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FRENCH OPEN DAY 8:
1. 10:00 – Ivanovic v Makarova
Ivanovic is a former champion at Roland Garros and is currently stepping up her game for another possible Major.
She is naturally a more sound player on Clay compared to the Russian Makarova, so I do agree with the bookies here..
Suggesting to back Ivanovic here …
—> Back Ivanovic @1.58, lay @1.25
2. 15:30 – Safarova v Sharapova
While I think Maria is the right favourite here, Safarova’s form is sublime with comfortable wins over 3 tough players: Pavlyuchenkova, Nara and Lisicki. The last time these two faced was in Stuttgart which ended in a marathon 3 tie-breaks in favour of the Russian.
Suggesting to lay Sharapova here as I feel Safarova can definitely make her odds shoot up at the start..
—> Lay Sharapova @1.37, back @1.6
3. 11:30 – Tsonga v Berdych
Tsonga is yet to lose a set so far, but worth noting, Berdych had much tougher challenges through a rejuvenated Stepanek and home favourite Paire. I agree with these odds as Tomas Berdych has everything in his game to beat the Frenchman today.
—> Back Berdych @1.4, lay @1.18
4. 13:30 – Monfils v Federer —> HOT TIP
Monfils got rather lucky in his last match against Cuevas who choked at some crucial moments in the match. That is not going to repeat today against Federer who has played awesome so far and looks like he means business in Paris, something that I already predicted before this tournament started.
—> Back Federer @1.41, lay @1.18
Some Terms Explained:
Back: Normal Stakes – use 10% of bank.
Back Heavy(BH) – use up to 30% of bank. Used at members discretion. Delay and Trade.
Lay: Normal stakes – use 10% of bank.
Lay Heavy(LH) – use up to 30% of bank. Used at members discretion. Delay and Trade.
Likely 3 Setter – consider laying the winner of the first set.
Hot Tip – I have more confidence in these tips. However, use normal stake sizes.
Tips are deemed unsuccessful at 40% loss of stake.
All odds shown with the tips are correct at time of publishing. Odds are often given several hours ahead of the event. If odds have changed, adjust your back/lay stake accordingly e.g. if I tip ‘Back at 1.5, Lay at 1.25’ – and back odds move to 1.55, adjust your lay odds to 1.3 – there are still 25 ticks between the back and lay odds.
Delay and Trade!! It’s OK to place your trades before the match starts, but in my opinion, waiting 2/3 games before placing your trades is the safest way to trade. This is advised in many of the articles below. To delay and trade will give you a good feel for the match. Delay and Trade is a MUST if you are Backing Heavy. Delaying is advised mostly for the women’s game, as early breaks of serve are more likely. Please read the relevant article below.
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