Aljaz Bedene v Benoit Paire: Paire to win – 11/10
The flamboyant Frenchman Benoit Paire is a big favourite in Power Tower as he is constantly one of the most entertaining/frustrating players on tour to watch.
He possesses a great skill set yet is sometimes let down by the top two inches. Paire was very unlucky to miss out on the final in Pune last week, only just losing to Kevin Anderson in three sets in the semis.
Conversely, Bedene is a solid, yet unspectacular player who is well used to grinding out a win or two. He’d be your quintessential British player really, if he didn’t switch his allegiance back to Slovenia in December that us.
He was shaded by Thiem last week in straight sets. Expect a close matchup here with their head-to-head record currently standing at 2-2, but if Paire keeps striking it like last week he should edge it out. Benoit to win at 11/10 is the money bet here – Allez les Bleus!
John Millman v Gilles Muller: Millman to win 2-0 in sets – 7/4
We are siding with the in-form Aussie in this one as John Millman has won seven of his last eight matches, with his only loss coming in a three-set thriller to the highly rated Grigor Dimitrov last week in Brisbane.
In contrast, Muller has lost three on the bounce and seems a bit rusty at this early stage of the season.
Millman won their most recent head-to-head and with Muller’s usually lethal service game is a bit off, there looks to be good value in him winning this one in straight sets at 7/4.
Yulia Putintseva v Lesia Tsurenko: Tsurenko to win 2-0 in sets – 5/4
We like the way Lesia Tsurenko has been playing so far in 2018, having already beaten two decent players in Tímea Babos and Australian Open dark horse Ashleigh Barty in straight sets.
Yulia Putintseva had a good win over Naomi Osaka in the round of 32, but the pocket rocket Kazakhstani has only won three times since September and is still a bit away from regaining the promising form which she is capable of.
Tsurenko in straight sets at 5/4 is worth a cheeky punt here.