ATP Montreal Quarterfinals Picks: Can Shapovalov Continue Unlikely Run?

Joao Mourato

Friday, August 11, 2017 3:04 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 3:04 PM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the ATP Montreal tournament. Find out our top men's tennis picks for the quarterfinals and why you should place these two valuable plays.

Denis Shapovalov (WC) vs. Adrian Mannarino

Regardless of this Friday’s outcome, Denis Shapovalov already secured an unprecedented place in the top 100. Known as one of the most promising players on the ATP World Tour, Shapovalov became the youngest ever Masters quarter-finalist after his sensational win over Rafael Nadal. Despite facing one of the greatest defenders in tennis history, the 18-year-old Canadian ended the match with 49 winners and 41 unforced errors. Adding to this, Shapovalov only allowed Nadal to win 18.18% of the break point chances that he had on the Canadian’s serve.

After a slow start to 2017, Adrian Mannarino is going through a great moment in his career with an outstanding 12 – 4 record in recent weeks. Besides Kevin Anderson, the 29-year-old French is yet to drop a set in the tournament. Looking now at Adrian’s campaign in Montreal, the world no.42 reaches this stage of the competition after defeating Daniil Medvedev, Milos Raonic and Hyeon Chung. Known as one of the best counter punchers in the game, Mannarino won 44.44% of his opponents’ service games throughout this event.

Despite Shapovalov’s brilliant performance against Nadal in the previous round, it won’t be easy for the teenager to be at his best physical condition after spending almost three hours on court yesterday. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to go against Denis after the way he played yesterday. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Shapovalov’s tennis betting odds by placing a bet on the home favorite to extend his dream run in Montreal.

Free Tennis Pick: Denis Shapovalov ML (+160)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Alexander Zverev (4) vs. Kevin Anderson

At the age of 20, Alexander Zverev continues to impress. Playing on the big stages brings the best out of Zverev with the German winning 80.95% of the matches in 2017 on Masters 1000 events. Adding to this, Alexander couldn’t have asked for a better way to start his US Open Series campaign. Besides winning the Citi Open title last week in Washington, the world no.8 is already in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals for the first time in his career. Taking a look now at Zverev’s campaign in Montreal, the no.4 seed proved too strong for Nick Kyrgios in the previous round with a 6 – 4 6 – 3 win over the Australian.

Regardless of the outcome one thing is certain, Kevin Anderson already ensured his return to the top 30 for the first time since August 2016. Known as one of the best servers in the game, Anderson holds an impressive average of 1.47 aces per service game in Montreal. Adding to this, the 31-year-old South-African reaches this stage of the tournament after a sensational 6 – 4 6 – 1 win over Sam Querrey. Besides not facing a single break point, Anderson ended the match with a phenomenal 1.63 winners / unforced errors ratio.

This will be the 4th career meeting between these two players with Zverev leading on the h2h by 3 – 0.

As the h2h suggests, Alexander is far from an easy match-up for Anderson. Adding to this, the German didn’t face a single break point on their last encounter at the Citi Open final last week. With this in mind, our recommendation is for you to add Zverev’s set handicap to your betting picks as the most valuable play for this contest. 

Free Tennis Pick: Alexander Zverev -1.5 Set Handicap (+123)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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