Wednesday brought plenty of surprising results over in Barcelona – and there might certainly be more of the same today as well, with the clash between Martin Klizan and Philipp Kohlschreiber standing out the most in that particular regard.
Match: Martin Klizan vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
Selection: Martin Klizan
Best Odds: 2.20 @ Bet365
The experienced German might be the better player of the two on paper, but the truth is that he probably doesn’t deserve as much favoritism as he is currently getting. He is not having a great season in terms of result and the fact that he struggled against Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round shows that he simply has not found his very best form just yet.
Martin Klizan might be one of the most inconsistent players around, but he is certainly a very talented guy and he definitely deserves plenty of credit for his win over Albert Montanes. The Spaniard wasn’t able to convert his chances and the scoreline from that particular match might therefore be a bit flattering, but that isn’t going to be in the back of Klizan’s mind today. The world’s number thirty-one will just go out there and enjoy himself – after all, that is when his free-flowing tennis is at its destructive best.
There is no doubt that this is going to be a very exciting contest and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it going all the way down to the wire, but there probably isn’t any value in backing the overs at these lines and prices. Instead, those who are looking for a juicy value bet should simply stick to the outright win markets and back the Slovak, who should have every chance of getting through to the next round in Barcelona today.