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30/07 11:30 AM (Set Kill 31/07 05:00 AM) – Best Plays Of The Day For ATP Toronto & WTA Montreal Semi-Finals


Kei Nishikori (3) vs. Stan Wawrinka (2)

Kei Nishikori is for the second consecutive year on this event’s semifinals after a 6 – 3 3 – 6 6 – 2 triumph over Grigor Dimitrov. It was far from an easy contest for Kei – as we predicted in our quarter-finals analysis – but at the end, Nishikori’s high quality groundstrokes were just too much for Dimitrov to handle. However, the Japanese keeps struggling to perform at a consistent level, ending the match with 26 winners / 35 unforced errors and facing 13 break points throughout the match.

After starting his campaign with two tough victories against Mikhail Youzhny and Jack Sock, Stan Wawrinka clearly found his best tennis in the quarterfinals against Kevin Anderson, dismissing the South-African by 6 – 1 6 – 3. The slower game conditions in Toronto clearly suit Wawrinka’s tennis, giving him plenty of time to prepare his powerful groundstrokes, especially his delightful one-handed backhand. Looking to Stan’s numbers against Anderson, the highlight clearly goes to his baseline game, with the Suisse winning 72.73% of the points played in the baseline.

This will be the 5th career meeting between these two players with Stan leading on h2h by 3 – 1.

A high quality contest is expected between two of the best ball strikers in the game. These two have featured some remarkable battles in the past and the same might happen here yet, Stan seems to be at a higher level and his firepower might be too much for an inconsistent Nishikori. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Wawrinka to your tennis picks as the highest value play for this contest.

Free Tennis Pick: Stan Wawrinka ML (-114)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Simona Halep (5) vs. Angelique Kerber (2)

It has been a great week for our main favorite to lift the trophy in Montreal – Simona Halep. We picked Halep, in our quarterfinals analysis, to cover her spread against Svetlana Kuznetsova and she matched the expectations with a 3 – 6 6 – 1 6 – 1 triumph. It was great to see to Halep managed to turn things around after losing the first set, playing at a superb level and ending the match with 53.85% points won on Kuznetsova’s serve.

Angelique Kerber is for the first time on her career on this event’s semifinals after a solid victory against Darya Kasatkina by 6 – 2 6 – 2. After reaching the final in Wimbledon, things haven’t been easy for the German with Kerber withdrawing from Bastad last week due to an elbow injury. Despite her good victory against Kasatkina, Angelique still seems to feel some problems on her elbow with two very poor performances against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Elina Svitolina in the previous rounds.

These two players will face each other for the sixth time on their careers, with Halep leading on h2h by 3 – 2 however, it was Kerber who won their last two encounters – both this year in the Fed Cup and Wimbledon.

Despite Kerber’s recent success, things should be different this time with Halep already fully recovered from her Achilles problem while Kerber seems far from her best physical condition. The slower courts in Montreal also seems to benefit Simona’s baseline game and for that reason, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of the Romanian’s tennis odds by placing a bet on Halep to book a place in the final.

Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep ML (-149)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline
Grass Record: 21-10 +8.42


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