Two veterans are in action today as Tommy Haas and David Nalbandian are up against each other. The preference goes for the player in the better form who enjoys a 3-0 lead in the head-to-head. The preference goes for Haas.
"Haas has been in prime form since returning from injury with a semi final in Munich, title in Halle, final in Hamburg, and a final in Washington last week."
It was a good start to the week at the Rogers Cup with a winner in my first recommended bet of the tournament in Toronto on Monday.
The match between the hapless Donald Young and the mercurial Jeremy Chardy went more or less as I thought, with neither player able to finish it in straight sets before an alarming capitulation from Young.
The former top junior went a set ahead before collapsing to a final set bagel loss to the Frenchman, which made it 16 defeats in a row for Young and a winner for us on the overs.
Tuesday's order of play in Toronto promises some interesting match-ups and perhaps none more so than the clash between Tommy Haas and David Nalbandian, which takes place on Stadium Court at 8pm UK time tonight.
These two veterans and former numbers two and three in the world respectively are meeting for the fourth time with Haas leading the series 3-0.
They haven't actually played each other since the 2007 Australian Open, but their previous meetings do tell a tale and if he isn't too fatigued after a draining run in the cauldron of Washington last week, I fancy Tommy to come through this one.
Back up to number 25 in the world and looking likely to be seeded for the US Open at 34-years-old and after a series of injuries is no mean feat from the German and I thought he might be slightly shorter than 1.645/8 for this.
Nalbandian is playing his first hard court match since Miami in the spring and he'll be looking for much better than last year's North American hard court swing in which he lost in the first round in Washington and Montreal, the second in Cincy and the third in New York.
The Argentine has played well only in patches this year and he hasn't won a match since that infamous default at Queen's Club, so it looks a tall order for him to overcome an in-form opponent who he has never beaten in his first match on a hard court for four months.
Haas has been in prime form since returning from injury with a semi final in Munich, title in Halle, final in Hamburg, and a final in Washington last week.
The concern is fatigue, but I think he'll be up for this one against an old foe and Haas should take it at a backable price.