It is quite windy in Qatar where the AO qualifying is currently taking, and that is fantastic news for Cem Ilkel. Fresh off his round 1 victory over Peter Gojowczyk, this looks to be a great underdog spot to attack and oppose Halys, who is currently sitting at odds of $1.63, or 61.3% chance of victory. Given Halys’ only outdoor hardcourt form of note over the last two years (for lack of playing a lot of outdoor hardcourt matches) is at Australian Open qualifying last year, it is hard to justify this price in the conditions. Ilkel has more experience, and far more consistency.
Ilkel is the far steadier player of the two, and pushed Halys to the limit in their meeting indoors last year, losing in a third set tiebreak. These conditions call for patience and hitting spots with accuracy. At the prices on offer there is only one corner I want to be in for today.
1 unit Ilkel to defeat Halys at $2.50 at Bet365