THE second tennis Grand Slam of the year has kicked off with a bang in France.
And it’s time for one of those first and second round mega multis linking up the rolled gold stars in a parlay that is set to net you a little cash for the punting kitty.
We’ve run our eye over the Wednesday schedule and picked out seven sure fire winners that should get you over the line in the early French Open rounds.
Matches begin from Wednesday 12.05am, AEST
Suggested multi for Wednesday May 25 French Open matches:
Jo Wilfired Tsonga to beat Jan-Lennard Struff ($1.16)
Nick Kyrgios to beat Igor Sijsling ($1.02)
Jeremy Chardy to beat Adam Pavlasek ($1.13)
Stanislas Wawrinka to beat Taro Daniel ($1.02)
Kei Nishikori to beat Andrey Kuznetsov ($1.05)
Ivo Karlovic to beat Jordan Thompson ($1.37)
Gilles Simon to beat Guido Pella ($1.37)
Seven leg multi pays $2.68 with sportsbet.com.au
This strategy in the early rounds of grand slams is a proven winner.
Go through the draw, find the best seeded players and multi them up against a crew of scrubs.
It’s only taken Aussie firebrand Nick Kyrgios one game to get himself in hot water, but there is just about no chance he surrenders against Dutch man Igor Sisjing.
Kyrgios lost his marbles against the ball boy and then the chair umpire in his 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 triumph over Italian Marco Cecchinato.
Kyrgios screamed “towel” at a ball boy after a point while the crowd was going ballistic, to which the chair umpire Carlos Ramos responded by issuing a code violation.
This incensed the Aussie.
“A code violation for saying towel loud?” Kyrgios protested.
“Now I’ve seen it all.
“So I go ‘towel’ louder than usual and you gonna give me an unsportsmanlike? Really?
“What rules am I breaking? That’s bullshit. Are you kidding?
“How can you sit there and give me a code for that?”
“Bullshit, f…ing bullshit.”
He was a little more restrained after the match.
“I thought it was a little bit rough. I can’t do anything about it now,” he said.
“Obviously it was just his personal opinion on how he thought that I went about it, but, I mean, it is what it is.
“I thought I dealt with it okay. It didn’t put me off too much.
“Of course it’s frustrating, but I think with someone like me that’s pretty emotional it can frustrate me a little bit, but I felt like I dealt with it pretty well.
“Focus in that first set is obviously very crucial to win in a best-of-five match.”
He did almost drop the first set and had plenty of trouble in the second, but should be able to continue into the third round against the Dutch.
Sixth seeded French beast Jo Wilfried Tsonga should have no trouble disposing of German challenger Jan-Lennard Struff, having never dropped a set in their two previous encounters.
Tsonga’s compatriot Jeremy Chardy took four sets to fight off Argentinean Leonardo Mayer, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and is not expected to have a problem devouring Czech Adam Pavlasek, who is coming off a five set first round marathon battle.
Number three seed Stanislas Wawrinka is also coming off a five setter of his own and, as the defending champion, will need to play much better to get past young Spaniard Taro Daniel.
A rusty Wawrinka took five sets to fight off plucky Czech Lukas Rosol, 4-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-4.
The more than three hour match would not have been the start Wawrinka was looking for in his title defence.
Japan’s fifth seed Kei Nishikori knocked over Italy’s Simone Bolelli in straight sets 6-1 7-5 6-3, finishing off the first-round tie which had been suspended overnight with him leading 2-1 in the third set. He should not have any dramas against Andrey Kuznetsov, although the Russian does hold victory over Nishikori in their only clash – way back in 2010 when the Japanese retired in the second set. Things are different now and this is a Grand Slam. Watch the seed do it easy.
Our two “outsiders” for a bit of value are Croatian Ivo Karlovic – who will take on Aussie Justin Thompson, fresh off his first ever grand slam victory over Serbian qualifier Laslo Djere. But it would be a fairy tale if the Aussie could somehow beat Karlovic and his monstrous serve.
Karlovic, seeded 27, didn’t have it all his own way against Spaniard Albert Montanes, but did eventually get the job done in straight sets and we imagine that is how this one will pan out as well.
And we’re sticking with the French in their home slam, with Gilles Simon, seeded 16, surely knocking over Argentine Guido Pella.
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