2018 Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Preview and Analysis (Update)
The Rogers Cup is now considered one of the premier events in both the ATP and WTA, with many big names in attendance at this year’s event. The tournament is already underway, with the men playing in Toronto while the women go head to head in Montreal. We are going to take a bit of a closer look at both tournaments to see how things are progressing and how they might shape up before it comes to an end on Sunday, August 12. We will start off by previewing the men, and then finish off by making some predictions on the women’s side.
Upset alert on Centre Court? #NextGenATP Frances Tiafoe has Milos Raonic on the run out there, claiming a tight first set 7-6(4) over the big-serving Canadian.
— Rogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 8, 2018
The top half of the draw is where we find Rafael Nadal, who was given a bye into the second round, where he will face Benoit Paire in what should be a comfortable win. The biggest challenger for Nadal on this half of the draw would appear to be Marin Cilic, who has already moved on to the next round after needing all 3 sets to get past Borna Coric. John Isner, who is seeded #8 could also be one to look out for here, as this is a surface that he seems to enjoy playing on. Stan Wawrinka is unseeded here and could pose a threat.
The bottom half of the draw is where we find Novak Djokovic, a man who has won this event 4 times over the years, with his last win coming in 2016. Djokovic is only seeded #9, though, and may need to get past defending champion Alexander Zverev at some point. Grigor Dimitrov is another one to watch here, as he has already won and moved on to the 3rd round.
I think it will be Djokovic who wins this tournament, beating John Isner in the final.
This is always a difficult tournament to handicap, simply because it tends to deliver a new winner every year. In the last 10 years, only Serena Williams (2 wins) has won it more than once. The #1 seed is Simona Halep, who won here back in 2016. Her toughest challenge in the top half of the draw may well prove to be Venus Williams, who she may potentially meet in the 3rd round. Petra Kvitova and Caroline Garcia have already moved on, while Angelique Kerber was surprisingly ousted early.
In the bottom half, Caroline Wozniacki is in as the #2 seed, and she does have a history here, winning back in 2010. The woman likely to give her the most trouble in the bottom half of the draw is Elina Svitolina, who also just happens to be the defending champion. That means little, though, as you need to go back to 200 to find the last time someone won this tournament in consecutive years. I think the real danger in this half of the draw is American Sloane Stephens, who I think could potentially win the whole thing.
If I was forced to make a pick at this early stage of the tournament, I would take Stephens to beat Halep in the final on Sunday.
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