Today first start on the centre court hard men’s “masters” in Montreal’s opening match in the tournament will play Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who will play against Brit Daniel Evans.
This meeting is expected with great interest, as the “king of clay” appears first in the round after herbal cut of the season.
It should be noted that for the first time, the players will determine the strongest and it adds additional intrigue.
- Rafael Nadal
- Daniel Evans
- The coefficients and forecast
The legendary Spaniard is a constant participant of the Montreal masters from the distant 2005 year. Then Rafael made his debut in this tournament at the age of 19 and unexpectedly won the title, beating in the final American Andre Agassi 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. To defend the title in 2007, Nadal couldn’t, losing in the semifinals to Novak Djokovic 5-7, 3-6. Another trophy, the Spaniard was taken out in 2013 year by clicking on the grid “Joker” in the semi-finals and the final match upset of canadian Milos Raonic, and very confident 6-2,6-2.
Last visit in 2017 was not particularly successful. Rafa left the tournament in the 1/8 finals, sensationally losing to local player Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 4-6, 6-7.
In this season Nadal has been on hard courts, only three of the tournament. First reached the final at the Australian Open, having won on the grid dry victory over De Minoura, Berdych, Tafu and Ticipation. Then unexpectedly easily surrendered to Novak Djokovic 3-6, 2-6, 3-6.
Next was Acapulco and the defeat in the 1/8 final from nick Kyrios 6-3, 6-7, 6-7.
Finally, the Indian wells, where the Spaniard was in the semi-finals, having lost in four previous meetings a single set. But he couldn’t take the match against Roger Federer, citing a relapse of an old knee injury.
29-year-old Briton was the first time in Montreal made it to the main draw through qualification, where they won a dry victory over Kwiatkowski and Granollers. Yesterday, Evans claimed a great win in the first round over Australian De Minoura 6-4,7-6, which is a couple of weeks ago won tournament in Atlanta.
It should be noted that Daniel is holding a third competition after the herbal segment. The first was in Atlanta, when they reached the quarter-finals. After that we went to Washington, giving easily at the start of the Japanese Nishioka 4-6, 1-6.
In General, British shows this season with good results on hard, scoring 24 wins in 34 matches. Evans can boast of Delray beach final and semi-final of the Challenger in Indian wells. Plus it was in the second circle Australian Open, where he lost in a fair battle Roger Federer.
The coefficients and forecast
Bookmakers do not give the Brit no chance in this match, putting on his win ratio 8.0 on Nadal – 1.09. Of course, it’s hard to believe the defeat of the second racket of the world at the start of this prestigious tournament. Although there is no clear information on the current form Rafa, because the Spaniard holds first match after grass. While Evans has already played two tournaments and it started in qualifying.
And indeed always, even the top masters of a very difficult debut matches after the change of the coating. So do not expect here an easy walk to Raphael. Assume that Evans will be able to impose struggle and to create favorite some problems. As a consequence, I suggest to stop the choice in terms of forecast for the total option balsavage.