The first round of the ATP tournaments in Halle and at the Queen’s Club continues Tuesday, June 18, 2019, with 20 matches in the total on schedule. It means plenty of markets to choose from, but the vast majority of those matches are quite unpredictable while some offer unattractive odds. Hereof, we’ll take a two-match parlay with the odds at -115 (1.86).
At the Queen’s Club, the top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas will have a tricky task in the opening round, meeting the British top-ranked player Kyle Edmund. Still, Edmund has been struggling with a knee injury lately and had to withdraw from the French Open. Also, Kyle won just six of his 16 matches in 2019, while he has a poor 8-16 record on grass in his career.
On the other side, Tsitsipas won 32 of his 45 matches this season and six of his 11 outings on grass in a career. The Greek is already the World No. 6 and should be eager to bounce back following a first-round exit in Stuttgart last week. Although Edmund is playing in front of the home audience, I’m backing Tsitsipas to win this one at -250 (1.40) odds.
In Halle, the sixth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili meets Matteo Berrettini who’s listed as a strong -300 (1.33) fave. Basilashvili has never been a fan of the fastest surface, and the World No. 17 has an 11-16 record on grass in his career including qualifying rounds.
Nikoloz lost to Marton Fucsovics in the first round of the Stuttgart Open (outdoor/grass) last week, while Matteo Berrettini won the title in Stuttgart without losing a set in five matches. It should be a huge boost for Matteo who’s reached his career-high No. 22 at the ATP Rankings.
Berrettini possesses a great serve which is essential on the grass court. Basilashvili won two of three head-to-head duels, but I think Berrettini will carry the momentum into this one and satisfy the odds.