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tennis | Friday, June 24, 2022 7:27 AM (Revised at: Monday, June 27, 2022 8:40 AM)

Friday's ATP Tennis Best Bet: Eastbourne, June 24th

Friday's ATP Tennis Best Bet: Eastbourne, June 24th
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Friday, June 24th, 14:00 UK Time

The semifinals of the last tuneup events for The Championships are here, which means about a dozen ATP and WTA Tour matches remain before the festivities from Wimbledon get underway.

While the main draws will be revealed on Friday and may overshadow the remaining action on the courts in Eastbourne, Mallorca and Bad Homburg, there is still value to be had, and for Friday’s ATP selection, we remain in Eastbourne.

In the first of the two men’s matches on the day, a pair of tall, big servers will square off in Maxime Cressy and Jack Draper.

The young Brit continues to impress, as his added athleticism and ability on return have shone through in the 2022 season.

On the other side of the net, it’s Cressy, whose game is predicated heavily on his serving abilities and a reliance on a throwback serve-and-volley style of play. If ever he were going to find success, the short grass season would be it, as grass is the surface that has historically rewarded serve and volleyers the most.

The primary issue here for the American is that his opponent can match his abilities on serve and is miles ahead in terms of return, rally tolerance and movement/athleticism.

Even on quicker surfaces this year, Draper has become much more adept at prolonging rallies with his opponents serving and has been able to find breaks of serve and put sets away with his powerful serve and forehand combination.

Stylistically, Draper also has the edge in this one. With the Brit being a southpaw, we’ll see the cross-court rallies feature forehand vs. backhand exchanges. Draper’s backhand is far more solid against powerful opposition forehands than the American’s.

With the serves and forehands being relatively equal in this one, I’m going to side with the guy that has the advantage in almost all other facets of the game.

  • Selection: Draper to win
  • Odds: 2.16 (Marathonbet)
  • Stakes: 4/10

More tips for DRAPER vs CRESSY

Odds are valid as of 9:30 am on 24th June 2022. Odds may now differ. 

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