Men's French Open Betting: Improving Anderson in with a chance against clay prince Ferrer

2Jun 2013

Roland Garros


We've reached the fourth round stage of the 2013 French Open and in today's opening match tennis expert Sean Calvert believes that David Ferrer won't have things all his own way against Kevin Anderson..


Saturday at the French Open yielded one winner from my two recommended bets after a pulsating clash between Tommy Haas and John Isner and a damp squib of a match between Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov.


It looked at one stage that Haas was going to lose a match that he had an incredible 13 match points in and he had to save one of his own before finally overcoming the anti-tennis of Isner after more than four-and-a-half hours.


The second leg of my recommended double spent considerably less time on court as Philipp Kohlschreiber took Victor Hanescu apart in less than two hours.


And Grigor Dimitrov spent the same amount of time on court as his girlfriend Maria Sharapova in a tame three set loss to Djokovic, who learned of the death of his childhood coach yesterday and is said to be distraught.


On to Sunday then and the fourth round match between David Ferrer and Kevin Anderson may not be quite as easy for the Spaniard as the odds suggest, with Anderson playing some very good tennis on clay this year.


I highlighted the big South African as a potentially decent back-to-lay bet pre-tournament and if he can beat Ferrer today it will look like a superb piece of business.


It's not as unlikely as it sounds, given that Anderson defeated Ferrer on slow hard at Indian Wells in the spring and Ferrer hasn't reached the latter stage at Roland Garros as often as people assume.


Ferrer has only been past the third round once since 2008 and he can be susceptible to big hitters like Anderson here, as Gael Monfils, Robin Soderling and Jurgen Melzer have proven in the last few years.


Of course I would expect Ferrer to win this on clay, but 1.16 is way too short and I'm happy to lay the Spaniard for a 3-0 win in this one at around 1.90.


Another Spaniard who may not enjoy his day today is Tommy Robredo, who has been forced to come back from two sets behind in each of his last two rounds here this year and he's going to be fatigued today against an opponent he's lost to five times from five meetings.


Nicolas Almagro has been playing with a dodgy hip lately, but he's still been good enough to only have dropped one set so far in the tournament and a tired Robredo looks unlikely to extend Nico today.


Almagro should have enough about his game to cover a handicap of minus 5.5 games today and I'll be taking that wager on at around 1.8.


Recommended Bets

Lay Ferrer to beat Anderson 3-0 at 1.90

Back Almagro -5.5 games to beat Robredo at 1.8



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Keywords: French Open, Anderson, Ferrer

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