The Cincinnati Masters is underway and we’re set for an absolute blockbuster when Kei Nishikori and Andrey Rublev square off early tomorrow morning. Its been another strong season from Japan’s best ever player and he weathered a tough run to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, before embarking on a relatively light hardcourt season so far. He faces a similarly-formed player in Rublev here, who made the semi-finals at the Washington Open before being defeat by Aussie Alex De Minaur. These players look extremely well matched and this looks like going the distance.
American Frances Tiafoe has taken a number of impressive scalps since returning to hardcourt and can continue past the big serving Denis Shapovalov tonight. The twenty-year-old has continued to build to the task in beautiful timing for the US Open and easily accounted for Italy’s Cecchinato at the Canadian Open before overcoming crowd favourite Milos Raonic in three. He has drifted slightly in betting, but these players should be starting at a tied quote, and that only means more value for Tiafoe.