Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is enjoying a golden week in Toronto, having downed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on his journey to the semi-finals.
However, it’s fair to say he’d not be a 67/100 favourite for his clash with 23/20 opponent Grigor Dimitrov if he’d beaten more banal rivals to reach this stage.
At news.bwin.com/en/ we expect the upsetter to to be upset, read on for three ways to profit from what should be a humdinger.
The match to go three sets @ 6/5
A man capable of juggernaut tennis when he’s in the zone, Le Mans lad Jo-Wilf always brings the drama, principally due to his inability to stay there.
Against Andy Murray this was once more in evidence, as he blew two break points for a straight sets victory, before fighting back from 3-0 down in the decider to eliminate the Scot.
His Bulgarian adversary is becoming a formidably stubborn foe, a trait that only contributes to this tie’s chances of going the distance.
Twice losing the first set he’s gone three-deep in every outing in Toronto, having given Novak Djokovic an almighty run for his money at Wimbledon.
First set to go to a tiebreak @ 17/10
Big-serving Tsonga has prevailed in the 13th game of the first set in three of his four matches in Maple Leaf town.
While his opponent is yet to have gone the distance in the opener in any of his trio of matches en route to this stage, five of the Bulgarian’s last six sets of tennis have seen one man have to win seventh games.
Dimitrov (+1.5) to win most games in the match @ 19/20
The lop-sided match odds for this collision seemingly have everything to do with the two high profile scalps Tsonga has taken en route to the last four.
However, Dimitrov’s reputation as a rising star belies the fact the he is already ranked seven rungs higher up the world rankings than his opponent and boasts a 38/12 record this year, compared to the Frenchman’s 32/13.
Jo-Wilf may have won all three of their previous encounters, but they were back in 2011 and, now 23, the Bulgarian has come a long way since then.
His superior mental strength, as illustrated when he withstood two match points to down Kevin Anderson in the quarters, should see him over the line here.