Shapovalov, Federer back in action at Rogers Cup on Friday
Denis Shapovalov has little time to savor his stunning upset victory over Rafael Nadal, as the Canadian teen returns to action on Friday to face France’s Adrian Mannarino in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup as a +145 underdog on the betting lines.
The 18-year-old pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tennis season on Thursday, knocking off the tournament’s top seed and world’s No. 2-ranked player in a three-set match as a +900 underdog, but remains a long +2800 bet to claim the Rogers Cup crown ahead of Friday night’s match at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
Shapovalov is making just his fourth career ATP World Tour appearance this week in Montreal. The Toronto native reached the Round of 16 at the Aegon Championships in London earlier this summer in his only other ATP World Tour appearance of 2017, falling in three sets to the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych as a +400 underdog, but has reached the semifinals at four ATP Challenger events, claiming victory on two occasions.
After topping Toronto’s Milos Raonic with a second-round straight sets win as a +375 underdog earlier this week, Mannarino will once again face a hostile crowd as he battles Shapovalov as -175 chalk. The 29-year-old claimed a pair of ATP Challenger Tour tournament wins early this season and reached the final at last month’s Antalya Open in Turkey, falling to Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in straight sets as a -170 favorite.
In other Rogers Cup action in Montreal on Friday, veteran Roger Federer hits the court against Roberto Bautista Agut as a heavy -800 favorite, and Robin Haase takes on Diego Schwartzman as -155 chalk, while Alexander Zverev is perched as a -230 favorite in his date with Kevin Anderson.
Federer has ascended to No. 3 on the world rankings during a renaissance season that has seen him claim five tournament victories, including his eighth career Wimbledon crown and fifth career Australian Open title, and has emerged as the -250 favorite to claim this third career Rogers Cup title.
The Swiss star will face stiff competition from Zverev, who closely trails at +325 on the tournament championship odds. Zverev is enjoying a breakthrough campaign that includes four tournament victories, but the 20-year-old German fell to Federer in straight sets in the final of the Gerry Weber Open as a +195 underdog.
Despite trailing as a +550 underdog in Friday’s date with Federer, Bautista Agut remains a respectable +1000 bet on the tournament futures. Anderson sports +190 odds against Zverev, and sits at +1600 to win the tournament.