The first round of ATP Basel offers a great fixture for sports betting in the serve powerhouse Ivo Karlovic versus Stanislas Wawrinka. Ivo Karlovic is already out from the ATP Finals London race and Wawrinka has already qualified as the sixth seed. So the stakes for this fixture are even as Karlovic will be looking to end this season on a strong note and possibly beating some of the ATP London contestants. On the other hand the usually shaky Wawrinka should want to prove that he can be consistent in his strong shape as of late, and as such that he can be a valid contender versus the elite duo of Federer and Djokovic. The surface for the Basel tournament is an indoor hard court which should favor neither player as Wawrinka should be able to predict Karlovics heavy serves.
Ivo Karlovic will be coming into this match with 3 victories and 2 defeats in his latest 5 games, the most notable match out of those 5 was versus Rafael Nadal in the Shanghai Masters event which ended 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(4) in Nadal’s favor.
Stanislas Wawrinka will be coming into this match with 4 victories and 1 defeat in his latest 5 games. The most notable victory was a title win at ATP Tokyo where he beat Benoit Pair with 6-2 6-4. The one loss was in a quarter-final game versus Rafael Nadal with 6-2 6-1 two rounds further than Karlovic in the Shanghai Masters event.
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This is surely a hard fixture to predict and truth be told that if we were chasing a value pick or if this match was played on grass surface than Ivo Karlovic would be the obvious choice, however for this prediction we´re looking for a winner. Ivo Karlovic is very well-known in the tennis world for utilizing his height into an impressive serve with which he can decimate inexperienced foes and even force the likes of Djokovic and Federer into long drawn tiebreak matches but Stanislas Wawrinka has shown time and time again that he can predict the serve and overcome Karlovic’s play style.
These two veterans have a head to head record of 5-1 in favor of Stanislas Wawrinka and their last face off was at the R16 of the Cinncinati Masters event earlier this year. Based on their previous encounters and Wawrinkas great shape the vikings prediction for this match is that Stanislas Wawrinka wins. Other interesting picks for this game is over 25.5 games (both should and could be covered in 2 sets), over 10.5 games in the first set and Ivo Karlovic +1.5 sets.
Ivo Karlovic – Stanislas Wawrinka 1-2 @ 3.65
The vikings picks for this game:
Over 25.5 games @ 1.81
Over 10.5 games in the first set @ 1.83
Ivo Karlovic – Stanislas Wawrinka, Stanislas Wawrinka @ 1.43
Ivo Karlovic +1.5 sets @ 1.57
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