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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Rome Masters Tennis Picks 2017 (May 20th)

The rain finally arrived in a big way in Rome on Friday evening and the forecast is not that great on Saturday either, although we have got three of the four Semi Finals already in place.

I am not sure if all the matches will be completed on Saturday and I am mainly taking a watching brief anyway with the two WTA Premier Event Semi Finals close to call. However I am going to have a pick from the sole ATP Masters Semi Final which has been set that you can read below.


Alexander Zverev - 2.5 games v John Isner: There is a difference in the height from which the John Isner serve comes down from compared with the Milos Raonic one, but Alexander Zverev will have gotten some idea of what he is going to face in the Semi Final. The young German was a strong winner in the Quarter Final against Raonic and Zverev has two wins over John Isner on the hard courts in his career.

The clay courts should favour Zverev even more and I think he can complete the job that Marin Cilic should really have done on Friday. Cilic had the better of the last two sets against Isner, but the big serve bailed out the American and that is the weapon that can be a threat on any surface.

However Zverev is in fine form and, like Cilic, he has the long levers to get enough of the serves back in play and force Isner to win the point in the rallies. Isner has been playing well enough to do that in this match, but I think Zverev's experience of playing Raonic will mean he is focused and ready to win this match and move into a Masters Final.

Zverev looked after his serve well enough in the Quarter Final win over Raonic to think he won't give too much away to Isner and I will be looking for him to win a tie-breaker before finding the breaks of serve to come through the match. I am expecting Zverev to earn his way to a 7-6, 6-4 win and cover this number that Cilic barely missed out on on Friday.

MY PICKS: Alexander Zverev - 2.5 Games @ 1.80 William Hill (2 Units)

Rome Update: 16-10, + 9.34 Units (52 Units Staked, + 17.96% Yield)

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