely frustrating player to watch, especially when he decides to play a little too flashy for the occasion, but he is also producing a lot of wins on the clay courts and I like him to do that here.

MY PICKS: Tommy Haas - 3.5 Games @ 2.05 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Fabio Fognini - 4.5 Games @ 2.00 Paddy Power (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 6-5, - 0.11 Units (21 Units Staked, - 0.01% Yield)

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