ATP Montreal Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions
The Coupe Rogers takes place over the next week, as the world’s top players gather for the sixth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season. In what should be a fantastic week of tennis in Montreal, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer enter the event as the top two seeds, following their impressive seasons so far. This has been an event dominated since 2004 by the ‘Big Four’ of tennis, with twelve of the thirteen years being won by one of them. Novak Djokovic is a four-time champion here, while Rafael Nadal and world number one Andy Murray are three-time champions. The recently crowned Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has won the event two times, as well as reaching the final on three other occasions, including in 2014, the year Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the Big Four’s dominance in the event.
Last year’s final saw Novak Djokovic win the title for a fourth time, seeing off Kei Nishikori in the final. However, Djokovic will not be here this week to defend his title, after announcing he would be taking the rest of the season off to recover from a recurring injury. World number one Andy Murray will also be another notable absentee, along with former grand slam champions Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic. Nonetheless, most of the game’s top players will all be competing in Montreal, and they’ll all have their eyes set on lifting the title on Sunday.
Roger Federer will go into the tournament as the favourite to lift this title for a third time. The Swiss great is having a sensational season so far, including winning both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Federer has also won two of the five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events held so far this season, claiming titles at Indian Wells and Miami. The nineteen-time grand slam title has looked almost invincible this year, hardly losing a game, and he’ll be looking for his sixth title of the season when he takes to the court this week, as he steps-up preparations ahead of the season’s final grand slam at the US Open.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal is the top seed for this year’s tournament, as he looks to win here for a fourth time. Like Federer, Nadal has had a terrific season so far, including winning an incredible tenth French Open title. Nadal lost only one match during the clay court season, taking two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles along the way, at the Monte Carlo Masters and the Madrid Open. Rafael Nadal can return to world number one this week for the first time since 2014, if he was to reach at least the semi-final stage of the competition, replacing Andy Murray at the top of the men’s game. In addition, if he was to go on to win the event he’ll set a new record for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles won, with thirty-one. Nadal has already been in seven finals this season, winning four of them, and he’ll be hoping a fifth title of the season is on the cards here in Montreal.
Young German Alexander Zverev will be another challenger for the title this week, as he looks to continue his fantastic season. The twenty-year-old is the only other winner of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event this season, claiming the Italian Open, with a fantastic win over Novak Djokovic in the final. Zverev also won the recent Citi Open, and so his confidence will be high coming into this tournament. Home favourite Milos Raonic will also be looking for a good run here, as he looks to put a rather disappointing first half of the season behind him. The Canadian reached the final here back in 2013, but he’ll be looking to go even further this time around by winning the title for the first time.
Dominic Thiem is another playing enjoying a good season, although his form has dipped just a bit of late. The Austrian had a fantastic start to the season, and so he’ll be a threat here if he can return to top form. Meanwhile, last year’s finalist Kei Nishikori comes into the tournament on the back of reaching the Citi Open semi-finals. The former US Open runner-up has struggled for large parts of this year, but he showed positive signs last week, and he’ll be another player who will be looking for a good run.
2014 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be looking to win a second title here, as he also looks to win a second title of 2017. The Frenchman had a terrific tournament here in 2014, seeing off Roger Federer in the final, and if he can rediscover that form he will be a threat. John Isner comes into the tournament as one of the form players, after claiming back-to-back titles at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and Atlanta Open last month. The American is a very good player on his day and if he can keep his recent form going he will be extremely difficult to beat. In what should be a thoroughly entertaining tournament, which includes a stellar field, who will reign supreme here in Montreal?
In what should come as no surprise, I can’t see past the great Roger Federer winning this title for a third time. The Swiss ace has looked almost unbeatable throughout the whole year, and as the race to end the year as the world number one hots up, Federer’s tennis will almost certainly do so too. Federer played at an extremely high level to recently claim an amazing eighth Wimbledon title, and so he’ll come into the tournament full of confidence. The nineteen-time grand slam champion has been drawn in the same half of the draw as Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov, among others, but Federer will be confident of his chances in seeing off anyone that’s in front of him. My pick would be Federer to win this title for a third time, and for the first time since 2006.
Alexander Zverev Each-Way
In what is the more difficult half of the draw, I fancy the inform Alexander Zverev to come through the pack, and reach a maiden Coupe Rogers final. The German youngster has been in great form all season, and he’s already won an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event this season, so he’s no stranger to winning this quality of tournament. Zverev is coming into the tournament on the back of winning his fourth title of the season at the Citi Open. The German tennis ace has been drawn in the same quarter of the draw as former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who he’d fancy his chances of beating in a potential quarter-final meeting. Alexander has also been drawn in the same half of the draw as Rafael Nadal, and a potential semi-final between the pair is a possibility. Although it will be tough for Zverev, I fancy the youngster to have another great run this week, and further cement his status as one of the sport’s leading talents.