Will the "Stanimal" continue his Rogers Cup run vs. the powerful Khachanov?
<div><p><strong>Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Karen Khachanov(6) </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/world/atp/atp-montreal-canada-men-singles/karen-khachanov-vs-stan-wawrinka-3865066/?mtid=126" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, August 7, Montreal </strong></a></p><p>It wasn't all too long ago that the former world no. 3, Stanislas Wawrinka, wasn't entirely sure he'd be back to playing professional tennis at the highest level. Back in August of 2017, the then 32-year-old Swiss was forced to accept the only solution left to him: Surgery. Wawrinka's left knee had long been bothering him and after undergoing two surgeries on it, coupled with grueling rehab for about 18 months, signs are there that the Swiss maestro could yet recapture his top form in 2019. The 3-time slam winner has shown glimpses of the past this season, making the Rotterdam final on indoor hard court, with Madrid and Roland Garros quarterfinal appearances on the red dirt.</p><p>The Swiss will face Karen Khachanov in the second round of Rogers Cup, and the Russian has been left wanting for consistency all year. After such a stellar year in 2018, culminating with a Paris Masters title and a career-high world no.8 ranking, the 23-year old could use a couple of deep runs at the tail end of the season. Karen made a racquet change from Wilson to Head at the start of the year, which didn't work out whatsoever, and he actually switched back just a few months later. The Russian's big hitting, imposing game backed by a humongous serve should fare well in these conditions, and Khachanov did make the semifinals of this event played in Toronto last year.</p><p>When at his best, "Stanimal" employs his powerful serve and groundstrokes to quickly take control of points, and possesses one of the finest one handed backhands in the game. The Swiss looked in great form in his first round victory over Grigor Dimitrov, whilst Khachanov comes in off a loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Washington and has yet to play a match here. Wawrinka leads the H2H 2-0, and with the Russian's inconsistencies this year, the veteran should take advantage. Pinnacle are quoting a 1.71 price for the "Stanimal" to emerge victorious here and would be our fancy in this tousle.</p><p><strong><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tip: Stanislas Wawrinka to win at 1.71 (71/100) with Pinnacle</a> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Belinda Bencic(11) vs. Julia Goerges </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/world/wta/wta-toronto-canada-women-singles/belinda-bencic-vs-julia-goerges-3864948/?mtid=126" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, August 7, Toronto </strong></a></p><p>Belinda Bencic returns to Toronto with very fond memories, as she shocked the world taking the title here as an 18-year old in 2015. It was a gargantuan effort, beating Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Simona Halep en route to the massively impressive title. After a very early top ten breakthrough, the 22-year struggled with injuries, but has once again looked strong this year. The Swiss is known as a bit of a giant killer, beating 8 out of the 12 top 10 players she's faced this year, 3 of them consecutively enroute to the Doha title back in January.</p><p>Her opposition won't be a top 10 opponent this time, although yet still a very talented player in Julia Goerges. The German has only gone 19-14 this year after going 47-24 in 2018, which does amount to a disappointing season in comparison. Around this time 12 months ago, Julia hit a career high ranking of world no.9, but has since dropped to her current ranking of 26. The 29-year withdrew from the clay court event in Lausanne just a few weeks ago with a forearm injury, but did manage to shake it off, at least enough to compete here. Julia's first round match was far from easy though, and she was made to work very hard to overcome Polona Hercog, who is usually more at home on the red clay.</p><p>Though Goerges indeed has a very powerful game, Bencic is a master at redirecting pace and using her opponents' power against them. The Swiss played incredibly well in her first round, dominating Anastasia Potapova 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour, winning over 70% of both first and second serve points. Potapova had to face 10 break points, yielding on five of them, whilst unable to create even a single one of her own. With the impressive form Belinda displayed in the first round, coupled with Goerges' patchy form over the course of this season, the youngster is fancied to win with a bit to spare. The -3.5 games handicap pays a fine 1.74 times the investment at Pinnacle, and looks a great approach for this one.</p><p><strong><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tip: Belinda Bencic -3.5 games handicap at 1.74 (37/50) with Pinnacle</a></strong></p></div>