The Wolf was all over Goffin yesterday and the Belgian delivered in spades beating the world number 1. Nadal withdrew from the tournament following the result with Carreno-Busta coming in as his replacement. It means Goffin and Dimitrov are in pole position to qualify out of the Sampras group. Tonight Cilic and Sock meet in a must win encounter for both players while the winner of the Federer/Zverev clash will qualify for the knockout stages.
Nitto ATP Tour Finals Feature Previews
Marin Cilic v Jack SockAt first glance the initial thought would be that Cilic would be around about $1.50 to win this one. The reason why he isn’t is because Sock has won both of their prior encounters and is coming off his first Masters Series title. The Wolf isn’t buying into either fact. Sock is not accustomed to playing at such a high level over an extended period of time and after putting it all on the line against Federer he is expecting a regression in his performance. He won 71% of second serve points against Federer which is well above his season average of 53%. Cilic has a superior baseline game and serve to prevent Sock from creating any chances. Cilic to egt the better of him Best Bet: Cilic WIN ($1.73)
Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev With Nadal out The Wolf is predicting this to be a prelude of the final. They have won 12 titles between them this season and Zverev is one of only 4 men to have beaten Federer in 2017. That win came in the final of Montreal where Federer was evidently below his best. Federer is 50-4 on the season and has win his last 11 matches. Zverev on the other hand has had some difficulties on the faster indoor courts with back to back losses against Tsnga and Hasse before beating Cilic here. He is also having to deal with the rigors of a very long season – something his 20 year old body is not yet equipped to deal with. Federer’s serve has been flawless in recent tournaments and there is a common theme between the recent men who have beat Zverev – they have big serves and have prevented him from finding a rhythm. Federer will do the same. Best Bet: Federer -3.5 ($1.80)