Can the "Prince of Clay" improve upon his hard court record with a huge top 10 win?
<div><div><p><strong>Daniil Medvedev(8) vs. Dominic Thiem(2)</strong><br /><em>Friday, August 9, Montreal</em><br /><br />There are many different ways to quantify success within the sport of tennis. One of them is amount of matches won. And it just so happens that no other player has won more matches on hard courts than Daniil Medvedev since the start of last year. The lanky Russian has put up a 65-22 record during this time period, with a 22-7 record only counting 2019. Standing at 198cm tall and equipped with a booming serve, the 23-year old plays a surprisingly gritty, defensive brand of tennis and oftentimes tries to outlast his opponent in grueling rallies. Daniil famously tried to beat World no.1 Novak Djokovic at his own game, at his trademark style of breaking opponents down, earlier in January at the Australian Open. It did win him a set, but burned him out shortly afterwards. Since then, the Russian has been the model of consistency, winning ATP Sofia, along with making the finals of Brisbane, Barcelona and Washington (the week before this tournament). These accomplishments have seen Medvedev breaking into the top 10, and now sits at a career high 8th in the ATP rankings.<br /><br />Dominic Thiem will stand in the 23-year old´s way in this quarterfinal, and the new world number 4 (career high) comes in full of confidence after finally lifting the title in his home tournament on the clay of Kitzbühel . The Austrian has firmly established himself as the "Prince of Clay" and by many regarded as the natural heir to Rafael "King of Clay" Nadal, whom he has a whopping four clay victories against. But Thiem has also worked hard in order to improve on other surfaces, and upset Roger Federer to lift his first Masters 1000 crown at Indian Wells earlier this year. The 25-year old has struggled to impose himself on the faster hard courts however, and came into this year´s Rogers cup with a 0-5 liftetime record. A losing streak he´s broken with two consecutive victories against tough opposition in Denis Shapovalov(34) and Marin Čilić(17). In these matches, Dominic has managed to play aggressive first strike tennis at the crucial moments, and managed to play his way to victory in two tight affairs. The confidence gained from that 250 title at altitude looks to have propelled the Austrian´s hard court game even further along and he´ll be a force to be reckoned with.<br /><br />While Medvedev hasn´t faced the same caliber of opponents as Thiem, the Russian has comfortably dispatched both Kyle Edmund and Christian Garin in straight sets. After a long week in hot conditions in Washington, the 23-year old looks fit enough to go deep again here. It´ll be a tough battle against a confident Austrian though, who´s won both H2H meetings, one 3 set win indoors in Saint Petersburg and one beatdown in the Barcelona final. It should be noted Medvedev was a shadow of himself in that match and this matchup should play out similarily to the competitive Saint Petersburg affair. Pinnacle are offering 1.85 for the match to contain at least 22.5 games, a very likely outcome in our eyes.<br /><br /><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Bet tip for the match: Over 22.5 games at 1.85 (17/20) with Pinnacle</strong></em></a></p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=164&a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&f=3" target="_top"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0003/1348572/WHC_27064_Updated-In-Play-Tennis-Insurance_1280x480NEW.jpg" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a><br /><br /><strong>Karolina Pliskova(3) vs. Bianca Andreescu</strong><br /><em>Friday, August 9, Toronto</em><br /><br />Karolina Plíšková can be compared to an unstoppable force of nature when on her game. The Czech has arguably the best serve in the women´s game, and the kind of easy, overwhelming power that leaves her competiors awestruck during matches. Leading the way on tour with 346 aces and 80.8% service games won, the 27-year old builds much of her game around that lethal serve and playing first strike tennis behind it. Whilst the former world no.1 and current no. 3 has always been one of the most respected on tour, Slam success has shockingly eluded the Czech player. Outside of these Majors however, Plíšková has been the model of consistency, and has picked up three titles this year, Brisbane, Eastbourne the Rome Masters. Karolina´s game really comes to life on the faster surfaces, hard courts being her forte, and she´s done well to battle through the spirited Alison Riske(36) and Anett Kontaveit(19) to get this far.<br /><br />Facing the Czech will be one of the brightest prospects in the women´s game, Bianca Vanessa Andreescu. The Canadian burst onto tour at the start of 2019, the then 107-ranked 18-year old making it all the way to an Auckland final as a qualifier. Andreescu then went on a dream run to capture the Indian Wells title, defeating the then world no.4 Angelique Kerber in the final. There are a lot of things to the 19-year old´s game that many players simply lack. She´s got the easy, penetrative power off both wings, the movement and defensive skills to run most balls down, whilst possessing the tennis IQ to change up play with slices or drop shots. On top of that, Bianca has extreme grit and determination, as shown by her stunning 9-0 record in three set matches this year, and a brilliant 5-0 record vs top 10 players. There were times at Indian Wells where the Canadian looked absolutely done for both physically and mentally, but like a true champion found a way to victory. Coming into this tournament, "Bibi" even had the highest win rate on the entire tour over the last 12 months on hard court (85.2%). A cruel shoulder injury unfortunately derailed her season in Miami, and Toronto marks her true comeback tournament after about 5 months off tour.<br /><br />While the world no.3 in Pliskova will go into this match as the favorite behind her powerful ballstriking , Andreescu has already established herself as a giant killer, with two 3-set victories already to her name in this tournament. Kiki Bertens was the latest top 5 scalp, moving her record to an unblemished 3-0 against the creme of the crop. The Czech will be incredibly tough to break as usual, but her Canadian opponent won´t yield easily. If Bianca holds up physically after a long layoff and two long matches, it´s tough to look past another epic clash here. The over 20.5 games pays 1.90 at Pinnacle, and looks a beauty at the price.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best tip for the match: Over 20.5 games at 1.90 (9/10) with Pinnacle</strong></em></a></p></div></div>