National Bank Open Men’s Singles Odds & First Round Picks

National Bank Open Men's Singles Odds & First Round Picks

Felix Auger Aliassime vs Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, left shakes hands with Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, after winning their semifinal match during the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev, fresh from his Los Cabos title, is the favorite to win the National Bank Open in Montreal
Carlos Alcaraz is right behind Medvedev, followed by Nick Kyrgios, who won the title in Washington, DC on Sunday
Read on for the National Bank Open first-round odds, matchups, and predictions

For the second year in a row, none of the “Big Three” (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer) are in the draw at the National Bank Open. Former champion Alexander Zverev is also missing.

That means a lot of opportunity for some – notably defending champion Daniil Medvedev – who needs to stay on top of things with Zverev close behind in the race for the No. 1 ranking.

National Bank Open First-Round Odds

Matchup
Odds
Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) vs. Karen Khachanov (RUS)
+200 / -250
Alex Molcan (SVK) vs. Mackenzie McDonald (USA)
+120 / -150
[PR] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN)
+245 / -315
[WC] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. {10} Taylor Fritz (USA)
+205 / -265
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs. Alex de Minaur (AUS)
+106 / -132
Sebastian Baez (ARG) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
+330 / -435
Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP) vs. [11] Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
+200 / -250
[13] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. [PR] Borna Coric (CRO)
-175 / +138
[WC] Alexis Galarneau (CAN) vs. [15] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
+475 / -670
[WC] David Goffin (BEL) vs. Albert Ramos-Viñolas (ESP)
-275 / +210
Aslan Karatsev (RUS) vs. Maxime Cressy (USA)
+148 / -182
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) vs. Botic Van de Zandschulp (NED)
-148 /+118
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs, Daniel Evans (GBR)
+107 / -132
[17] Gaël Monfils (FRA) vs. [ALT] Pedro Martinez (ESP)
-177 / +140
[9] Cameron Norrie (GBR) vs. Brandon Nakashima (USA)
-190 / -450
[WC] Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs. Tommy Paul (USA)
+235 / -305
Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Benjamin Bonzi (FRA)
-240 / +188

Odds as of Aug. 7 at Barstool Sportsbook.

 

 

A number of other first-round matches, which were established late because they involve qualifiers, are not on the board yet. They include a tasty upset possibility for qualifier Fabio Fognini over Denmark’s Holger Rune. With the level of the qualifiers so high, there should be a number of longshots that are very attractive in the tennis betting in Montreal this week.

The outright favorites to win the tournament are Medvedev (+260), Carlos Alcaraz (+450), and Nick Kyrgios (+700), who won the Citi Open in Washington, DC on Sunday.  Next come Italians Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner, both at +900. Sinner is probably the better bet of the two.

Best Bet: Medvedev to win tournament (+260)

Best Longshot: Cameron Norrie (+2000)

Shapovalov vs de Minaur Pick

It’s surprising the odds are as close as they are with Shapovalov in a mighty slump and de Minaur having recently won the Atlanta tournament.

It’s also a pretty brutal first round for Shapovalov, whose career took off as an 18-year-old when he upset Rafael Nadal and made the semifinals in Montreal in 2017.

Not to mention the fact that de Minaur has beaten Shapovalov in both of their top-level meetings – both in team competitions: in 2020 at the ATP Cup, and in the 2019 Davis Cup finals.

Both went three sets, and Shapovalov won the first set both times. Those are trends that work even in 2022 for Shapovalov.

Prediction: de Minaur in Three Sets (+325)

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Pospisil vs Paul Pick

Pospisil, now 31, is down at No. 141 in the rankings and, again in 2022, has been dealing with injury issues.

He has played just three matches at the ATP level and is 2-1. Both wins came in February, one against an unranked player, and the other over No. 153 Jurij Rodionov.

His highest-ranked opponent this year was ranked No. 148.

Contrast that with Paul, who is close to his career-best ranking at No. 34.

As it happens, the two met in the first round of the Canadian event a year ago in Toronto. Pospisil, ranked No. 61 at the time (just five spots behind Paul), won the first set, but Paul prevailed in three.

Prediction: Paul to Win in Two Sets (-107)

Murray vs Fritz Pick

There are no easy draws at the bigger events. But this is a tough one (again) for Andy Murray, who is the underdog against No. 10 seed Taylor Fritz.

It’s their first meeting.

Murray was an early exit in Washington, DC this week to Mikael Ymer (who went all the way to the semifinals).

Quick explanation of what happened to me today, sorry if I worried anybody I’m okay 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/nY1EUuYKuc

— Taylor Fritz (@Taylor_Fritz97) August 5, 2022

Meanwhile, Fritz had to retire (a rare occurrence for him) against Dan Evans in the third round when he felt the effects of the heat.

Expect a three-setter because Murray is pretty big on maximizing his court time (not intentionally, of course).

Prediction: Over 2.5 sets (+145)

 

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Stephanie gets the straight dope from the tennis insiders. On court, she has represented her country internationally. A BA in journalism led to years on the MLB beat and a decade covering tennis globally. She’s written for Postmedia, the Guardian, the New York Times and also publishes OpenCourt.ca.

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