Rogers Cup Day One Tips: Can Young earn overdue win?

After Murray's Olympic Gold, the tour swiftly moves on to Canada for the Rogers Cup - a key US Open warm-up event. Sean Calvert selects the best bets...


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Back over 21.5 games in Young v Chardy @ 1.855/6

The Olympics are over as far as tennis is concerned and Andy Murray's superb gold medal ensured it was a profitable tournament for us.

Those that were on my 9.28/1 outright tip would have enjoyed a great day on Sunday, as the GB star dished out a fearful beating to world number one Roger Federer.

The tour moves straight on to Canada for the Rogers Cup in Toronto without several of the game's top stars, including Federer, Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer and the first round action begins tonight.

Television coverage begins at 16:00 this afternoon on Sky Sports 2 in the UK and the first match scheduled for Stadium Court is a fascinating clash between Jeremy Chardy and Donald Young.

I say fascinating largely because it will be very interesting to see if a return to the North American hard court swing can halt one of the worst losing runs in tennis in recent memory.

Young is on a 15 match losing run, which rivals the likes of Andrey Golubev's 17 matches without a win in 2011, but is short of Vinny Spadea's record of 21 consecutive defeats.

But today's match with Chardy is very winnable in a clash that will involve plenty of unforced errors and winners between two players who go for their shots.

Chardy is a terrible price at around 1.392/5 in my opinion, as his hard court form is not much better than Young's and the Frenchman didn't win a match at all on hard last year.

He recorded a 0-8 record on the surface in 2011 and he's lost 12 of his last 13 tour level matches on hard courts, although he did win a Challenger on hard in France back in January.

Chardy is much more at home on clay and takes on Young in the American leftie's favoured conditions, which could even see him end that losing run.

Obviously Young's confidence will be very low and I'm not sure why he hasn't dropped down to Challenger level to get it back, but he has the perfect opponent and conditions with which to get back on track today.

I'm not convinced that either of these two players will win this comfortably and the value definitely lies with Young, but the overs looks a good bet in this one.

The total games mark of 21.5 at a price of around 1.855/6 looks to be a good wager in this opening match of the tournament.

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Back over 21.5 games in Young v Chardy @ 1.855/6

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