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The Safety Net – Verdasco to end upsets of German Open wildcard

| 21.07.2011

Gael Monfils was a comfortable winner at the German Open yesterday and we are sticking with the clay-court tournament in Hamburg today in order to take our safety net bank balance above £400 for the first time.

Top-seed and French number one Monfils triumphed 6-4, 6-2 over Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos yesterday and we are expecting another underdog to be eliminated at the last-16 stage.

Young German wildcard Cedrik-Marcel Stebe has had a good run in Hamburg, eliminating recent Stuttgart victor Juan Carlos Ferrero and Nikolay Davydenko in the opening two rounds.

However, a third upset looks beyond the world 168 in front of his home crowd as he meets Fernando Verdasco for a spot in the quarter finals.

Verdasco is not only 146 places higher than Stebe in the world rankings but is also well rested, with the Hamburg event being his first tournament since Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Verdasco is unbeaten in his last 23 matches against players positioned between 100 and 200 in the world rankings, with six of these successes coming on clay.

Furthermore, Verdasco beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar comfortably in the last round and Andujar battered Stebe 6-2, 6-1 in Stuttgart last week.

Verdasco is 4/11 in the tennis odds to beat Stebe and to fulfil our duty of making £20 each day, we will be staking £55 on this victory.

Current Status
Bank: £381.50
Today’s stake: £55
Best case scenario: £401.50
Worst case scenario: £326.50

Last Safety Net bet: Gael Monfils to beat Albert Ramos at the German Open @ 1/4

Wealth warning: although we are confident the safety net bet’s strategy will be profitable over a period of time, the nature of sport means we cannot guarantee you will win every single time.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.