The ATP Tour is back in action this week. Join us while we go through the best value bets for this week’s action at the Cordoba Open and Open Sud de France.
<h2><strong>ATP Cordoba – Main Contender</strong></h2><p>After four years in Quito, Cordoba will held the first tournament of the Golden Swing – a series of four clay-court tournaments in South America. Known as one of the best clay-court players on the ATP Tour, the 31-year-old had a successful campaign at the Golden Swing last year, winning the title in Sao Paulo and reaching the semi-finals in Rio de Janeiro. The bookmakers are expecting another strong performance from Fognini in South America with the Italian as the main favorite to lift the trophy in Cordoba at 3.75.</p><p>Fognini will begin his quest for a ninth ATP title on Thursday against Aljaz Bedene. The Italian is a terrible matchup for Bedene with Fognini winning all their eight previous encounters on the ATP Tour. Nevertheless, it’s hard to find value on Fabio’s current price <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in Game with Betway!">at 1.50 with Betway</a> due to his inconsistency. The No.1 seed should emerge victorious in the end but the best approach is to wait for an-play opportunity to grab a better price on the Italian to win this match. On the other hand, our advice is to stay away from his outright since Fognini has a very poor record in the first tournament of the Golden Swing.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>ATP Montpellier – Defending Champion</strong></h2><p>Lucas Pouille had a disappointing 2018 season but seems to have rediscovered his mojo under new coach Amelie Mauresmo. The world No.17 reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open and became the first Frenchman to reach the last four at Melbourne Park since Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2010.</p><p>Pouille returns to action this week at the Open Sud de France. Playing in Montpellier brings back many happy memories to Lucas with the 24-year-old winning the title last year. Adding to this, Pouille has an outstanding indoor record with one title on these conditions in each of the last three seasons.</p><p>Looking now at Pouille’s draw on this event, the defending champion will open his Montpellier campaign against Marcos Baghdatis on Thursday. The Frenchman leads 2-0 on their head-to-head and is the favourite for this contest <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Sportsbook!">at 1.36 with Bet365</a>. However, Baghdatis already won three matches in Montpellier while Lucas will play his first official encounter in two weeks. For that reason, betting on Baghdatis to cover his +1.5 Set Handicap at 1.80 with Pinnacle is an interesting approach for this match.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>ATP Cordoba – Player to Keep an Eye On</strong></h2><p>Marco Cecchinato enjoyed the best season of his career in 2018, climbing to world No.19 – having started the season outside the Top 100 – and winning two ATP titles in Budapest and Umag. The 25-year-old also made history in Roland Garros, reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final. Cecchinato defeated some of the best players in the world, including Novak Djokovic, to become the first Italian man to reach the last four at a major in 40 years.</p><p>Cecchinato will make his first clay-court appearance since July at the Cordoba Open. The Palermo native won’t have an easy task on his debut against Jaume Munar from Spain. Munar opened his Cordoba campaign with an impressive 6-1, 6-4 win over Guido Andreozzi and is the favourite to win this match at 1.73 with Betway. Nevertheless, Cecchinato is one of the greatest clay-court specialist on the ATP Tour, which makes it impossible to ignore the tremendous value on his <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a>. With this in mind, our suggestion is to take the Italian’s moneyline <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill & Start Playing Today!">at 2.10 with William Hill</a> as the best betting approach for this contest.</p>