After a brilliant French Open in which the blog landed 6 of its 7 bets, at odds of 5/2, 9/4, 1/3/ 7/1, 5/1 and 11/8, we’re going to be hard-pushed to top that. However, as the ATP season moves from clay to grass, it’s time to take a look at the ATP Stuttgart as the road to Wimbledon begins.
The ATP Stuttgart, also known as the Stuttgart Open, used to be played on clay, however it moved onto grass in 2015. The two renewals so far have been won by Dominic Thiem and Rafa Nadal but, after their heroics at Roland Garros this week, both have decided to give the tournament a miss this year. However, whilst that will have disappointed the sponsors, they’ll be ecstatic that Roger Federer has decided to start his build-up for an eighth Wimbledon Men’s Singles Title here.
Federer is also the number-one seed and, though some have been knocking him for missing the clay court season, he knows that he had no chance of winning another French Open, whilst a another Wimbledon title is up for grabs with both Murray and Djokovic below par so far this season. Value-hunters will also say he’ll be rusty after two months off but, he won the Australian Open after six months off, and he’ll no doubt have been practising on grass with his sights firmly set on SW19. I’m convinced he’ll also want to turn up to the season’s third grand slam full of confidence, and it will be a major surprise if he doesn’t make the final here with only Tomas Berdych and Bernard Tomic looking threatening in his half of the draw, and only slightly threatening even if they rediscover their best form.
Grigor Dimitrov is the highest-ranked player in the bottom-half, and he should be well-suited to the return to grass, where his first troublesome opponent may be Victor Troicki, though he beat the Serbian 6-3 6-3 on hardcourt earlier in the season. Dimitrov also has excellent records against likely semi-final opponents Lucas Pouille and Steve Johnson, and he’s expected to make it to the final. However, he’s 0 and 5 against Federer, and the Swiss maestro should again have his measure.