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Suisse Open Gstaad Tennis Preview 2013

The biggest question this week is whether or not Roger Federer is going to live up to top billing on home soil at the Suisse Open in Gstaad. This is the first step on the seven week long Emirates Airlines US Open Series. Federer is a former winner her, taking the title back in 2004 and that was the last time that he played here. The seventeen time Grand Slam champion is the top seed this week, but has been finding the going pretty hard, and drifting further from titles. After an early exit from Wimbledon against Sergiy Stakhovsy, he crashed out in the semi finals of Hamburg last week against Federico Delbonis, the world number 65.

With just one title under his belt this season, there is just a bit of hesitation around him. He is not as sure of a fire bet as he should be in events like this, but still, at Evens, is worth a shot. Behind him in the pecking order is a pretty competitive bunch who will be pushing hard. It is worth looking down in the opposite half of the draw to Federer to pick out some value. Number two seed this week is Stanislas Wawrinka, a player, like Federer who is on home turf. His beset performance here was runner up back in 2005.

He was in red hot form heading into Wimbledon, where he suffered a shock in the first round against Lleyton Hewitt. Would back him to be better here in a pretty easy quarter. Janko Tipsarevic reached the final here last year and has already one tournament under his belt since the close of the grass swing. He went to he quarter of Bogota, Colombia last week. Unpredictable, not at his best, but a grinder. Defending champion Thomaz Bellucci has a clear affinity with this event, winning it twice before, once as a qualifier in 2009 and then unseeded last year against Tipsarevic.

There is little hesitation obviously about backing clay court specialists on the dirt, so there could be a case for Juan Monaco this week. He is primed to be the biggest benefactor should Federer slips up. After winning Dusseldorf on clay, he slumped a little but is just moving in the right direction again with a couple of quarter final appearances in his last two tournaments, both on clay. He hasn’t won a match on the hard courts this year (albeit very few appearances on the surface) but does show up well on clay. Might be considered for an outside shot, but really it looks worth covering your options on two candidates from the bottom half here in Tipsarevic and Wawrinka.

Tipster’s Best Tips 

Stanislas Wawrinka Outright Winner @ 2/1 with Betfair 

Janko Tipsarevic Outright Winner @ 16/1 with Betfair