We are down to the final 4 players in Montreal and the men’s semi-finals start on Saturday night South African time.
Robin Haase V Roger Federer
Unseeded Robin Haase came from a set down in the quarter-finals to defeat Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3 to advance to the last 4. He will now face the 2nd seed Roger Federer who took just 68 minutes to reach the semi-final when he beat 12th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets 6-4 and 6-4.
In the Head-to-Head Federer leads Haase 1-0 and that meeting was a straight sets Davis Cup win on clay back in 2012.
Betting – click here to bet
Suggested Bet: Under 20.5 games at 6/10
The price is shorter than what I would normally play but this is a one sided betting heat and at the time of writing there were still a few exotic markets to be priced up. Haase has been around for some time and while he is 6 years younger than Federer and is playing well it is hard to see him troubling the greatest player of our time.
Denis Shapovalov v Alexander Zverev
The 18 year old Canadian, Denis Shapovalov, continued his winning streak when he came from a set down in the quarters to defeat Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4. He becomes the youngest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-finalist in history (since 1990) and win or lose his semi-final he will more than double his career earnings. In the 3rd round he had knocked out the top seed Rafael Nadal and he will now face Alexander Zverev the 4th seed who had a straight set victory, 7-5 and 6-4 over Kevin Anderson in their quarter-final match which was a replay of the final they had played last weekend at the Citi Open with a similar result.
These two players have never played each other.
Betting – Click here to bet
Suggested bet: Total Games over 20.5 at 15/20
I fancy Zverev to win this but he is very short and I am once again turning to the total games markets in this clash between 2 rising young stars. I think the 18 year old Shapovalov can put up a decent fight and am looking for 21 games or more.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change