2017 St Petersburg Open Preview And Tips
The St Petersburg Tennis Open is an ATP World Tour 250 Series Event, which is played on the indoor hardcourts at the Sibur Arena in St Petersburg, Russia. The tournament was first held in 1995 and was played at the St Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex until 2013. It was then axed from the tour in 2014, before being re-added and relocated to its current venue in 2015.
However, as the last two champions, Alexander Zverev and Milos Raonic are both absent this year, there should be a new name on the trophy this year.
St Petersburg Open Tennis Betting
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 4/1, Roberto Bautista-Agut 4/1, Phillipp Kohlschreiber 8/1, Adrian Mannarino 16/1, Fabio Fognini 16/1, Daniil Medvedev 16/1, Borna Coric 20/1, Joao Sousa 28/1
Bautista-Agut looks to have a major chance of advancing to the semi-finals, as he’s yet to lose a match to any of his likely opponents in the first quarter. He leads Vesely 3-0 on head-to-heads, Pella 1-0, Lajovic 2-0, and Troicki 3-0. He also arrives here in excellent form having won at Winston-Salem, and lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open; who went on to make the semi-finals.
The second quarter looks most likely to be fought out between recent Kitzbuhel winner Kohlschreiber and Fabio Fognini, and Kohlschreiber beat Fognini in the semi-finals. That made their head-to-head statistics to 6-2 in favour of the German, however it’s interesting that Fognini beat him the last time they met on indoor hardcourts in Moscow last season.
Marcos Baghdatis has a chance of sneaking through the third quarter if the 32-year-old’s legs are up for it, as he leads Zeballos and Lorenzi on head-to-heads and, though it’s 1-1 between him and potential quarter-final opponent Mannarino, he beat him earlier this season in Auckland.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga isn’t getting any younger, but this looks a decent quarter on paper for him, as holds head-to-head leads over the likes of Sousa, Donskoy, Medvedev, Struff and Coric.
Semi-Finals And Final
Bautista-Agut should win the first-quarter, but who wins the second quarter could make a huge difference to his chances of making the semi-finals. He’s won his last two matches against Kohlschreiber, but trails Fognini 6-2 in head to heads.
However, if the bottom-half of the draw goes as predicted, Tsonga should relish taking on Baghdatis, as the Frenchman has won his last 7 matches against the Cypriot.
Therefore, it could make for an interesting final, with Bautista Agut winning his last 3 against Tsonga, whilst Fognini trails Tsonga 4-1 but did win their last match. Therefore, with Bautista-Agut and Tsonga both 4/1, and Fognini 16/1 – the value has to be in backing the Italian each-way.
Tip : Fabio Fognini Each-Way @ 16/1 William Hill or Ladbrokes – ½ odds 2 places