ATP Basel Day 3 & WTA Zhuhai Elite Trophy Day 2 Best Tennis Bets and Predictions


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:13 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 6:13 PM UTC

Can Filip Krajinovic continue his "career best" tennis and take down his struggling countryman Laslo Djere?

<div><h2><b>Laslo Djere vs. Filip Krajinovic</b></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Wednesday, October 23, Basel</strong></a><br /><br />This season started off as a truly emotional one for Laslo Djere. Having lost his mother seven years ago, and then losing his father early this season, the 24-year old Serb has had to face adversity. Those emotions came to the forefront when Djere won his maiden ATP title, taking home the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro in late February. Most adept on the red dirt, the clay court specialist has had good results since then, making the subsequent Sao Paolo semifinal. Surging to a career high world no. 27 ranking, we´ve seen precious little from the 24-year old Serb outside of clay though and he´s since fallen to world no. 39. Perhaps that shouldn´t be considered a surprise, as Laslo sports career losing records across the board on all other surfaces(30/34 hard court, 18/26 indoors, 1/5 grass). That includes going 7-22 on hard court over the last four years and 7-18 indoors during the same time period. Djere has struggled for form as of late, currently riding a five-match losing streak that started in Umag all the way back in July.<br /><br />Filip Krajinovic has become a familar name to us as of late, as we´ve backed him heavily throughout the past week in Stockholm. The indoors specialist and Paris Masters 2017 finalist claimed to be playing the best tennis of his career in the Swedish capital, and it certainly looked it. Battling through tough opposition all week, it took a sublime performance from Denis Shapovalov to oust the Serb in the final and deny Filip his maiden title at the third time of asking. Whilst incredibly adept at clay tennis sporting a 247-107 career record, which is where his 10 career challenger titles stem from, the world no. 46 is perhaps a bit underestimated on indoor hard court. Krajinovic is a solid ballstriker off both wings, has good movement and defensive capabilites on the run whilst adept at stepping into the court and ditctating with his powerful forehand. Another skill that was demonstrated quite clearly is being able to follow that stroke up to the net and finish points with deft volleys.<br /><br />This pair have met on five previous occasions, with all but one coming on clay. Djere won the first two, but since then Krajinovic have dominated, winning three in a row comfortably, covering today´s handicap line in each affair. One of those was played indoors at the Paris Masters in 2017, where the older Serb overcame a slow start to finish the second and third sets 6-3, 6-2. It was only a couple of months ago we saw the latest meeting which Krajinovic won in Hamburg 6-3, 6-3. Since then, Laslso has lost three straight matches whilst the world no. 46 has only improved. Djere lacks a killer element to his game, which Krajinovic has and is what´s proven decisive in earlier affairs. Expect the latter to continue his strong form on a favourable surface and cover the -4.5 handicap, paying 1.83 with Pinnacle.<br /><br /><br /><b><i>Best bet: <a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Krajinovic -4.5 games at 1.83 (83/100) </a>with [<a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Pinnacle</a>] </i></b><i>1.5u</i><br /><br /><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a><br /><br /> </p><h2><b>Donna Vekic vs. Dayana Yastremska</b></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>Wednesday, October 23, Zhuhai</strong></a><br /><br />After what´s been a fantastic year for the talented young Croatian Donna Vekic, her form has significantly cooled off. Two times a finalist in Saint Petersburg and Nottingham, a title has still eluded the 23-year old in 2019 to date and she´s only won one since the breakthrough in 2014. Whilst a sweet ballstriker, that hasn´t helped much in recent times. After losing an incredibly tight and nervy affair against Belinda Bencic in the US Open quarterfinal, Vekic hasn´t been able to come up with the goods in the decisive moments. Losing six of her last seven matches since, half of those losses coming from a set up. In the opener of this year´s Elite Trohpy, a familiar foe stood on the other side of the net in Kiki Bertens. Having played the Dutchwoman close three times already this year but losing the last two, that trend would continue. Squandering a 3-1 lead in the first set and missing four break points to take a 4-3 lead, the Croat would to on to lose the opening tiebreak. The 23-year old took an MTO for a lower back issue after that and didn´t look the same in the second set, struggling badly as she faded away 6-2.<br /><br />Dayana Yastremska will certainly be feeling her chances are high heading into this tournament, with the feisty teenager playing some fantastic tennis all year. Surging to a world no. 24 ranking, the 19-year old Ukranian has built on last season´s maiden title in Hong Kong, and picked up two more trophies in Hua Hin and Strasbourg in 2019. Able to summon ridiculous power off both wings, even whilst on the run and under serious pressure, there is no angle Dayana can´t hit a winner from. However, double faults and inconsisency plague the 19-year old, and often she´s come up short against the very best because of it. Nontheless has Yastremska played solid tennis down the stretch, even late in the year where tired legs seem to be failing many of her competitors. Upsetting world no.2 Karolina Pliskova in Wuhan recently was a massive confidence boost and a building block for future success against elite competition, against which she´s yet to be very successful.<br /><br />It´ll be tough for Vekic to recharge for this match. Suffering yet another top-20 defeat makes it the 16th in 23 attempts since entering the top 50, and playing the day after seemingly picking up some kind of lower back issue is less than ideal. Yastremska has a fearless attitude and won´t be giving needless amounts of respect to hear older opponent in this contest. The Ukranian is the much bigger striker off the ground, and has been playing the batter tennis in recent months. Looking at the statistics, it´s the Ukranian who leads the way by a 0.2% edge in the 12 months hold/break numbers on hard court, as well as a 58-point hard court ELO edge. If Vekic can´t shake off her current slump and any lingering back issues in this match, it could easily become a runaway victory for the feisty 19-year old. All things considered, I side with Yastremska here, and will bet the -2.5 games at a 1.85 price with Unibet.<br /><br /><b><i>Best bet: <a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Yastremska -2.5 games at 1.85 (17/20)</a> with [<a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Unibet">Unibet</a>] </i></b><i>1.5u</i></p></div>
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