08/10/2011 - Montreal, QC (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Ivan Dodig of Croatia took down second-seeded Rafael Nadal in the second round of the $2.43 million Rogers Cup, a U.S. Open Series event.
Dodig, who picked up his first career Tour title in Zagreb earlier this year, outlasted the 10-time Grand Slam champion in 3:08, earning an unlikely 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) victory. Nadal won this event in 2005 and 2008.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic and two-time titlist Roger Federer held firm in second-round play on Wednesday.
The world No. 1 Djokovic handled former top-five Russian star Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-1 in 1 hour, 35 minutes on the hardcourts at Uniprix Stadium.
Djokovic captured the former Canadian Open in Montreal back in 2007.
This marked Djokovic's first match as the ATP's top-ranked player. The Serbian star captured his first Wimbledon crown last month and now has a sizzling 49-1 match record, including eight titles already, in 2011.
The third-seeded Federer handled Canadian wild card Vasek Pospisil, 7-5, 6-3, in 1 hour, 17 minutes. The French Open runner-up Federer was last year's Rogers Cup runner-up to British star Andy Murray, in Toronto.
The former world No. 1 and 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who turned 30 here on Monday, captured this Canadian event in 2004 and 2006 and was also a runner-up in 2007. His third-round opponent will be quality Frenchman Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, who upset the Swiss icon in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month.
Fifth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, fresh off his runner-up finish in Washington, D.C. last week, got past American qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), while seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych landed in the round of 16 with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov and eighth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro drove out Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) on Day 3.
In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 10 Frenchman Richard Gasquet grounded Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-4, a No. 13 Tsonga topped rising Aussie wild card Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), and No. 14 Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka waltzed past American qualifier Michael Russell 6-3, 6-2.
In a minor upset, Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated 2009 runner-up and No. 16 seed Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 6-4.
In second-round action not involving seeds, 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic outlasted German qualifier Philipp Petzschner 6-7 (0-7), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6) in 2 hours, 54 minutes. The big-serving Karlovic fired 17 aces en route to victory.
Also, Ernests Gulbis advanced after Michael Llodra retired while trailing 6-4, 1-0.
The first round concluded on Wednesday, as 15th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco overcame German Tobias Kamke 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, American John Isner erased former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 6-4 and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez outlasted last week's Washington D.C. titlist Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. All three matches were suspended because of rain here on Tuesday night.
Verdasco and Isner both had to play again on Wednesday and lost to Janko Tipsarevic and 12th-seeded Viktor Troicki, respectively. Tipsarevic won 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, while Troicki picked up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory.
Fish is taking on Feliciano Lopez in the nightcap.
The 2011 Rogers Cup titlist will pocket $450,000.
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Eastern Conference Playoff Betting Trends
We all know by now that the “public” loves to put their money on the FAVORITES and the OVERS. Just by taking a quick glance at Sportsbook.com’s “Betting Trends” it appears as is this tendency will continue as far as the Eastern Conference games are concerned. For the inaugural games of the first round, 69% of the early money is on Toronto -4.5; 59% of bettors prefer Chicago -4.5; 84% are backing Detroit -9; and 56% think Cleveland -11.5 is the way to go. As far as TOTALS are concerned, the only UNDER the “public” is backing is the Cleveland/ Washington game in which 83% are pounding the UNDER (190). Remember, there is no better way to predict a possible line change than by monitoring MySportsbook.com’s “Betting Trends”. By determining who the “public” is backing, you can get the most ideal line for your bet. For example, if you are siding with the public you better place your bet before the line moves in the wrong direction. On the other side of the coin, if you prefer the team that the “public” is betting against; you might be able to get and extra ½ or even more by placing your bet a bit later. Under the “Betting Trends” section, Sportsbook.com also provides plenty of statistical data and trends in order for the bettor to make the most informed pick. Below are some extremely important trends for the first round opponents of the Eastern Conference match-ups, more can be found at MySportsbook.com
New Jersey Nets vs. Toronto Raptors
Toronto was the most reliable covering team this season with a 48-33-1 ATS record but covered the OVER only 41.5% of the time.
The last 20 times these teams have played, the TOTAL has gone UNDER 16 times.
Versus Eastern Conference teams, Toronto is 33-19 ATS including 17-9 at home.
New Jersey has covered four games in a row while Toronto has failed to cover their last four games.
When playing a team with a winning record during the second half of the season, New Jersey was just 5-13 ATS this season.
After scoring 105 points or more, Toronto has covered the OVER only 28% of the time this season.
Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls
Miami has failed to cover their last 7 games whereas Chicago has covered 6 out of their last 8 games.
Miami has covered the UNDER in four of their last five games whereas Chicago has covered the UNDER in five out of their last six.
When playing on Saturdays, Miami covered 80% of their games this season.
Away from home, Chicago is just 16-25 ATS this season.
At home, Miami covered the UNDER about 66% of the time whereas Chicago covered the UNDER about 61% of the time.
The last 13 times these teams have played each other, Chicago has covered 9 times.
In Miami’s last 11 road games, the UNDER covered 9 times.
Orlando Magic @ Detroit Pistons
Detroit has covered 5 out of their last 6 games.
Away from home, Detroit is 28-13 ATS but just 14-26-1 ATS at home.
At home, Orlando covered the UNDER 64% of the time while Detroit covered the UNDER in 63% of their away games.
The last five times these teams have played in Detroit, the OVER covered each time.
Versus Eastern Conference teams, Detroit is 8-17-1 ATS at home but 17-9 ATS away.
Detroit covered the spread 5 out of the last 6 times they played Orlando.
After a Division game, Orlando covered the UNDER 87% of the time this season.
Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers
In a home game where the TOTAL is between 190 and 194.5 points, Cleveland is 9-1 ATS this season.
Washington has covered the UNDER in their last 6 games and in 8 of their last 9 games.
The last 6 times these teams have played each other, the UNDER covered each time.
When playing on 3 or more days of rest, Washington is just 18-37 ATS since 1996.
Since 1996, Washington is 28-16 ATS versus Cleveland including 11-5 over the last 3 seasons.
In their last 7 road games, Washington is 6-1 ATS.
Versus Eastern Conference teams at home, Washington is just 6-18-2 ATS.
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The Indianapolis Colts know that winning the Super Bowl last season put a huge target on their backs, and they expect opponents to go all-out to knock them from the top of the mountain.
They’ll get their first test from the New Orleans Saints this Thursday night. The defending champs had nothing but good things to say about the New Orleans defense this past week, praising their opponents’ pass rush and run-stopping abilities.
"They play very aggressively," head coach Tony Dungy told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "They play a lot of man-to-man coverage, and they come after you. They have good pass rushers, and they're going to try to pressure us, I'm sure."
Both center Jeff Saturday and quarterback Peyton Manning gave New Orleans’ front four props, admitting keeping guys like Will Smithand Charles Grant contained would be a tall task for the offensive line.
New Orleans ranked second in total defense during the preseason at a sportsbook, allowing just under 233 yards per game. Last season, the defense finished 11th in the league after giving up 307.3 yards and 20.1 points per contest.
Not so sound on the ground
If Indianapolis' efficient offense has a weakness it has to be its running attack. The Colts one-two-punch of Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai is no longer, leaving the bulk of the carries to Addai, the second-year back out of LSU.
Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Kenton Keith was named Addai’s backup this week after beating out DeDe Dorsey for the second-string position. Indy has only three backs on the roster right now, including fullback Luke Lawton, and coach Dungy is aware of the thinness of his ground game. Sports Betting lines on the game can be found at BettingExpress.com
“We’ll continue to look. Luke Lawton’s done a good job for us too. So probably getting a third true tailback is something that we’d like to do,” Dungy told the Indiana Tribune-Star.
Last season, Addai rushed for over 1,000 yards in his rookie campaign and scored seven touchdowns on the ground.
Brees says bring it on
Opening the season on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions is not the way most teams would like to kick off their year – unless you’re the New Orleans Saints or their quarterback Drew Brees. This internet Sportsbooks had the Saints as the favorites.
Brees told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he is excited to get the regular season started and the Colts are a great challenge for him and his teammates. The 28-year-old QB, entering his second season with the Saints, is expecting a wild environment in the RCA Dome this Thursday when the franchise celebrates its 2007-2007 championship.
Brees said he sees the opening game scheduling as an honor and a testament to how well New Orleans did last season. The Saints missed facing the Colts in the Super Bowl by one game, losing to the Chicago Bearsin the NFC Championship game.
"I mean, people think we can hang with these guys," Brees told reporters. "Even if they didn't, it wouldn't matter what they thought because as a team we're very confident. We know what we can do. We're not satisfied where we finished the season last year. And we've been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time."
SportsBooks ready for a shootout
Oddsmakers are preparing for some fireworks this Thursday when the NFL season kicks off. online Sportsbooks have Thursday’s total set at a whopping 52 points, accounting for two of the league’s most explosive offenses.
“This is like must-see TV,” Saints cornerback and former Colt Jason David told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “It’s two exciting offenses with great players. You’ve got a lot of star power on offense. At any given time a big play can happen. If I was a fan, I wouldn’t miss a snap.”
New Orleans, who ranked No.1 in total offense last season, can go blow-for-blow with the Colts’ attack. Head coach Sean Payton’s offensive schemes will get even better production out of Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and receiver Marques Colston now that they’ve each had a season of playing together under their belts.
The Saints and Colts were the top two passing teams in the NFL last year, but while Indianapolis managed to put up almost 27 points per game, New Orleans struggled to capitalize on their efforts. The Saints ranked fifth in points per game.
“Yards are great,” running backDeuce McAllister told reporters, “but to be able to score more touchdowns would be important for us.”
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