We've reached the semi-final stage of the Rogers Cup in Toronto where John Isner meets Richard Gasquet in a tasty last four clash. Sean Calvert fancies the big American to do the business, here's why...
"Isner and Gasquet played on clay and indoor hard in the past, but this will be their first match on outdoor hard and I’m fairly confident that the big man will be too much for Gasquet to handle in these conditions."
It was a busy day at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Friday and another profitable one for us.
My recommended bet of Tommy Haas to beat Radek Stepanek proved to be a winner after a shaky start and the other good news is that my outright tips of John Isner and Novak Djokovic are in today's semi-finals of what's been a good tournament so far.
It was almost three out of three, but Richard Gasquet defeated my other outright selection Mardy Fish and the Frenchman sets up a meeting with Isner for a place in the final.
On a day where both the last 16 and quarter finals were completed to catch up after the rain washed out Thursday's play we're down to the last four in this Masters 1000 event.
The first of the semi finals takes place at 8pm UK time this evening and I'll be hoping for the sake of my outright wager that Isner can see off Gasquet in what will be their third career meeting.
They've played on clay and indoor hard in the past, but this will be their first match on outdoor hard and I'm fairly confident that the big man will be too much for Gasquet to handle in these conditions.
This is Gasquet's first semi-final on a hard court since the start of 2011 and his recent record in last four matches isn't great, with one win from his previous nine semi finals on a hard court.
Isner showed how tough he can be to beat in these conditions again yesterday when he battled past Philipp Kohlschreiber from a set down in a two hour match before coming back out and taking down local hero Milos Raonic in straight sets.
The American has won three of his last four semi finals - beating Djokovic in Indian Wells in one of those three matches and he's the one I would want to be on if the going gets tough in this match.
Gasquet was able to get the better of a fatigued Fish in the quarters and although I wouldn't be surprised to see this one go the full three sets, I fancy Isner to come through and take his place in his fourth final of the season.
Back Isner to beat Gasquet at 1.768/11