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Tuesday Tennis: The Rogers Cup
Live coverage on Sky Sports 2 from 4.00pm
With just three weeks to go until the final Grand Slam of 2014 gets underway in New York, some of the world’s top stars are currently in Canada fighting for one of the most important Masters events of the year.
While the women play in Montreal, the men are in Toronto battling it out to win the 125th Canadian Open. The added incentive of winning the tournament in such a memorable year is bound to increase the heat in Canada and we should be in for some cracking action over the coming days.
Bring it on.
Who Will Succeed King Rafa?
Following the withdrawal of defending champion Rafael Nadal, due to a wrist injury, there will be a new name on the Men’s trophy in 2014 and there are plenty of genuine contenders who will hope to lift the trophy on Sunday.
Wimbledon finalists Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will both be hopeful of winning the year’s fourth Grand Slam in America next month and will each be pinpointing this week’s tournament in Canada as the perfect opportunity to build momentum ahead of the US Open, which begins in just 20 days time.
Those two seeds, along with six others have received byes into round two and will not join the action until Wednesday. Britain’s Andy Murray is also amongst those eight privileged players and the Scottish star could be set to meet Djokovic in the quarter-final stage.
The action actually got underway on Monday and Croatia’s Marin Cilic is one of the names to have already sealed his place in the second round. Elsewhere French duo Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame tricky first round encounters to book a second round meeting – the winner will probably face Djokovic in the next stage.
There will be plenty of thrills and spills over the coming days. Strap yourselves in for a rollercoaster ride.
Youhzny & Simon Amongst Those In Action On Tuesday
The action may have started on Monday but the better opening round match-ups all take place on Tuesday.
There are a couple of mouth watering ties on offer, the majority of which are more than capable of going the full distance. France’s Gilles Simon faces Dominic Thiem whilst Mikhail Youhzny takes on Fabio Fognini. Both of those matches have the potential to be thoroughly entertaining contests and it really could be the toss of a coin to decide the outcome.
Over in Montreal, Venus Williams will be hoping to avoid the potential banana skin posed by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Meanwhile Caroline Wozniacki will be looking to build momentum ahead of the US Open starting with victory over Daniela Hantuchova.
As with the Men’s event in Toronto, the majority of big name stars don’t enter the competition until round two. Included in the top seeds is defending champ Serena Williams, who could yet meet her older sister in the last four.
There are plenty of noteworthy matches on Tuesday in both Toronto and Montreal. It should warm us up nicely for the latter stages.
Rogers Cup: Day 2 Betting
With defending champ Rafael Nadal nursing an injury, the road is seemingly paved for Novak Djokovic to reclaim the crown which he won in both 2012 and 2013.
The Serbian star is still on cloud nine following his incredible win at Wimbledon and if he plays to his optimum level then nobody will prevent him from lifting his fourth title here. In our eyes, only Federer or Murray can pose a genuine threat to the World No.2.
Novak Djokovic to win outright is 6/5 with SkyBet
As for Tuesday’s action one of the highlights for us is the match involving teen hotshot Nick Krygios. The Australian sensation emerged as a hero at Wimbledon and whilst the change in surface may hinder him slightly, it is hard to not get excited by this future star.
He faces the experienced and talented Colombian Santiago Giraldo on Tuesday and will enter as the slight underdog. However, we’ve already seen him pull out a surprise or two this summer and he won’t be at all worried about this encounter. We’re backing him to book a place in round two against Murray.
Nick Krygios to beat Santiago Giraldo is Evens with Bet365
We’re also going for this Tuesday acca, which combines selections from matches in both Toronto and Montreal.
Ana Ivanovic 2-0; Enests Gulbis 2-0; Jack Sock to win; Samantha Stosur to win pays 3.47/1 with Bet365