ATP Montreal Tennis Picks: Best Plays For Semifinals

Joao Mourato

Saturday, August 12, 2017 4:55 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 4:55 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his top betting selections for the ATP Masters 1000 Montreal Semifinals. He'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab this betting duo.

Robin Haase vs. Roger Federer (3)

The 19-time Grand Slam champion – Roger Federer – continues his quest for a third Masters 1000 title in 2017. After Rafael Nadal’s surprising elimination, Federer is now the undeniable favorite to lift the trophy in Montreal. Taking a look now at Roger’s campaign on this event, the two-time Rogers Cup champion reaches this stage of the competition after a 6 – 4 6 – 4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut. Known for his offensive game style, the 36-year-old Swiss won 76.92% of the points at the net in the previous round against Bautista Agut.

At the age of 30, Robin Haase is going through the best moment in his career. Against all expectations, the Dutch booked a spot in his first semifinals at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Despite losing the opening set against Diego Schwartzman in the previous round, Haase proved too strong for the Argentinean. Adding to this, the 30-year-old Dutch already secured his return to the top 35 for the first time since July 2012.  

These two players know each other very well. Even though this is their first official meeting, they usually practice together during the pre-season in Dubai.

As usual, Federer is the heavy favorite to win this match. Due to his brilliant results in 2017, it’s hard to go against the Swiss maestro at this moment. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to find any value on Roger’s tennis betting odds. On the other hand, the sportsbooks offer a very interesting spread line on Haase. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Robin’s spread since we expect a much closer contest than the odds suggest.

Free Tennis Pick: Robin Haase +5.5 (-130)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline Denis Shapovalov (WC) vs. Alexander Zverev (4)

Denis Shapovalov’s dream run continues at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Less than 24 hours after the biggest win of his career over Rafael Nadal, the 18-year-old produced another astonishing comeback against Adrian Mannarino. Despite slow start, Shapovalov’s aggressive game style paid off with 34 winners against 9 from the French. Adding to this, the Canadian teenager won 72.73% of the points when facing break points while Mannarino only saved 40.00% of the break point chances on his serve.

The world no.8 – Alexander Zverev – remains undefeated in the 2017 US Open series. Besides winning the Citi Open title in Washington, the 20-year-old is just one win away from reaching his second Masters 1000 final of the season. As we predicted in our quarterfinals analysis, Zverev proved too strong for Kevin Anderson with a straight sets victory. Despite facing one of the best servers in the game, the German won 37.14% of the points played on Anderson’s serve.

This should be an exciting contest between two of the most promising young players on the ATP World Tour. Nevertheless, it won’t be easy for Shapovalov to extend his winning streak in Montreal. Besides spending more than five hours on court in the last two days, Denis will face one of the best competitors in the game. Having said that, our advice is for you to add Alexander’s set handicap to your betting picks in a match where Zverev should be too strong for the home favorite.

Free Tennis Pick: Alexander Zverev -1.5 Set Handicap (-154)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
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