Tennis bet of the day: Back Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut to keep France alive in the Davis Cup final

Leye Aduloju in Tips 24 Nov 2018
  • Tennis bet of the day for Saturday, 24 November
  • Back Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut to win Saturday's doubles' rubber, and keep France alive in the Davis Cup final
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Davis Cup final between France and Croatia continues on Saturday, while Challenger tournaments in Andria and Pune hit the home stretch- we have selected our best bets of the day!

Pierre-Hugues Herbert/ Nicolas Mahut to beat Mate Pavic/ Ivan Dodig, Davis Cup Final, live from Lille from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT

France face a must-win doubles rubber in the Davis Cup final against Croatia, and I think Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will just about keep the hosts above water, and push this tie into Sunday (even though I don’t think they have any chance of overturning this -2 deficit!)

Herbert and Mahut have become one of the most recognizable doubles’ pair on the ATP World Tour in the last few years. The won two titles in 2018- one of them, a very popular triumph at Roland Garros, pushing their Grand Slam tally to three. The pair also reached the final of the Nitto ATP Finals, falling to Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after failing to convert match point. They have also played six Davis Cup doubles rubbers as a pair, winning five of them. There is a clear chemistry and understanding between the two, which is why I think they will beat the Croatians on Saturday. Croatia have the No. 4 doubles player in the world, in Mate Pavic (he was No. 1 at some point this year), but he is 0-4 in Davis Cup rubbers (0-3 in doubles). His partner, Ivan Dodig is a lot more experienced, with a 13-14 record in Davis Cup doubles matches, but I think the French have the edge here- considering the aforementioned chemistry, the desperation of the situation and the form they showed in their most recent outing in London.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran to beat Elias Ymer, Pune Challenger Final, live from Pune from 6:00pm local time, 12:30pm GMT

Prajnesh Gunneswaran has been an anthem on bet of the day since the start of the week, and as long as he continues to give, there is no reason to stop backing him, especially now that there's just one match left! Gunneswaran dropped his first set of the tournament on Friday, but last week's Bangalore champion was still too good for top seed, Radu Albot, coming through in three to extend his winning streak to nine matches.

Sweden’s Elias Ymer has also been playing very well lately, winning nine of his last 10 matches, but he’s hard to work harder in his last couple of matches, needing three sets to get past Sebastian Fanselow and Brayden Schnur. Ymer defeated Gunneswaran during the French Open qualifiers earlier this year, and form-wise, the Swede represents the Indian’s biggest challenge so far this week, but Gunneswaran, at 1/1 to win, is definitely worth the punt.

Ugo Humbert to beat Kevin Krawietz, Adrian Challenger Semi-Final, live from Andria from 4:00pm local time/ 3:00pm GMT

Top seed, Ugo Humbert seeks his sixth Challenger final of an outstanding season when he takes on Germany’s Kevin Krawietz in Andria on Saturday.

It’s been a superb season for the 20-year-old Humbert, who has claimed Challenger titles in Segovia and Ortisei, and made finals in Gatineau, Granby and Cassis, breaking into the top 100 as a result. There was a momentary blip just before Andria, when he lost four straight matches, one of which was to Adrian Mannarino at the Paris Masters, but he has got back to winning ways this week, beating Goncalo Oliveira, Uladzimir Ignatik and Sergiy Stakhovsky (6-0 6-4) in his best performance of the week. Saturday’s opponent, Krawietz is yet to make a Challenger final this year, with his best being semi-finals in Pullach and Rome, and I don’t think he will better that against Humbert on Saturday. Krawietz’s road to the semis has been very rocky- he required two tie breaks to get through his opening round against Gianluca Mager, while he has needed final set tie breaks to navigate the subsequent two rounds. He’s expended plenty of physical and emotional energy to get this far, and I don’t think he will have enough left in the tank to survive against the tournament’s top seed on Saturday.

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