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Grand Slam Gambling - Oct. 25

Yearly Record: 0-0

Erste Bank Open 500

I am not going to start this by pretending I have been following along too closely with he action in Vienna, Austria. That being said there is a solid slate of matches set for tomorrow in the men's second round.

(4) Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Diego Schwartzman

SInce the U.S. Open Carreno Busta has been horrible. Losing in three straight first rounds to Medvedev, Ramos-Vinolas and Darcis. Now those aren't three schmucks, but for the 11 ranked player in the world, coming off a Semifinal run in New York you have got to win at least 2 of the 3. Carreno Busta got off the schneid Tuesday with a 6-2 7-6 win over Guido Pella.

DIego is another guy who made a great run in the U.S. Open, losing in the Quarters. Who did he lose to? You guessed it, Carreno Busta. Unlike CB, Diego has been playing good tennis. Diego has lost to Tsonga, Federer and Goffin in the past three tournaments. Not to shabby.

With al this being said, I am going to go with PCB money line. I think he regained some confidence Tuesday, and will do well playing a guy he beat 2 months ago. This will be a good match.

Pick: P. Carreno Busta +105

Score: 6-4 2-6 6-4

Damir Dzumhur vs. (8)Jo-Wilfred Tsonga

I love Dzumhur in this match. I have been on a Dzumhur tilt for pretty much all of 2017. He has been playing great hard court tennis all year long.

Dzumhur's hard court record this year is 32-15. Not bad for a guy who was ranked 87 in the world at the end of July.

Meanwhile, Tsonga is looking forward to the offseason.

Pick: D. Dzumhur +200

Score: 6-3 6-3

RIchard Gasquet vs. (2) Dominic Thiem

The match is in Thiem's home country of Austria, that is all.

Pick: D. Thiem -140

Score: 7-5 6-2

Swiss Indoors Basil

Not as many good matches slated for tomorrow in Basil, compared to Vienna. Fed is in action sitting at -2000 vs. Benoit Paire, not too much value there. There is only one match that intrigues me.

Denis Shapovalov vs. (7) Adrian Mannarino

The theme of today's post has to be players who made unexpected runs in the Big Apple. Shap bursted onto the scene with an impressive Round of 16 run at the U.S. Open before losing to Carreno Busta in a tough, physical match. Since that match Shap has lost to Ernesto Escobedo and Troicki.

Mannarino has done exactly what you would expect him to do the last three tournaments. Play not-fun-to-watch, but solid tennis. He made a good run at the beginning of the month in the Japan Championships, making it to the finals with a solid win over Cilic along the way.

The may be an unfavorable pick, because just like Alan I HATE watching Mannarino play tennis. However, I expect the vetran to get it done in 3.

Pick: A. Mannarino -125

Score: 2-6 7-5 6-3

Good Luck Everyone!

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