Rogers Cup Day 4 Best Tennis Bets


Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:58 AM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 6:58 AM UTC

Will Zverev enact revenge upon Basilashvili in a rematch of the Hamburg Semifinal?

<div><h2><strong>Nikoloz Basilashvili(13) vs. Alexander Zverev(3)</strong></h2><p><strong>Thursday, August 8, Montreal</strong><br /><br />Nikoloz Basilashvili, the temperamental Georgian. For much of his early years, he was quite literally a ticking bomb, waiting to explode. Nikoloz could either use his brilliant tennis talent to paint the lines with thundering groundstrokes, or paint the walls with overhit balls, cursing and displays of dismay. It took quite some time for the 27-year old to put it all together, but with the help of experienced coach Jan de Witt, results have started to come. Last summer, the Georgian won his maiden career title in ATP Hamburg as a qualifier, and backed that up with another one in Beijing. For much of this year, Basilashvili has struggled for consistency, but suddenly came to life to successfully defend his title a fortnight ago.<br /><br />Another player who´s struggled this year is his opponent, Alexander Zverev. The former world no.3 has had a tumultous time off the court, involved in a legal battle with former coach Patricio Apey. Zverev has also recently broken up with his coach Ivan Lendl, the former world no. 1 saying that the off court issues had become a hindrance. Earlier in the year, the 22-year old also broke up with girlfriend Olga Sharypova. Whilst weathering this off court storm, the German´s results on the court have suffered immensely. Double faults, unforced errors and passivity have plagued Sascha´s game for most of 2019, resulting in early exits in many of the clay tournaments, where Zverev had the second most points to defend behind only Rafael Nadal. As a result, the 22-year old has currently crashed out of the top 5 for the first time in almost 2 years.<br /><br />Both Basilashvili and Zverev impressed in defeating Jan-Lennard Struff and Cameron Norrie respectively, and this will be a rematch of the Hamburg 2019 semifinal. That was a bizarre 3-set match filled to the brim with unforced errors, in which Zverev was broken serving for the match and missed 4 match points. It is Basilashvili who plays with more confidence right now, and the title defence might have been a turning point for his season. Zverev was worryingly passive in the big moments in that Hamburg affair, and it´ll be a tough contest for the German. Nikoloz has already come back to win in three sets two times here, and though Sascha still leads the H2H 2-1, expect a tense, close struggle in this one. The over 22.5 games seems a shade low, and with Pinnacle offering 1.92 for that outcome, it is a shrewd investment for this one.</p><p><a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><strong><em>Best tip for the match: Over 22.5 games at 1.92 (23/25) with Pinnacle</em></strong></a></p><p><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3" target="_top"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>Sofia Kenin vs. Dayana Yastremska</strong></h2><p><strong>Thursday, August 8, Toronto</strong><br /><br />One of the players making big waves on the WTA tour has been a young American, 20-year old Sofia Kenin. The Russian born quickly moved to the United States, and picked up a tennis racquet at the age of five. Alex Kenin, her father and also her coach, quickly saw something big in his daughter. Sofia gathered accolades from very early on in her career and won a US Open Wild card at the age of 16. 2019 has been a stellar year for the American, after starting the year ranked 52 in the world, she´s now up to a career high of 27. Apart from picking up a doubles title, her maiden single title came in Hobart without dropping a set, and a second one in Mallorca just before Wimbledon. Kenin has a lovely game, filled with power, grit and determination. Such a game can take you very far, as we saw when the 20-year old eliminated Serena Williams at Roland garros. Or yesterday, where world number 1 Ashleigh Barty tasted defeat by the hands of an American who relishes the big moments.<br /><br />Her opponent will be a fellow young star, Dayana Yastremska. The 19-year old Ukrainian was also a very promising junior who ranked no. 6, finished second at the 2016 Wimbledon Girls Championship, and won her first pro title when she was only 15 years of age that same year. Yastremska has been a meteoric riser on tour, and quickly broke into the top 100 with a maiden WTA title in Hong Kong to end last year at world no. 60. This year has been even better, with two titles already to the Ukrainian´s name, one on the hard courts of Hua Hin, the other on the red dirt of Strasbourg. Dayana is a beautiful ballstriker off both wings, and can produce ridiculous winners from almost anywhere on the court. Though still young, the 19-year old´s serve can be a weakness to be exploited. 10th in double faults on tour this year with 161 is not a pretty number, and will get Yastremska into big trouble against the better returners on tour, of which Kenin is one.<br /><br />Yastremska has been able to return very aggressively in both of her matches, powering through 13th seed Johanna Konta and Viktoria Azarenka in straight sets. Kenin came from 4-1 down vs. the crafty Hsieh Su-Wei and prevailed in straight sets, and showed great mettle to come from a set down to take down world number 1 Ashleigh Barty. While both young players are incredibly powerful, Kenin has the more complete game, with fewer holes to exploit. Yastremska has already hit 18 double faults in her first two matches, and against the in-form American, she cannot afford those kind of mistakes. Kenin looks set to continue her success here, and at odds of 1.90 at Pinnacle looks a great play in this contest.</p><p><a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best tip for the match: Sofia Kenin to win at 1.90 (9/10) with Pinnacle</strong></em></a></p></div>
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