Two of tennis’ brilliant younger skills will go to head-to-head on Thursday evening in Cincinnati, Ohio, and judging by the chances, it needs to be a doozy when World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime takes on World No. 12 Jannik Sinner. We hit a huge underdog in Rafael Nadal’s loss yesterday, so we are going to hope to maintain the momentum going.
Bookmakers have put in Sinner because the slightest of favorites, although at -120/+104 the match is basically a coin flip.
After a terrific run by way of the clay and grass seasons that included a title in Umag and a five-set loss to Novak Djokovic within the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Sinner’s momentum was stopped a bit of bit in Montreal, as he misplaced in Spherical 2 to eventual winner Pablo Carreno-Busta. Sinner adopted that up by barely escaping towards Thanasi Kokkinakis in his first match in Cincinnati. The Italian regarded the half in Spherical 2, the place he received a comparatively straightforward win over Miomir Kecmanovic, who retired down 7-5, 3-1.
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Whereas Sinner’s outcomes appear to be trending in the proper path for essentially the most half, Auger-Aliassime’s path to Cincinnati has been removed from simple. The 22-year-old Canadian entered Wimbledon as a stylish choose to make a deep run solely to lose in Spherical 1 to serve-and-volley specialist Maxime Cressy. Auger-Aliassime adopted that up with one other first-round exit on the grass, shedding as an enormous favourite to Jason Kubler in Newport.
The Canadian regarded again on monitor by making a semifinal run at Los Cabos and that had lots of people backing FAA to win his hometown match in Montreal final week. Auger-Aliassime would win two matches in Montreal, however then he fully folded in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Casper Ruud within the quarterfinals. FAA’s efficiency in Montreal was a reasonably good microcosm of his profession to this point. He regarded like he was on his technique to an enormous exhibiting by way of two rounds, then nearly out of nowhere got here fully undone.
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Each Sinner and Auger-Aliassime have match-winning weapons of their arsenal. They each are nice on serve (Sinner has a 83.9% maintain charge on exhausting courts during the last 12 months and FAA has an 84.4% maintain charge), but it surely’s the Italian who has the higher return numbers (27.6% to 18.8%) and is the extra constant participant at this cut-off date.
That consistency and Sinner’s potential to maintain his cool in massive moments makes him the higher wager in what’s being priced as basically a choose’em.
The Wager: Jannik Sinner -120