Toronto Masters: Rogers Cup 2nd Round

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The Wolf made it back to back winning days to start the Toronto Masters but it could have been an absolute fill-up. One of his outsider picks, Donaldson ($2.50), was up a set before his opponent retired. To make things worse his roughie of the day Mikhail Youzhny ($5.00) served for the first set before losing it in a breaker and was then up 3-0 in the second before also blowing a set point. Frustrations aside The Wolf still managed to turn a profit and says the morning matches will yield more winners for his followers.

Feature Previews

Marin Cilic v Ivo Karlovic
Karlovic is red hot at the moment and after dropping the opening set to Fritz in his opening match he came back strong by putting on yet another serving clinic. He made close to 70% of his first serves and thundered down a total of 29 aces. He now faces fellow countryman Marin Cilic in a match where we could see the players combine for over 50 aces. The pair have met twice on hard courts with a win a piece. It should come as no surprise that there was a tiebreaker in each of those matches and with Karlovic serving the way he has been it is hard to see Cilic breaking him. The former US Open champion has had a month off since his semi final loss to Federer at Wimbledon and you can be sure that he will need close to half a set to adjust to the court and the pace of the Karlovic serve. The first set in 5 of the last 8 Karlovic matches has been settle via a tiebreaker and that trend will extend to 6 in 9.
Tip: 1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($1.75)

Grigor Dimitrov v Denis Shapovalov
The poor form of Grigor Dimitrov continues. He needed three very tough sets to get past the 107th ranked Sugita and now faces a young man full of confidence. Shapovalov found himself at 0-40 in his first service game against Kyrgios and after managing to hold he went on to put a show in front of the sellout crowd. As a lefty he will continuously look to get into the backhand of Dimitrov and it will also help him protect his weakness. The Bulgarian rarely hits his backhand down the line and going cross court will send the ball right into the Shapovalov forehand. He requested to be on centre court for his opening match and will get identical conditions in this one. The Wolf has had huge question marks over the mental state of Dimitrov when on court and with a record that reads 3-8 in his last 11 we have to back Shapovalov both with the start and outright.
Tip: Shapovalov +3.5 ($2.00)

Rogers Cup – 1st Round Tips
Match Tips
Isner v Harrison  Isner -3.5 ($1.91)
Novikov v Nishikori  Score after 2 games Nishikori 2-0 ($3.40)
Polansky v Stepanek  Sets Stepanek 2-0 ($2.00)
Pouille v Ram  Over 22.5 games ($1.83)
Querrey v Goffin  Goffin -1.5 ($1.73)
Thiem v Anderson  Thiem WIN ($1.57)
Diez v Tomic  Over 20.5 games ($1.91)
Djokovic v Muller  Over 20.5 games ($1.91)
Cilic v Karlovic  1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($1.75)
Donaldson v Fognini  Donaldson WIN ($2.90)
Sock v Young  Sets Sock 2-1 ($3.60)
Monfils v Posposil  Monfils -3.5 ($1.73)
Raonic v Yen-Hsun Lu  Over 21.5 games ($1.83)
Dimitrov v Shapovalov  Shapovalov +3.5 ($2.00)

Feature Previews: 2-2
Tuesday: 7-5
Tuesday ROI: 111.08%
Overall: 13-9
Overall ROI: 108.73%