Okay MyBookie tennis betting faithful, with the 2020 season steamrolling towards it calendar year end, there’s a brand new event going down on the ATP World Tour this week – and you could cash in big when it gets underway. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of promising matches to bet on, along with their Astana Open odds.
Tennis Betting | 2020 Astana Open Odds and Predictions
Six of the Top 10 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings will be in action this week as the 2020 Erste Bank Open goes down live from Vienna, Austria and the brand new Astana Open makes its debut. World No. 1 Nova Djokovic heads up the loaded field at the ATP 500 event in Vienna while the lesser Astana Open, an ATP 250 event, gets underway on Monday, October 26 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan with world No. 28 Benoit Paire as the top seed.
The Astana Open is the last of four new ATP 250 events that were added to the 2020 schedule as tennis continued its return following suspension of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event features home grown talent like— including Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin and a handful of other stars looking to claim a tour-level crown in Kazakhstan. In addition to the Astana Open, the revised schedule also includes two consecutive new ATP 250 events in Cologne (Germany, Indoor Hard) and Sardinia (Italy, Clay). All have been issued as single-year licenses for 2020.
Now, let’s get to two value-packed matches that will both be going down on Tuesday, October 27.
Tennys Sandgren Vs Jiri Vesely
29-year-old American and world No. 48 Tennys Sandgren is an uninspiring 8-11 on the year with no titles. He’s also just 39-54 in his ATP career with one title. Sandgren comes into this event desperate for a win after suffering consecutive first round losses at Roland Garros and at St. Petersburg two weeks ago. 27-year-old Czech republic native and world No. 66, Jiri Vesely is a solid 11-5 on the year with one title in Pune, India that he claimed in February.
While these two players have never faced off before and Vesely is the underdog at +114, I like the 6’6″ Vesely to pick up the big win as an underdog over the 6’2″ Sandgren. Despite the fact that Sandgren has beaten the likes of big named players like Matteo Berrettini, Sam Querrey and Fabio Fognini, among others, Vesely is playing close to home and generally excels when he’s playing in Eastern Europe.
Sandgren lost to world No. 153 Daniel Ehlan Galan, world No. 117 Aslan Karatsev and world No. 82 Pierre-Hugues Humbert in his last three matches, so it’s not like his higher ranking in this affair means a whole lot. I like the fact that Vesely has gone 6-3 over his last nine matches while taking world No. 18 Karen Kachanov to four sets in the French Open before bowing out. I’m going with Vesely in a three-set thriller!
Pick: Jiri Vesely in 3 Sets
Egor Gerasimov Vs Lloyd Harris
23-year-old South African and world No. 80 Lloyd Harris has gone 12-11 on the year with no titles, but he’s looked fantastic in reaching at least the quarters in two straight events and three of his last four overall. Lloyd took out the likes of Kyle Edmund and Steve Johnson in Cologne two weeks ago before falling to Alexander Zverev in three sets in the quarterfinals. He backed the run up by reaching the quarters in Antwerp while beating talented American Taylor Fritz along the way.
27-year-old Belarus native and world No. 83 Egor Gerasimov has gone 10-8 on the year with zero titles. He lost three consecutive first round matches in Rome, Roland Garros and St. Petersburg before making a run to the round of 16 in Cologne where he ended up losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in a three-set thriller.
Gerasimov owns a 2-0 mark against Harris in head-to-head meetings. he beat Lloyd 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the Karshi Challenger event in 2018 and backed that up with a 7-5, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) win in their last meeting at the 2019 U.S. Open. With that said, I’m going with Gerasimov to get it done again, although I’m thinking this affair is going to turn into another knock-down, drag-out three-set thriller!
Pick: Egor Gerasimov in 3 Sets