The 2017 Aegon International Tennis Tournament may only have ATP 250 Series status but, as it’s the last chance for players to get acclimatised to grass courts before this year’s Wimbledon, this year’s renewal has attracted Novak Djokovic.
2017 Aegon International Tennis Betting
Novak Djokovic 5/4, Gael Monfils 14/1, Richard Gasquet 14/1, John Isner 14/1, Sam Querrey 16/1
World Number 3 Novak Djokovic is the top-seed this week and, after a couple of weeks to get over the disappointment of his French Open quarter-final exit at the hands of Dominic Thiem, he’ll be hoping to find both the sort of form that saw him win Wimbledon in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and his lost motivation.
However, he trails his likely first opponent Jiri Vesely 1-0 in their head-to-heads, whilst home favourite Kyle Edmund could have the crowd on his side if they clash in the quarter-finals (though he has lost all 3 previous matches against Djokovic).
Meanwhile, the second-quarter could boil down to an all-American clash between former champions Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, and it’s the big-serving Querrey who has won all three of their previous encounters, though Johnson has improved since they last clashed in 2015.
A Djokovic/Querrey semi-final would be a crowd-pleaser, but Djokovic would by no means be a certainty in his current form, as Querrey has won 2 of their 10 matches, including defeating the Serbian at Wimbledon last year in their only previous match on grass. Therefore, Querrey looks the value in top-half of the draw.
The third-quarter is a tough one, with a potential early clash between Richard Gasquet and Kevin Anderson tough to predict. Gasquet holds a 5-4 lead on their head-to-heads, but Anderson has won their last two, and has already beaten Gasquet this season on clay, whilst both have solid profiles on grass. The winner of that match may well face John Isner in the semi-finals, which could prove troublesome for Anderson who has lost his last 5 against the American. Meanwhile, it’s 2-2 between Isner and Gasquet and, as they haven’t played each other since 2013, or on grass, that would be a tough call.
The fourth-quarter should prove an ideal opportunity for either Monfils or Tomic, who have clashed just once in the careers way back in 2011. Tomic doesn’t have a great record against the likes of Anderson, Isner or Gasquet though. However, Monfils is 5-0 against Anderson, and has won 4 of his last 5 against Isner, but lost on grass last week against Gasquet.
A tough-looking bottom-half, but it might be worth backing both Monfils and Gasquet, as well as throwing in Querrey from the top-half – and backing them all to win in the hope that Djokovic again fails to find his best form.
Querrey 1 Point Win @ 16/1 (Leo Vegas)
Gasquet 1 Point Win @ 14/1 (Paddy Power)
Monfils 1 Point Win @ 14/1 (BetVictor)