Flavio Cipolla vs. Albano Olivetti
This duel between Italian player Flavio Cipolla and Albano Olivetti from France at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Recanati seems to be wrongly priced by bookmakers and therefore represents nice option for a valuable tennis bet. The 29-year-old Flavio Cipolla is obviously the higher ranked and better known player out of these two as was ranked as high as world Nr. 70 in last season. He has already reached a third round of a Grand Slam event (2008 US Open) and won 5 ATP Challenger Tour events. Cipolla likes playing on red clay and slow hard courts and considers forehand his best shot. His current form is not exactly great as he has a 15-21 record in this season and finds himself ranked just outside the Top150. Albano Olivetti is a 21-year-old French player who surely can improve his ranking in next months and years. His best result came in Marseille last year, where he qualified for the main draw of an ATP Tour event for the first time in his career and shocked the former world Nr. 8 Mardy Fish. Olivetti is known for his powerful serves as he can serve at 160 mph and is one of the best servers in the game. He usually serves high number of aces every match and is also known for his high-risk tennis and often serves second serve with the speed of the first serve and this often results in second serve aces but also quite high number of double faults. "He puts pressure on you with his serve and that's what big servers do. He probably has one of the hardest serves I’ve ever played against. He hit me with a serve and I almost hurt my left wrist. I had a rough time with his serve, for sure. When he's down 15-40, he can come back with not only his first serve but his second serve - it's almost just as good." commented Fish. His serve and overall playing style is comparable to Ivo Karlovic, John Isner of fellow Frenchman Kenny De Schepper. Albano Olivetti considers hard courts his favourite surface and is definitely really hard to beat when his serve is working. Olivetti missed first five months of this tennis season due to injury and has just 7-6 record in 2013. He has defeated Olivo and Propoggia here in Recanati and did not lose his serve in any of these matches and hitting 40 aces. There is no doubt that Cipolla is clearly the better player from the baseline and should win most of the long rallies but it will be hard for him to break Olivetti´s serve and in addition Cipolla´s serve is more than attackable. All in all this match should be much closer than odds suggest and therefore odds 3.75 represent great value and a nice tennis bet.
Starting Time: 19 July 2013, 17:00 CET
Stake: 8 units
Bookmaker: Paddy Power
Olivetti def. Cipolla 67 63 76