The first round of the Western & Southern Open concludes in the ATP Cincinnati event on Tuesday, while the second round of the latest Masters 1000 event gets underway on a busy day of action out in America.
That means we get to see the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in action across the complex on Tuesday while there are some tasty looking matches on the schedule throughout the day too.
It was a quiet day in terms of the singles matches out in Cincinnati but there were shocks and surprises along the way. Marin Cilic was the first big name casualty when he was beaten by Radu Albot while Felix Auger-Aliassime was then dumped out by Miomir Kecmanovic. The big match of the day saw Andy Murray beaten in straight sets on his comeback to the singles court.
It was a good day for us betting wise though with Reilly Opelka and Borna Coric going into a third set which meant that the 24.5 game line was always getting covered even though the individual sets were not as tight as we expected. That was our only bet on the day so it was a good start to the tournament for us.
It is the men who get us underway on the main court on Tuesday and it is the pick of the first round matches that entertains us to begin with. That sees Stan Wawrinka taking on Grigor Dimitrov in a battle of two men who are looking to get back to former glories. There is then a women’s match after which the world number one Novak Djokovic will begin his quest for another title when he takes on Sam Querrey in the other day match in the men’s draw. There is a men’s match in the night session too which sees Roger Federer going up against Juan Ignacio Londero.
We have to wait a little while for the action to begin on the second court in terms of men’s matches. Once a women’s match has concluded there is an entertaining looking first round clash between Gael Monfils and Frances Tiafoe taking to the court and then after a couple more women’s matches the men’s play on this court concludes in the night session when Pablo Carreno Busta takes on John Isner in a match which is likely to have plenty of big hitting in it.
It is a first round match which we have a lot of attention on which gets the action started on the third court on Tuesday when David Goffin goes up against our pre-tournament pick Taylor Fritz, whose chances of a deep run intensified on Monday when Rafael Nadal pulled out of his quarter. Denis Shapovalov was also the beneficiary of a withdrawal as his first round opponent Fabio Fognini pulled out which means the Canadian will play the lucky loser Joao Sousa in the second match of the day instead. The third game of the afternoon sees the Montreal finalist Daniil Medvedev going up against Kyle Edmund for the second week in succession.
Best of the Rest
There are a couple of decent names and matches out on the outer parts of the complex with Hubert Hurkacz and Roberto Bautista Agut offering up an interesting match while Alex de Minaur is also on the schedule too. Fernando Verdasco, Diego Schwartzman and Nikoloz Basilashvili are all leading names who are in first round action around the grounds as well on a day packed with quality and good looking games.
I’ll go with a couple of bets over the course of the day on Tuesday with the first of them coming right out of the gun as I like Taylor Fritz to beat David Goffin. I highlighted the credentials of the American in the outright preview and he arrives here in good touch even allowing for his first round exit last week. David Goffin hasn’t won a match since Wimbledon which isn’t the greatest form guide and with the Cincinnati courts looking on the fast side that is only going to play into the hands of the American it has to be said. I like Fritz in this one.
We have to take a leap of faith on the fitness of Gael Monfils but he was seen practicing on Monday so that could be a risk worth taking because he is clearly in good form having made the semi-finals in Montreal before pulling out with injury. I suspect the schedule had a little to do with that withdrawal so I’m hoping the Frenchman is fine here. If he is he should beat a Frances Tiafoe who has barely won a match since Madrid much earlier in the year. He looks to be low in confidence and so if Monfils is fit the even money could look an absolute steal here.
Back T.Fritz to beat D.Goffin for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with William Hill
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Back G.Monfils to beat F.Tiafoe for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Betway