Bet Of The Day November 9

Andrew Hendrie:
Bet Of The Day November 9

The Round 1 match between Stefano Travaglia and Nikoloz Basilashvili at the ATP Sofia Open features as’s best bet for Monday November 8.

Bet Of The Day November 9 – read on below for our reasoning behind today’s best bet.

One week ago we were successful with backing Jan-Lennard Struff to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili with a -5 games handicap and we’re confident the embattled Georgian will be on the wrong end of the scoreline once again in Sofia as he gears up to play what should be the final match of a nightmare season.

Basilashvili has lost his last eight matches on the bounce dating back to February – and even more shockingly, dropped his last 18 sets during that period. Indeed, he hasn’t won a set since before the global health pandemic struck.

Suffice to say it’s been a woeful run of form for Basilashvili, who is also dealing with very serious off-court allegations from his ex-partner. He lost 6-4 6-2 to Struff in Paris last week and is nowhere near his best tennis.

Travaglia hasn’t been setting the world on fire either, but he’s playing much better than his opponent, recently making the third round of the French Open – going down to eventual champion Rafael Nadal – and qualifying for the main draw of Paris last week, falling to Alex de Minaur.

The Italian doesn’t have many weapons, but he is a dogged competitor and gets a lot of balls back, which will frustrate Basilashvili, who doesn’t have the patience or mentality right now to dig in for long baseline exchanges.

There’s absolutely nothing to suggest that Basilashvili is ready to turn things around in his last tournament of the season, so we’re confident Travaglia can prevail in straight sets and condemn the Georgian to his ninth consecutive loss.

Key Points

  • Basilashvili has lost his last eight matches
  • Basilashvili has lost his last 18 sets dating back to February
  • Travaglia has won back-to-back matches at four of his last six tournaments at all levels