Plays Of The Day For ATP & WTA Cincinnati Semi-Finals

Joao Mourato

Saturday, August 20, 2016 5:57 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 5:57 PM UTC

Join us on our daily coverage of the Western & Southern Open. Find out our top tennis picks for the Semi-Finals and why you should place these two valuable bets.

Marin Cilic (12) vs. Grigor Dimitrov
Marin Cilic is for the first time on his career in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event, with the Croatian benefiting from Borna Coric’s retirement. Cilic is slowly returning to the level presented in 2014 when he surprised the world and won the US Open. The fast court conditions in Cincinnati clearly suit Marin’s game style, with the Croatian firing an average of 1.11 aces per service game while his career average on Hard Court is only 0.66.

After struggling to find his best tennis in recent months, Grigor Dimitrov is finally returning to his best level. Grigor reaches this stage of the competition after defeating four players better ranked than him – Gilles Simon, Feliciano Lopez, Stan Wawrinka and Steve Johnson. Looking now to Grigor’s stats throughout the week, the highlight clearly goes to his service numbers, with Dimitrov winning 95.6% of his service games.

This will be the 4th career meeting between these two players, with Cilic leading on the h2h by 2 – 1.

These two players faced each other recently at the Olympic Tournament, with Cilic emerging victorious by 6 – 1 6 – 4. Even though Dimitrov’s recent improvements, Cilic is also playing a superb level this week and for that reason, we should witness another triumph from the Croatian player. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Cilic to your betting picks, in a match where Marin’s firepower should be too much for Grigor to handle.

Free Tennis Pick: Marin Cilic ML (-179)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Simona Halep (3) vs. Angelique Kerber (2)
We picked Simona Halep to cover her spread on the quarterfinals against Agnieszka Radwanska and the Romanian matched the expectations with a 7 – 5 6 – 1 triumph. Despite a terrible start with Radwanska winning the first four games, Simona never gave up and found a way to emerge victorious in straight sets. Looking now to Halep’s numbers on her match against Agnieszka, the highlight clearly goes to her mental strength, with the Romanian saving 66.67% of the break points she faced and converting 72.73% of the chances created on Radwanska’s serve.

It has been a very demanding summer for Angelique Kerber, who is now playing her 10th match in just two weeks. After reaching the Olympic Tournament final, Kerber is now looking for another final appearance in Cincinnati yet, it won’t be easy for the German to present herself at 100% on this match. Angelique reaches this stage of the competition after a poor performance against Carla Suarez Navarro, with the German ending that contest with 10 double faults and facing 19 break points throughout the match. However, Carla is known for her mental fragility and that was the reason for her loss, with the Spaniard winning only 3 of those 19 break points.

These two players will face each other for the 7th time on their careers with Halep leading on the h2h by 4 – 2.

Hard Court is clearly Simona’s favorite surface and her previous record against Kerber supports that, with the Romanian winning all their four previous encounters on this surface. With this in mind, it’s hard for us to see Halep losing this match, especially when considering Kerber’s poor performances and natural fatigue. For those reasons, our recommendation is for you to take advantage of Simona’s betting odds by placing a bet on the Romanian to cover her spread.

Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep -3 (+102)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline
Record: 33-15-2 +17.87

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