On Tuesday, world No. 47 Filip Krajinovic and world No. 40 Daniel Evans will clash in the early rounds in Montreal. With so many notable names in action, this match might not be one that people will be flocking to, but it’s a meeting between two rock-solid players—and we see an opportunity to make some money on it.
Loyal readers of The Pick know that we have done really well by targeting matches in which one of the players hasn’t had the opportunity to play on a surface in quite some time. This is another match that fits the bill, with Krajinovic having last played a hard-court match on March 12 (a loss to Gael Monfils at Indian Wells). Since then, the Serbian has played plenty of clay and grass-court tennis, but nothing can get you prepared for ATP-level matches on each surface except for just that: ATP-level matches on each surface.
With Krajinovic having just played a clay-court event in Hamburg after spending all of June on grass, it’s hard not to see Evans as a great value here. The Brit just got three hard-court matches under his belt in Washington, DC, where he earned wins over Kyle Edmund and Taylor Fritz (the American retired when he was down 4-1 in the deciding set). He then suffered an upsetting three-set loss to Yoshihito Nishioka, but that defeat looks a little better after having seen his opponent make it all the way to the D.C. final.