The Safety Net – Top seed Monfils to march to opening Hamburg win

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Gael Monfils returns to his favourite surface today for the first round of the biggest clay-court tournament left this season and seems far too good to turn down for the safety net bet.

Pint Size was our latest winner yesterday when he scored by a cosy 12 lengths at Southwell and this victory took our bank balance over the £360 mark.

There were three fancied options for the safety net bet today, with James Wade likely to beat Mark Walsh in the second round of the Darts World Matchplay and All The Winds expected to hand Tony McCoy another winner in the horse racing at Worcester.

However, Monfils looks the slightly safer option at the German Open in Hamburg, which is a tournament where he is the top seed.

Monfils will be looking for a confidence-boosting run in the tournament to build some form ahead of the US Open next month and this represents his final event before moving onto his hard-court preparation.

The French number one begins in Hamburg against Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who is making a rare appearance away from the Challenger Tour.

Although not without talent on clay, Ramos-Vinolas is unlikely to be able to live with Monfils and the world-ranked number seven should have little trouble breezing through in straight sets against the left-hander.

Monfils is 4/6 in the tennis odds to win in straight sets, but the safer option is to take the 1/4 that he simply secures victory.

We will be staking £80 on a Monfils win in order to fulfil our daily aim of making £20.

Current Status
Bank: £361.50
Today’s stake: £80
Best case scenario: £381.50
Worst case scenario: £281.50

Last Safety Net bet: Pint Size to win 18:30 Southwell @ 1/2

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.

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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.