2018 Canadian Masters Betting Tips and Predictions
2018 Canadian Masters Betting Tips and Predictions as the ATP World Tour hits Toronto for the 2018 Canadian Open, as the build-up to the US Open continues. This is the first of two Masters 1000 events in the next fortnight, as the world’s top players gather looking to gain some momentum ahead of the upcoming US Open. The Canadian Masters is played on outdoor hard courts at the Aviva Centre in Toronto Canada. The event, which is held in either Toronto or Montreal each year, is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series and this year’s event will be the 138th edition of the tournament. There will be a prize pot of £4 million on offer, with the winner set to pocket £780,000 of this. Alexander Zverev is the defending champion this year, after he recorded a straight-sets victory over Roger Federer in Montreal twelve months ago. Who will be crowned the Rogers Cup champion in 2018?
Ivan Lendl is the record holder for most titles won at this tournament with six past triumphs. World number one Rafael Nadal is a former three-time champion of this event, with one of those triumphs being here in Toronto. Novak Djokovic is a former four-time champion here, with his past two titles being won here in Toronto, opposed to in Montreal. Alexander Zverev, the defending champion, is the only other former champion in this year’s field, and he’ll be hoping to win here in Toronto for the very first time this year. Will we see a new name on the trophy in 2018?
Last 5 Champions
2017 – Alexander Zverev
2016 – Novak Djokovic
2015 – Andy Murray
2014 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2013 – Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer is the most notable absentee this week, as the former two-time champion doesn’t make his return to action until Cincinnati next week. Former three-time champion Andy Murray has decided to pull out this week, citing fatigue, following his run to the quarter-finals in Washington, where he pulled out due to the same reason. Tomas Berdych continues to be missing due to a back injury, while former two-time runner-up, Richard Gasquet, has had to pull out due to injury. 2014 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues to watch from the side-lines, whilst fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils will also be missing this week. Despite these absences, we should be in for a great week of tennis here in Toronto.
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Roger Federer (2)
Richard Gasquet (28)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (34)
Gael Monfils (36)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (65)
Tomas Berdych (70)
World number one Rafael Nadal will be looking for a record-extending 33rd Masters title this week, as he looks to win his first Canadian Masters title since 2013. The Spaniard, who won this title in 2005, 2008 and 2013, has won four titles this season, including his incredible 11th French Open crown. Nadal has also won two Masters titles this season, in Monte-Carlo and Rome, and he’ll be hoping for a third here. Nadal reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last time out, and he appears to be in great form heading here. Nadal is the man to beat this week, but will he be able to win a fourth Canadian Masters title against a strong field?
Defending champion Alexander Zverev will be looking to make it a successful defence of his title this week, and he’s coming here after rediscovering his form in Washington. The German ace currently finds himself in the final there, where he’ll be hopeful of successfully defending his title on the eve of this tournament. Zverev beat Federer to win his second Masters title last season, and since them he’s gone onto win his third at the Madrid Masters earlier this year. The number two seed also defended his title in Munich earlier this year, whilst he also reached the final in Miami. Zverev is back in form following a disappointing Wimbledon run, but will he be able to defend his title this week?
The recently crowned Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic, is back in action this week, and he hasn’t been favourable draw as he looks to win a fifth Canadian Masters. The Serbian ace won his first title in over a year when he won at Wimbledon, following a tough eighteen months for the former world number one. Djokovic won this title the last time it was held here, in 2016, and so he’ll be looking to do so once again this year. The thirteen-time grand slam champion will also be looking to win a record-equalling 32nd Masters title to tie Rafael Nadal’s record, but can he do it?
Juan Martin del Potro will be amongst the frontrunners this week, as he looks to win a second Masters titles of the season. The Argentine ace won the first Masters title of his career at Indian Wells earlier in the year, whilst he also managed to win his only other title of the year in Acapulco around that time. The 2009 finalist is currently in the final in Los Cabos, and so the 2009 US Open champion could be coming here full of confidence. Del Potro has been in great form of late, reaching the semi-finals and quarter-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon, respectively, in recent weeks. Will Del Potro get his hands on a second Masters title in 2018?
Kevin Anderson makes his return to action this week, following his run to the Wimbledon final last month. The South African had enjoyed a fantastic two weeks at the All-England Club, but he ultimately fell at the final hurdle to Novak Djokovic. It’s been a fantastic twelve months for Anderson, who has risen to a career high number five in the world. The South African is, however, missing a Masters title from his CV, but he’ll be confident of finally winning his first here. Marin Cilic, meanwhile, has had an up and down season to date, and you don’t know what to expect from him this week. The Croatian ace was beaten in the second round of Wimbledon last time out, but he managed to win the Queen’s title in the tournament immediately prior to that. It’s been an incredibly inconsistent year on the whole for Cilic, who started it with a run to the Australian Open final, but he’ll be hopeful of getting it back on track here
American number one John Isner will be hoping to continue his fantastic season by winning his second Masters title this week. The big serving American finally won his first Masters crown earlier this season in Miami, and he currently finds himself ranked inside the world’s top ten. The American ace enjoyed a fantastic run to the Wimbledon semi-finals last month, but he was left crushed after being edged out by Kevin Anderson in that marathon match. Isner has bounced back in recent weeks, however, as he claimed his fifth Atlanta title last weekend, his second title of the season. Can Isner claim the second hardcourt Masters title of his career here in Toronto?
2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori has rediscovered some of his best form in recent weeks, and he’ll be confident of his chances this week. The Japanese ace enjoyed his best ever run at Wimbledon by reaching the quarter-finals last month, while he reached the semi-finals in Washington on his last outing. Nishikori, who was a finalist here in 2016, will be a threat this week, and he’ll be looking to reach a second Masters final of 2018. Dominic Thiem, meanwhile, has not been in good form of late, and he’s failed to make it past the quarter-finals in any of his previous four tournaments. The Austrian has seen his form take a dip following his run to his first grand slam final at the French Open in June. Dominic Thiem will be looking to revive his form here and win a first Masters title. Will either of these two win their first Masters title this week?
Stan Wawrinka has been handed a wildcard this week, and the former three-time grand slam champion will be looking to make the most of it. It’s been a tough year for Wawrinka, and he tasted further disappointment last time out as he was beaten in his opening match in Washington. Wawrinka is, however, capable of winning any tournament he enters, and he managed to win a Masters title in the past, courtesy of his triumph in Monte-Carlo back in 2014. Grigor Dimitrov, meanwhile, has been in abysmal form of late, and he’s going to need to turn it around soon. The Bulgarian ace has not reached a quarter-final since April, and he was beaten in the first round at Wimbledon last month. Dimitrov is capable, however, showed by the fact he won his first Masters title less than a year ago at the Cincinnati Masters. Will any of these two be able to turn their fortunes around this week?
Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic will be leading the charge of Canadian players this week, as they both look to win this title for the first time on home soil. Shapovalov made his breakthrough here twelve months ago, as he beat Rafael Nadal en route to reaching the semi-finals. However, it’s been a disappointing few months for Shapovalov, and he’s not managed to win more than a single match at any tournament since May. Milos Raonic, meanwhile, has endured an injury-ridden twelve months that have seriously affected his form. The former Wimbledon finalist reached the final here in 2013, whilst he reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in his last outing. Raonic has been showing positive signs in recent weeks, and he’ll be hoping to keep it up this week as he looks to win a first Masters title. Who will win the sixth Masters event of the season and head into Cincinnati full of confidence?
Rafael Nadal To Win Outright
I think Rafael Nadal looks good right now, and I see him winning this title this week. The Spaniard has enjoyed a fantastic year, so far, and he’s only been beaten three times throughout it. Nadal has won four titles already this season, including two Masters titles, whilst he’s a former three-time champion here. The world number one has been handed a tough draw, but he should be confident of beating everyone in his path on current form. I think Nadal is playing at a great level right now and, as long as he stays fit, I think we see him lift his fourth Canadian Masters title.
Alexander Zverev Each WayTo Win Outright
Defending champion Alexander Zverev has been handed a nice draw this week, and I can see him taking advantage of it. The number two seed has reached a number of finals this year, and an interesting statistic shows that he’s, at least, reached the final of every tournament he won last season, if he’s competed at it this year. This will give him a confidence boost coming here, while he also happens to be back in some good form right now. The German ace could be heading here on the back of winning his 2nd Washington Open title and, given his draw, I think he could be in for another successful week of tennis in Canada.