Fans who are Betting on Tennis Say: Another Game for Milos!
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Canadian fans betting on tennis have reason to be happy; No. 5 seed racketman Milos Raonic made it through to the fourth round of the 2017 French Open when his opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez withdrew from the match with an injured left thigh. And yes, he is indeed Canadian. Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when Garcia-Lopez – who had already received treatment at the end of the first set – stopped. It was the second withdrawal of the day. David Goffin had no choice but to retire from his match against Horacio Zeballos with an injured right ankle. The 10th-seeded Belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he had to limp out of the court aided by two trainers. Injuries have wreaked havoc on the field, also shortening David Goffin’s, Nicolas Almagros’s, and Nick Kyrgios’s tournament. Oh wait, Kyrgios actually got beat by Kevin Anderson.
Raonic is the Canadian whom people who bet on tennis like the best to win the tournament – mostly because he is the only Canadian left in the singles draws in the Roland Garros after Eugenie Bouchard and Françoise Abanda both lost their second-round matches in the women’s singles. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal scratched a 98th notch on his clay court belt with his win over Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili, improving his five-set record on that surface to 98-2 and 75-2 at the French Open. Nads already has the second most clay court titles in history with 52, behind Chris Evert. That’s why he is the favourite of fans betting on tennis. The Nadster seemed dead set on finishing his third-round match as quickly as possible – presumably while checking his $725,000 watch – before it started raining, and the 4th seeded took only 1½ hour to win 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. It marked the 15th and 16th time he’s held an opponent without a win in a set at Roland Garros in his career. Nadal turns 31 on Saturday, so people who bet on tennis know what not to get him – another watch.
On the female side of things, Ons Jabeur became the first Tunisian woman to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament when she defeated world No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile, Samantha Stosur dispatched Bethanie Mattek-Sands. 6-2, 6-2 in a little over an hour. That was the Australian’s 50th French Open match and eighth straight European clay win. Finally, defending champion Garbine Muguruza defeated Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putinseva 7-5, 6-2 to reach the last sixteen. The Spanish racketwoman has had the Djokovics since winning the tournament last year, sparking doubt in the back of the minds of people who bet on tennis. However, fans betting on tennis were reassured when Muguruza bested former champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round and Estonian Anett Kontaveit in one of the best matches in this edition of the event. Muguruza put on a clinic against Putinseva, breaking serve after serve. On the other hand, the Spaniard won only 17 of 30 points at the net, so her next opponent better be taking notes.