Olympic Tennis Best Bets for July 27

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Olympic tennis has proven to be fun and unpredictable so far this year with several huge upsets and exciting three-set matches. We've seen the top two seeds in the Women's draw go down while Marin Cilic almost blew a 5-0, 40-0 lead — something that is flat-out unheard of.

More excitement is sure to ensue on Tuesday, and I've got some ways to get in on the action below.

Ugo Humbert (+310) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (-450)

This match is sure to be a cracking affair between two fast-rising, talented young tennis players. Tsitsipas comes in off two important wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Frances Tiafoe in the first two rounds which helped him reclaim his form while Humbert should be brimming with confidence following a comeback win over the talented Miomir Kecmanovic.

Both have plenty to prove in Tokyo, with Tsitsiaps falling off the insane pace he was on early in the season and Humbert going through a slump after ascending up the rankings in 2020. We know the Greek is one who rises to the occasion in international play as evidenced by his high level in the ATP Cup over the last two years, and this summer we've seen Humbert show an edge in his first taste of international play.

Both men should come in playing aggressive tennis and I don't anticipate many breaks between the two early on. Humbert has a massive serve that always seems to get him out of trouble, but his returning leaves a lot to be desired and Tsitsipas has been serving very well on top of that.

This should be a very tight match, and I think the line is far too disrespectful to Humbert following a very solid month of tennis. I'm backing him to keep things close.

Edge: Humbert +3.5 Games

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Ilya Ivashka (+155) vs. Kei Nishikori (-200)

Ivashka has had an absolutely insane middle of the season for a player who did little to prove himself over the first seven or so years of his career, rising into the top 70 in the world. He's done it behind his huge serve and powerful groundstrokes, and his road to the third round has been an impressive one with wins over solid hardcourt players in Gael Monfils and Mikail Kukushkin.

The line has moved significantly in Nishikori's favor, and I'd be willing to bet that's because of his early win over Andrey Rublev, and poor seasons from Monfils and Kukushkin. The level from the latter two was very high, and as it pertains to Rublev, he's in the midst of a slump, putting together some puzzling results this summer.

I think the way that the public and oddsmakers are rating the form of these two is all wrong; Ivashka should be given a very good chance to win here given he's been almost unstoppable all year long. I think he will pull the upset here.

Edge: Ilya Ivashka +155

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