After a perfect Wednesday, we’ll see plenty of excitements at the ATP Masters in Montreal on Thursday night. However, it means a tough job for the bettors, but we still have a few betting tips and picks for today’s matches.
Alexander Zverev seeks a payoff
Just two weeks ago, Nikoloz Basilashvili defeated Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the ATP 500 in Hamburg. Nikoloz won the third-set tiebreak to reach the final where he retained the title, so I think Zverev will be highly motivated to bounce back and get a payoff in Montreal.
Basilashvili dropped a set in each of his previous two matches at the Canada Masters, while Zverev opened with a straight-set victory over Cameron Norrie in the second round. Zverev struggled for most of the match, saving a set point in the opener and breaking Norrie’s serve just once.
Zverev’s inconsistency could be a problem here, so I wouldn’t take him to win in straight sets. Basilashvili is a great fighter, but I think Zverev will win this battle on a hard court at 1.45 odds. Also, Zverev defeated Basilashvili twice on a hard court without dropping a set.
Nadal should stop Pella; Medvedev looks for another victory
The top seed and reigning champ Rafael Nadal is a massive fave to beat in-form Guido Pella, and World No. 2 should finish the job in straight sets. Pella has been playing well lately, but he couldn’t win a set in three meetings with Nadal.
Daniil Medvedev plays Cristian Garin who upset John Isner in straight sets in the previous round. Medvedev is enjoying a good season, and he reached the championship match in Washington last week, so I expect the Russian to outplay Garin, especially on a hard court.
Elsewhere, we’ll see some very interesting matches that look pretty tough to bet on. The action starts at 18:00 CET with the clash between the 14th seed Marin Cilic and the 2nd seed Dominic Thiem. Cilic has improved over the last few weeks and certainly stands a chance against World No. 4.
The 6th seed Karen Khachanov plays the 18-year old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, and I wouldn’t be surprised with at least one tiebreak here. The 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut could have a tricky job against Richard Gasquet, but the Spaniard easily won their previous H2H duel in Halle back in June.
Finally, Adrian Mannarino takes on the 7th seed Fabio Fognini, while Hubert Hurkacz faces off against the 16th seed Gael Monfils, and I would avoid these two matches. Stay tuned for more betting tips and picks from Montreal, as the quarterfinals are set for Friday, August 9, 2019.