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Opelka – Eubanks

Opelka Eubanks betting preview

The big serving Reilly Opelka and Christopher Eubanks will square off in the first round at the ATP 500 event in Washington.

Opelka is having a really good year, and just achieved his career high ranking of No.43 after reaching the semifinals last week in Atlanta. Opelka has been in excellent form on hard courts all year, and he is surely excited about the start of the pre – US Open hard court swing. He played some really solid tennis last week, defeating Bublik, Isner and Evans before succumbing to eventual winner De Minaur in three sets in the semis.

Eubanks (178 ATP) got a Wildcard on the main draw here in Washington, and he will hope to make good use of it. However, he is clearly an underdog against the in form Opelka. Eubanks did not do anything of note this season and he is in average form even for his standards – which are average in themselves. He did get one of his best wins of the year in his previous tournament at Newport two weeks ago, on grass, defeating Steve Johnson in two tiebreaks – but Johnson was in poor form, and Eubanks followed that up with a clear loss against Ivashka in the second round.

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Opelka leads the H2H 1-0, winning the only meeting back in 2016 on hard court in Atlanta (7-6 7-6). Both players will enjoy the surface here in Washington and both are big servers (particularly Opelka), so there`s really not much to analyze about the styles of play and the matchup.

It`s fair to expect Reilly Opelka to win this match based on his superior quality and excellent form. It may be a simplistic view of things, but it makes sense.

You generally know what to expect from Opelka and his big serve, so based on what we saw from him last week in Atlanta it`s hard to believe he will lose against a guy like Eubanks. Opelka did play a lot of tennis, but since he did not reach the final fatigue should not be an issue.

Look for a lot of free points on serve for each of these two guys, but Opelka with his form, confidence and consistency should be able to create more opportunities on the return, and rise above Eubanks in the important moments. Until getting broken by Alex De Minaur in the deciding set in the semifinals last week, Opelka had a streak of 47 consecutive service holds. You would certainly not count on Eubanks, an average returner, to get many chances on that serve.

My tip will be Opelka to win, and I reckon even odds around 1.40-1.45 are very tasty. I would have priced Opelka around 1.30-1.35 and I`m confident that his steady level of play will be enough to take care of his countryman here. Prediction: Reilly Opelka – Christopher Eubanks 7-6 6-4.

Pick: Opelka
Odds: 1.45 @ Sbobet
Stake: 9
Possible profit: 4.05
Event date: 30 July

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