US Open Round 2: Basilashvili Could Take Advantage of Weary Sock4 min read
After landing three winners from four completed bets in round one, Andy Schooler is back to preview the second round of the US Open.
Many players, including Novak Djokovic, struggled with the hot and humid conditions on Tuesday and the predictions of the experts suggest things will be even tougher 24 hours on.
It is worth taking this into consideration when placing your bets.
Match of the round
Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco (Wednesday)
Murray has played down his chances after such a long spell out and little in the handful of matches he’s played to really suggest he’ll be able to challenge the best players. Murray dropped a set to James Duckworth in round one and Verdasco should test him too. The Spaniard has already been backed in for victory but my concern is his woeful 1-13 record against Murray. If you are having a bet, over games is probably the way to go as Murray is sure to give his all. However, both the conditions and Verdasco’s lack of reliability mean it’s only a tentative recommendation.
Bet: Over 39.5 games at
Best of the rest
Jack Sock v Nikoloz Basilashvili (Wednesday)
Sock ended his miserable losing run on Monday but seems unlikely to get everything his own way against Basilashvili. Sock’s durability in heat and humidity has often been poor and I would not be at all surprised were he to fold if he gets behind – the match is being played at night but it’s still going to be above 30C. He’s never faced the Georgian before so won’t know exactly what to expect and Basilashvili’s aggression may well rush the American. The first set will clearly be crucial to his bet but backing the underdog to win in straight sets looks worth a go at a tasty price.
Basilashvili to win 3-0 at
John Isner v Nicolas Jarry (Wednesday)
Isner’s fearsome serve is well known but Jarry is no mug with the balls in his hands and a first-set tie-break could easily be on the cards. Suggesting such is hardly superb inside knowledge but 6/5 looks fair. Isner has played a first-set tie-break in 20 of his 42 matches this year and his poor return game will only be increased by the fact he’s yet to face Jarry’s delivery in his career.
Tie-break in first set at
Matt Ebden v Philipp Kohlschreiber (Thursday)
Kohlschreiber has struggled for form of late and while he ended a losing run in the first round here, he’s looking short at 1/2 for victory in this one. Both men played well past the three-hour mark in Tuesday’s heat but with Kohli now 34, his powers of recovery may not be great. Aussie Ebden, on the other hand, has plenty of experience training in the searing heat. He made the semis in Atlanta a few weeks ago, beat Kohlschreiber on grass earlier this year and looks capable of a repeat.
Ebden to win at