The grass court season continues with a couple of tournaments in Halle, Germany, and at the Queen’s Club in London, UK, starting from Monday, June 17, 2019. In the next seven days, we’ll see some of the best players in the world in action including Roger Federer who will search for his 10th trophy in Halle.
Federer will open against the Australian John Millman on Tuesday, and he’s a massive -1200 (1.08) fave. The second-seeded Alexander Zverev will start his journey as a -600 (1.16) favorite against Robin Haase on Monday, while the third-seeded Karen Khachanov will also take the court Monday afternoon.
Khachanov is listed as a -500 (1.20) fave against the World No. 63 Damir Dzumhur, and it could a tricky match for the Russian top-ranked player. Dzumhur has one title on grass, winning the Antalya Open in 2018, while Khachanov has never played at the highest level on grass.
Last week, Khachanov lost to Matteo Berrettini in two sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Open, while Dzumhur will have his season debut on the grass court in Halle. Dzumhur defeated Khachanov in three sets in their only H2H duel back in 2016, and he should make this match interesting to watch.
The line on the total games has been set at 21.5, and picking the over seems like a nice option. I suggest the alternative line at 20.5 games with the over at -150 (1.66) odds.
The competition at the Queen’s Club in London is arguably tougher than the one in Halle with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kevin Anderson, Daniil Medvedev, Stan Wawrinka, and Juan Martin del Potro all in a draw. The defending champion Marin Cilic opens Monday afternoon as a -334 (1.30) favorite against the World No. 32 Cristian Garin.
Cilic is the World No. 15 at the moment, and he’s having a disappointing season, winning just nine of his 17 matches. However, Cilic is the most dangerous on the grass court. He’s a former Wimbledon finalist with a 66-27 record on grass in career.
On the other side, Garin has a 22-9 record this season, but the Chilean prefers a clay court. Garin has an 8-3 record on grass, but six of these eight wins came in qualifying rounds for Wimbledon.
These two guys have never met before, and considering the current form, Cilic will have a difficult task to eliminate Garin. Still, Cilic possesses big serve and his style of play suits grass court, so I’m backing him at -120 (1.83) to win in two sets.