ATP Internazionali BNL d'Italia Betting: Side with Simon on a rainy day in Rome

16May 2013

ATP Masters 1000


Sean Calvert enjoyed a comfortable winner yesterday, but with the weather set to take a turn for the worse in Rome he turns his attentions to the night match between  Roger Federer and Gilles Simon where he predicts a possible upset..


I said yesterday that Wednesday had the look of a tricky day's men's tennis betting at the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia and so it proved, but at least this column  came up with some winners.


My recommended bet of the day was a comfortable winner when Philipp Kohlschreiber destroyed Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-1 in around an hour-and-a-quarter but the real drama  was elsewhere.


My notes on the Andy Murray vs Marcel Granollers match revealed that I liked the Granollers +5.5 games on the handicap and that just about came in when bizarrely  Murray retired after winning the second set from 4-1 down.


Murray was clearly in trouble with his fitness and revealed afterwards that he's unlikely to play Roland Garros due to a lower back problem, but some punters will have  been burned by him quitting after winning the second set against the Spaniard who looked like he was never likely to serve it out himself.


Thursday's play and most probably Friday's too look they'll be severely affected by the weather and it seems to be the case that most of the matches won't be finished  - or even started - today.


The clear spell seems to be set for this evening when Roger Federer takes on Gilles Simon at 8pm UK time and if they stick to the schedule in Rome it may be the only  match that gets played today.


For me, the only way to go in this is to oppose Federer at 1.23, which is a price on reputation and he isn't living up to that at the moment.


Conditions won't be to Fed's liking with the damp, slow courts playing much more into the hands of the human backboard Simon, who's tactic will be to make a lot of  balls and wait for Federer's errors and it has worked before against the Swiss.


Simon has won two of their three completed matches and the one he lost went to five sets at the Australian Open a couple of years ago. They've never met before on clay  and Federer's poor record (by his standards) in Rome added to the slow conditions make him a sketchy wager at long odds on.


The Swiss has lost three times at short prices in his last four tournaments and the value lies with the Frenchman today for me.


The options are to lay Federer at 1.23 which could make a good start point to back him back later or stick with Simon or simply take the 1.92 about Gilles with a 4.5 game start on the handicap.


Recommended Bet

Back Simon +4.5 games to beat Federer at 1.92



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Keywords: ATP Internazionali BNL Italia, Simon, Rome

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