The 2013 ATP World Tour moves on to Montreal, as the North American hard court swing continues with the Coupe Rogers, a Masters 1000 event. The opening day of the tournament kicks off at around 5pm UK time. There are 11 ATP matches scheduled for today in conditions that have in the past been regarded as on the quick side, but we will see if that remains the same this time around.
Andreas Seppi has a terrible record at this time of the season and in this tournament. At 1.38 he looks very short, but he’s been fortunate to find an opponent in Lukas Rosol who is in shocking form and in need of hip surgery. Bernard Tomic also looks skinny at 1.45 against the awkward Florian Mayer, who has beaten the Aussie three times in four matches, as does Ivan Dodig at 1.37 versus Grega Zemlja.
I am tempted by Thomaz Bellucci against Martin Klizan and Benoit Paire against Philipp Kohlschreiber, but instead I’ll side with Marinko Matosevic to defeat Benjamin Becker. Matosevic has been in good form in the last week or so after reportedly overcoming some personal issues that have dogged him for a while. He had a good week in Washington last week, narrowly failing to reach the semi-finals, and is here by virtue of a decent win over the dangerous Jack Sock.
Marinko faces a similar sort of opponent tonight in Becker, who, like Sock, has a game built around a big serve and forehand. The German veteran gets his best results on grass and he hasn’t won two straight matches in the main draw of a tour level match on hard since Miami in 2010. Becker scored a narrow win over Adrian Mannarino in qualies, despite winning fewer points in the match. If Matosevic continues his good form his level will be a touch too high for Becker on a hard court.
Elsewhere, Janko Tipsarevic is tempting at 1.87 against Denis Istomin, but he can’t be trusted at the moment after a string of lethargic efforts on the tour. Ernests Gulbis should be too much on a hard court for Feli Lopez, but he looks a touch short for me at 1.50, while in the late match I wouldn’t be putting much on Kei Nishikori at 1.11 against crowd favourite Peter Polansky.
Best bet: Back Matosevic to beat Becker at 1.67