Last week was a busy ATP schedule with 4 events. Lorenzi won his well deserved first ever ATP tournament and Monfils won his first ever ATP 500 event, while Lopez and Fognini were favourite winners. Fognini was surprising as he had not gone deep in a tournament for nearly a couple of years. Weak opposition had something to do with it but perhaps his recent marriage will have him more focused on winning matches. Same can be expected from Monfils who has cut his dreads and played a very good tournament in which he comfortably reached the final. His final wobbles seemed to continue but with perseverance he came through after saving match point.
Master 1000 Rogers Cup
New found focus and reliability from enigmatic players Fognini and Monfils has not been upon Kyrgios yet. The young Australian lost his first round against an exciting prospect Denis Shapovalov. The bottom draw looks wide open without Murray and Federer. Cilic is a possible finalist but my eye is caught by Nishikori who said he had a good training week in Florida and is not hampered by his abdominal injury that saw him give a walkover at Wimbledon in the last 16. The bottom draw has Cilic and Wawrinka as main contenders and Nishikori has value each way at 13.00.
The top half of the draw is topped by Djokovic, who after his recent loss at Wimbledon can not be taken backed yet for such a short price. Other contenders in this half are Monfils and Goffin. Monfils could very well build on his success as his partnership with coach Tillstrom will start to provide results now after 9 months. Goffin has a stellar season and will have a chance against anyone including Djokovic. However, I find their quarter difficult to predict with home favourite Roanic included.
Kei Nishikori Each way €10 at 13.00 at BetVictor