Just 19 days remain until the US Open gets under way at Flushing Meadows and Canada’s Rogers Cup has served up an amuse bouche featuring several exciting and informative duels.
Here’s how news.bwin.com/en/ sees the pick of them going…
18:00 Novak Djokovic 2-1 Gael Monfils – correct score @ 15/4
Djokovic has recently suggested he’s playing the best tennis of his career ahead of his attempt to justify 11/10 US-Open favouritism.
However, he faces a gifted adversary who has cadged a set off him in their last three meetings and five of their seven career clashes on the hard stuff.
20:30 Sabine Lisicki to beat Madison Keys @ 83/100
The German may have lost to Ana Ivanovic last week in Stanford, but she sent down the fastest recorded serve in WTA history in doing so and can offer further evidence that she’s coming to the boil by disposing of the up and coming Keys.
Second best in straight sets indoors at Memphis last year in their sole previous face-off, the American has only had the benefit of one and a half matches to tune up for her big-hitting foe since quitting Wimbledon with an injury back in June.
22:55 Serena Williams 2-0 Sam Stosur – correct score @ 9/20
A re-run of the 2011 US Open final in which Stosur prevailed, this is likely to go the way of the pair’s two meetings since – a straight sets Williams success.
Emerging here off the back of a victory in Stanford that takes her to 19-2 on the hard stuff this term, she should make short work of the Australian, who broke a four-match losing streak in the first round and hasn’t won consecutive outings since the clay season.