A US Open Hangover?
Well after an incredible tournament in New York we head over to the beautiful Metz for the Moselle Open. This is a very competitive open as is shown n the statistics. An event which has had 9 different winners in the last 10 years. Big names featured this week include Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Gael Monfils, two household French names who have both won this tournament previously and who both had an exceptional time in the states, particularly Monfils who showed everyone, finally, what he is truly capable of. However the US Open has shown that time and time again tennis throws out incredible surprises and the fortnight after in Europe is also no exception where shocks could be replicated here. On an indoor hard court, with speed and bounce it will again favour the hard hitting players and it will be a test of stamina for some after a long US Open campagin. More than skill this could boil down to who wants it most.
Jo Wilfred Tsonga
The no.1 seed will be looking forward to bouncing back after an arguably disappointing US Open slumping out to a sluggish Andy Murray in only the fourth round. However he showed how incredible he can play in Toronto, and here at The Betting Agency we fully expect him to replicate that against far weaker competition. Jo features in our tipping this week as is reflected by many of the oddsmakers. He will only have to overcome a tired Gael Monfils who may still be hurting after a missed opportunity vs Roger Federer in Flushing Meadows. He has the quality to dominate this tournament as well as the home support winning this tournament twice before. He also has the mental strength ot overcome any demons of the body.
Seeded 2nd and after a sensational show in America, he will be brimming with confidence and will be looking to add further success in this good run of form. He is loved in France perhaps more than Tsonga and he is a true entertainer and so the French could spur him onto victory. However he could be far too tired to compete for the title after a draining recent few weeks and we have all at times questioned his resolve in a battle. Hos career could go one of two ways form here. Through the roof or back to relative obscurity. The problem is, no punter knows which Monfils will turn up. We think that he will do well while the going is easy, however winning the whole tournament may be a step too far for the loveable Frenchman. However if you do think he is capable he is available at (best odds)
You may be surprised to see Goofin as the 8th seed here but he is our dark horse. After claiming his maiden title in Kitzbühel he is in very fine form and he is our dark horse for this year’s tournament. After a quarter final appearance in the Winston-Salem Open and a brave show at the US Open claiming a set against Grigor Dimitrov. He has been pushing for the break through and we think he can claim his second ATP title of this year and his career.
Written by : Rory Crowe