Following the exertions of the grass court season, the Rogers Cup in Canada has marked the first return to action for the major players in the men’s game.
Novak Djokovic is the two-time defending champion in Montreal, and after the Serbian eased through to the third round with a straight sets win over Germany’s Florian Mayer, his fellow leading lights can now follow suit.
Four of the top six players in the world are in action on Wednesday, and backing them all to win in straight sets could lead to doubling your money.
The Wimbledon champion returns to the court for the first time since that stunning straight sets win over Djokovic on Centre Court. That was his fifth victory in seven SW19 ties which were completed in the shortest possible distance, whilst he holds a 3-1 record over Granollers in their completed matches and has lost just twice in 21 on hard courts this year.
Nadal prevailed in the one meeting between these two in 2008, but more importantly he holds a 6-0 record on hard courts this year. All those wins came in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells where he dropped just two sets, and he should make short work of world no. 132 Levine, who has never gone past this stage in Montreal.
A quarter-finalist on his most recent appearance here in 2011, Berdych has won 13 of his last 16 matches on hard courts without dropping a set. He holds a 3-0 career record against Ukraine’s Dolgopolov, who has won a measly 25 per cent of his matches on this surface during 2013.
Ferrer beat Bogomolov in straight sets in Kuala Lumpur last year, and has a 16-4 record on the hard stuff in 2013. Eleven of those 16 wins came without his opponent getting on the scoreboard, and with Bogomolov being taken the distance in two of his three matches in this tournament so far he could find Ferrer’s quality to be too much for him.
A £10 accumulator on the selections mentioned above returns £23.95.
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