Thursday Tennis: The Rogers Cup
After three days of cracking action in Montreal and Toronto, we are now approaching the latter stages of both the Men’s and Women’s Canada Open events and should be in for some sensational matches over the coming days.
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With a six-figure prize fund on offer to the winner of each tournament at stake, as well as the chance to build momentum ahead of the US Open, every player involved will be desperate to run out victorious in Canada?
Who will get their names on those highly sought trophies?
Andy Murray and Heather Watson Reach Third Round
British hopefuls Andy Murray and Heather Watson have successfully navigated their way through to the third round stage of their respective tournaments and the pair will each be optimistic heading into Thursday’s action.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Murray had received a bye into round two as a virtue of being a top eight seed and got his Rogers Cup campaign off to a flyer by despatching upcoming Australian sensation Nick Kyrgios in under an hour.
Murray has already ruled Canada twice, with back-to-back wins in 2009 and 2010, and would love to complete the hat-trick in the 125th edition of the event.
Meanwhile, Watson caused an upset in round two by overcoming No.10 seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets to book a third round meeting with Belarusian star Victoria Azarenka, who got her week off to a winning start against France’s Alize Cornet.
The British woman probably won’t go all the way in Montreal but beating the No.8 seed would be another huge scalp. It could be another fantastic day for the vastly improving Watson.
Djokovic v Tsonga
Arguably the biggest match on Thursday sees three-time winner Novak Djokovic take on France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in what should be a thoroughly entertaining contest.
The French powerhouse may be a little short of Djokovic’s ability but the 29-year-old is more than capable of pushing the Serbian all the way, especially over three sets. Tsonga will be confident after seeing the Wimbledon champion drop a set against fellow French star Gael Monfils and Thursday’s encounter promises to be a fascinating affair.
Elsewhere in the Men’s event, Feliciano Lopez faces Tomas Berdych whilst Roger Federer is up against Croatia’s Marin Cilic.
Over in Montreal, Shelby Rogers reward for upsetting Eugenie Bouchard is a third round clash with Caroline Wozniacki and the American qualifier will be hopeful of defying the odds once more. Winning on Thursday night could potentially set up a quarter-final clash with No.1 seed Serena Williams, who faces Luice Safarova.
Meanwhile Venus looks to shock Germany’s Angelique Kerber in what could be the game of the round from the WTA event. It should be another fantastic night of tennis in Canada and should set us up nicely for the last eight encounters on Friday.
Rogers Cup: Day 4 Betting
Having seen our original pick drop out of the Montreal event at the first hurdle, we are now backing Agnieszka Radwanska to reign supreme in Canada.
The No.3 seed has started the week in great form and could be difficult to beat in Montreal.
As far as Thursday is concerned we’re looking to Andy Murray, who faces Frenchman Richard Gasquet for a place in the quarter-final.
The Brit was particularly impressive in Wednesday’s triumph over Kyrgios and we expect him to enjoy similar levels of ease in his bid to reach the last eight.
We’re also on this four-fold, comprised of matches in both Montreal and Toronto.