Battle of the Minnows
Without Novak Djokovic the underdogs of tennis have a chance to impress and shock in Houston. This tournament, being a lot more unpredictable, means much better odds- great for us! But the quality will still be high as these players look to break into the group of the world’s best.
A strong start to the year featuring a final shows a potential of bright prospects for the Spaniard. This could be his breakthrough tournament and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him lift the crown. John Isner, Fernando Verdasco and many more stand in his way to the final but he is in form and confident, with nothing to lose. That is a great set of credentials in a tennis player. He could make the final at least and who knows he could win it! He knows the turf appearing in a previous semi-final and he can make it one better this time.
The South-African with the huge serve and massive frame to go with it, has made a modest start to 2015 but he could really kick on quite like Lopez. There were glimpses in his game against Murray that suggested this could be his time. He has an extremely fortunate draw and is the stand out player in his half. I’m not sure how he would fare in the final but he should walk to the final providing there are no upsets. Bautista Agut will be the only threat and then he could come up against our other tip, Lopez..