The men’s event in Atlanta might have been affected by some rain delays earlier in the week, but we should get to see a lot of tennis action on Thursday, with the schedule including a contest between the world’s number sixty, Yen-hsun Lu, and the world’s number sixty-six, Denis Istomin.
Match: Denis Istomin vs Yen-hsun Lu
Selection: Denis Istomin (-1.5 sets)
Best Odds: 2.60 @ Paddy Power
Many punters will surely be tempted to back Yen-hsun Lu at the prices that are currently on offer at the various bookmakers, but the unfortunate truth is that nobody should judge anything with the rankings being the only factor. Lu might have more ranking points to his name right now, but the Uzbek has never been worse than him in any respect.
The only thing that really speaks in the favour of the world’s number sixty is his relatively solid form, but winning matches against average Asian players is hardly impressive. The draw has been rather kind to him, as he faced yet another average player in the first round of the tournament in Atlanta, but things are going to get much tougher for him on Thursday and you can be sure that he is going to face plenty of problems in his second round match.
Denis Istomin has the ideal playing style for these minor American hard court events, as he can hit powerful shots from all parts of the court – and that is basically the only thing that counts in the conditions that are on offer in Atlanta this week. Lu can play consistent tennis and he is bound to have his say at some point of the match, but such bursts of energy should be fairly rare and the Uzbek should be able find himself controlling the match most of the time.