Rogers Cup: Day 1 Tennis Best Bets

OM Staff

Sunday, August 4, 2019 8:46 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 8:46 PM UTC

Paire or Gasquet? Who will win this all-French affair in Montreal?
<div><h2>Benoit Paire vs. Richard Gasquet</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Benoit Paire vs. Richard Gasquet Odds Board"><strong>Monday, August 5, Montreal </strong></a></p><p>We're in for a potential treat as two illustrious frenchmen in Benoît Paire(28) and Richard Gasquet(66) duke it out for a spot in round 2. Paire, well known for his emotional outbursts and attitude on court, has been focusing profoundly on his tennis this year. This has yielded great results for the former world no. 18, who has already won two titles in 2019, taking home both ATP Marrakech and Lyon during a brilliant spell on the red clay. Benoît has always been a supreme talent, and when showing committment to his craft, the 30-year old will be a dangerous opponent on all surfaces, despite his general preference being the red dirt.</p><p>He'll be facing fellow countryman Richard Gasquet in this contest, and the former world no. 7 with 15 ATP titles to his name is far from the man he once was. The 33-year old has always been quite frail physically, and as a result has had his career derailed by multiple injuries. The latest one was a hernia injury which Gasquet underwent surgery for in January this year. An injury that subsequently kept the Frenchman out of action for 5 months, before making his competitive return at Marrakech in May. Besides a good spell on the grass in Hertogenbosch, where the world no. 66 made the semifinals, results have been hard to come by for the elegant 33-year old.</p><p>Paire comes into the tournament in decent form, having made the quarterfinals on the hard courts of ATP Washington, defeating no.5 seed John Isner along the way. Gasquet on the other hand, just lost convincingly to Philipp Kohlschreiber in Kitzbühel on clay. The veteran must now switch both surfaces and continents on short notice, leaving him with little time to prepare. Though the older frenchman dominates the H2H record with a 6-1 lead, he is not the force of the past, whilst Paire has been playing inspired tennis this season. Pinnacle are currently offering 1.79 (79/100) on Paire's moneyline, and would be <a href="" target="_blank" title="Tennins Betting Tips">our recommended wager for this matchup.</a></p><p><strong>Tip:</strong> Benoît Paire to win at 1.79 (79/100) with <a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Pinnacle</a>.</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2> </h2><h2>Maria Sharapova (WC) vs. Anett Kontaveit (16)</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Maria Sharapova vs. Anett Kontaveit Odds Board"><strong>Monday, August 5, Toronto </strong></a></p><p>Out of the many mouth watering round 1 matchups in Toronto, one of them focuses on one of the biggest names in the women´s game, Maria Sharapova(81), making her return. The former world no. 1, with 36 single titles and 5 Grand Slam titles to her name, has struggled with a shoulder injury which has limited the Russian to only 11 matches this year. After retiring at Wimbledon at the brink of elimination to Pauline Parmentier, Sharapova has spent 2 weeks of her summer training at the well respected coach Riccardo Piatti´s summer camp. The 32-year old is said to have worked on the technical parts of her game, and both parties seemed very satisfied with their training together.</p><p>The Russian will match up against the Estonian Anett Kontaveit(19), who has struggled mightily since making the WTA Stuttgart final at the end of April. Since then, the 23-year old hasn't made it past round 3 in her six subsequent tournaments, three of them being first round exits. Kontaveit, who is at home both on clay and on hard courts, played well on the earlier hard court swing this year. She made the Indian Wells Round 16 and Miami semifinals, only losing to elite opposition in Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty, the latter who went on to win the tournament. In order to avoid another early exit, the Estonian must quickly look to recapture that sort of form, especially when facing up against one of the legends of the game.</p><p>Sharapova has been practising rigorously over the summer, and should come into this tournament confident, but most importantly fully fit. It is the Russian who won the lone H2H meeting between the pair in straight sets, on the red dirt of Stuttgart in 2017. Kontaveit is a player that can quickly lose confidence in herself if things doesn't go her way, and if the 23-year old doesn't start well in this match, the Russian will punish her. Pinnacle is currently offering 1.72 (18/25) on Sharapova's <a href="" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds">moneyline</a>, which would be our recommended approach to this particular matchup.</p><p><strong>Tip: </strong>Maria Sharapova to win at 1.72 (18/25) with <a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Pinnacle</a>.</p></div>
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