Rogers Cup Betting: Tommy to Step it up

The big stories from yesterday were that rained resulted in no play and that Andy Murray has withdrawn. But the show must go on and in the battle of two seasoned campaigners, it is Tommy Haas who gets the nod.

"Tommy is now back up at number 25 and apart from this week where he’s had substantial assistance from across the net, Stepanek has only one win over a top-25 ranked player in the last 12 months – and that was against Andreas Seppi in a final set tie breaker on grass."

Day four at the Rogers Cup was a complete washout, leaving a tricky task for the schedulers to get the tournament finished on time.
With more rain forecast for the next few days and Cincinnati due to start on Monday it will be interesting to see what the tournament organisers have up their sleeve.
As for our bet yesterday, it was a non-runner, as Andy Murray unsurprisingly withdrew from the tournament due to injury, so stakes are returned on my recommended bet of backing Milos Raonic.

It would have been nice if he'd played a set and then retired, but it wasn't to be and today's schedule sees most players looking at two matches if the rain holds off.
The extra day's rest will have done Tommy Haas some good and it makes him my pick of today's bets when he takes on fellow veteran Radek Stepanek on Court 1 at 6pm UK time.

Steps has been pretty fortunate with his opponents so far in this event, having faced two players who were too tired to put up much of an effort against the 33-year-old Czech.
Both Juan Martin Del Potro and Alex Dolgopolov offered only token resistance and Stepanek could have had a hat-trick as Haas has played a lot of tennis in the last couple of months, but the extra day off should see the German right.

Stepanek won their last meeting, which took place on the slow hard courts of Miami in March, but Haas was struggling with injury at that time and ranked down at 145 in the world.

Tommy is now back up at number 25 and apart from this week where he's had substantial assistance from across the net, Stepanek has only one win over a top-25 ranked player in the last 12 months - and that was against Andreas Seppi in a final set tie breaker on grass.

Steps will undoubtedly try and put Haas off with net approaches and mix up the play, but Hass passes well off both wings and his single handed backhand is on fire at the moment.

The Czech has been fortunate to reach this stage and I'm backing Haas to put that run to an end.

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Back Haas to beat Stepanek at 1.538/15

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