The men’s event in Newport is always a very interesting tournament from the betting point of view, as the conditions are very specific and only some players are able to negotiate all of their intricacies.
Match: Michael Russell vs Ilya Marchenko
Selection: Michael Russell
Best Odds: 1.81 @ Pinnacle
The main reason for that is the fact that the surface is as quick as true grass courts should be. While the events in London and Halle seem to be slowing down with every single year, the organizers in Newport are keeping the tradition intact and that means that big hitters always tend to do well in this particular event.
Michael Russell might not be the biggest hitter around, but he is a very experienced professional that has won a smaller event just a few days ago and there is no doubt that he will want to showcase his skills in front of his home crowd. He has always had all the shots in the book and he has always known how to negotiate tricky conditions, so there is every chance that he is going to feel at home in Newport and it is quite obvious that he will fancy his chances against Ilya Marchenko.
The Ukrainian may be a fairly talented guy, but he has been struggling for quite some time now (in fact, he is ranked below the top 100 these days) and there are no reasons for thinking that he will turn things around in Newport, especially considering that he might struggle with the surface. For that reason, tennis punters should look to back the American veteran in this match-up, as he is a guy that is going to try his very best and that alone should allow him to have the edge against someone like Ilya Marchenko.