ATP Atlanta & Kitzbuhel Predictions, Odds & Picks

ATP Atlanta & Kitzbuhel Predictions

  • Gulbis too big to beat Vesely
  • Johnson the wrong underdog
  • Try tie-break in big guns’ battle
  • Fritz can fire in Atlanta

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ATP Atlanta & Kitzbuhel Picks

Ernests Gulbis to beat Jiri Vesely at +155 at PointsBet

Steve Johnson to beat Alexei Popyrin at +112 at PointsBet

First set correct score in Kevin Anderson v Nick Kyrgios to be 7-6 at +200 at William Hill and bet365

Taylor Fritz to win the Atlanta Open at +1400 at bet365

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ATP Atlanta and Kitzbuhel Information
What ATP Truist Atlanta Open and ATP Generali Open
Location Atlanta, GA, USA; Kitzbuhel, Austria
Time Monday July 26 to Sunday August 1
How to Watch Tennis Channel

Jiri Vesely vs Ernests Gulbis

You can be forgiven for wondering ‘what happened to Ernests Gulbis’, the former top-10 star who once made the semi-finals of the French Open.

Suffice to say the answer is he’s slumped down the rankings but this week he’s to be found in the Austrian Alps having qualified for the main draw of the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel.

He looked better than he’s done for some time in qualifying too and the Latvian looks a dangerous underdog in round one.

At altitude, Gulbis’ strong serve was firing in his two qualifying matches, losing it only twice. He was above 80% first-serve points won in both contests, while figures of 54% and 61% on the second serve were also decent.

Gulbis has endured some miserable results this season but with confidence having been renewed somewhat, I like his chances against Vesely, a player struggling for wins at present.

On the European clay this year, the Czech has gone 4-9 at all levels, failing to win back-to-back matches.

He also played in Umag (at sea level) last week so won’t be as tuned into the conditions at the higher altitude where it can be difficult to control the balls as they whizz through the thinner air.

Vesely has no track record of note at altitude – Gulbis has twice reached the quarter-finals in nearby Gstaad – and so backing the outsider here at +155 could pay dividends.

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Alexei Popyrin vs Steve Johnson

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Player Odds
A. Popyrin -150
S. Johnson +110

Popyrin enjoyed some decent hardcourt results earlier in the season and that’s presumably the reason for his position as favorite ahead of this match.
I’m far from convinced that’s the right position though.
The Australian comes into the contest having lost six of his last seven matches, albeit on other surfaces. He last competed on a hardcourt in March.
Johnson, on the other hand, returned to this surface in Los Cabos last week, reaching the quarter-finals – his best result of the season.
Like so many Americans, the lead-in to the US Open is a time of year that is usually pretty productive for the 31-year-old and I’d expect him to be relishing a return to home soil.
At +110, the more experienced player looks a big price to win what will be the pair’s first meeting.

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Nick Kyrgios vs Kevin Anderson

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Player Odds
K. Anderson +100
N. Kyrgios -137

While this column has produced plenty of winners of late, one area that’s been a struggle is the tie-break markets.

These are bets I’ve tended to enjoy over the years but in recent months I’ve put them up on several occasions with little success enjoyed.

However, I’m prepared to give it one more go in this match where a first-set breaker would really be no surprise.

Both men possess big serves and the heat of Atlanta usually provides pretty slick conditions.

Anderson, a former finalist at the event, arrives on the back of a title win in Newport where he lost his serve just four times in five matches.

Kyrgios comes in having not played since leaving Wimbledon injured. However, he’s a player who tends to hit the ground running with his serve the most important stroke in his arsenal.

The Australian won here five years ago so is proven on the surface, losing his serve just twice that week. He played a tie-break in three of his four matches.

Two of those were in the first set and that’s the bet here at +100.

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Best Outright Pick

Taylor Fritz finished runner-up in Atlanta the last time the tournament was staged in 2019 and he can go one better this time around.
Big servers have gone well here over the years and Fritz certainly fits that winner’s profile.
He made the semis in Los Cabos last week, losing only to the eventual champion Cameron Norrie, and the faster conditions on show here should benefit him.
Compatriot Reilly Opelka is in his quarter of the draw but Fritz leads their head-to-head 6-1, while John Isner and Jannik Sinner are the other threats in the bottom half.
However, neither man has been at his best of late and both are a considerably shorter price than Fritz, who looks worthy of support at +1400.

Our Pick

Taylor Fritz outright winner.

The best odds for this match

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