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Stan Wawrinka vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Dolgopolov vs. Wawrinka
Date & Time Thursday June 1, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Wawrinka -516 / Dolgopolov +416 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
Tennis, NBC
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Tennis | Dolgopolov vs. Wawrinka
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Stan Wawrinka and Alexandr Dolgopolov meet in the second round of the 2017 French Open.

Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Jozef Kovalik that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 70 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka is coming off a match in which he crushed his service game and produced 38 winners. Wawrinka has now won eight of his last nine sets played and that's a great sign for somebody who usually gets off to slow starts in tournaments. Wawrinka has been bounced before the third round of a grand slam just once since 2015. Wawrinka looks for his 10th third round appearance in the French Open. Wawrinka has won his last five matches on clay court.

Alexandr Dolgopolov is coming off a straight sets win over Carlos Berlocq that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Dolgopolov won 84 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Dolgopolov managed to hit 49 winners in his opening round match, but he has to be much more effective with his second serve if he's going to pull off an upset here. Still, the shotmaking of Dolgopolov gives him a chance if he can continue hitting his spots. Dolgopolov has four wins over top-10 players since 2015 and 10 for his career. Dolgopolov looks for his first third round appearance in a grand slam since the 2014 Wimbledon. Dolgopolov hasn't made the third round of the French Open since 2011. Dolgopolov has lost four of his last six matches on clay court.

These two have played three times in the past and Dolgopolov has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 Miami Masters, a match Dolgopolov won in straight sets. Wawrinka’s only win over Dolgopolov came in the 2012 US Open. This will be their second true meeting on clay.

The head to head doesn't mean much considering they haven't played in three years and Wawrinka is a far better player than he was then. Dolgopolov just doesn't have much grand slam success in his career and is playing somebody who is in great form and has won five straight matches rather easily. If Wawrinka got off to a slow start again, I’d consider the upset, but he's clearly dialed in early this time around.

Easy matchup here.

Pick:
Stan Wawrinka

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