Tennis betting handicappers will have their choice of the top players in the world in an ATP event worth 1000 points which brings out the top names on the tennis odds board.
Only Wimbledon and the US Open are older tournaments than the Rogers Cup Canadian Open, which was first held in 1881. This Masters Tournament rotates between Toronto and Montreal. This year the total prize money is over $2.4 million.
Andy Murray is the defending Rogers Cup champion and he became the first British winner of the event. The Scotsman will try to add to his collection of 4 Masters 1000 trophies in this year’s event.
The big news is that Roger Federer will return to action after his stunning setback at Wimbledon earlier this summer. He has won the Rogers Cup in 2006 and 2004.
Novak Djokovic is ranked 2nd in the world and returns to Rogers Cup action having win the event in 2007 when he defeated Federer in his debut in this tournament.
Then of course there is the biggest name in tennis, Rafael Nadal, who will be the Rogers Cup betting favorite as the number one ranked player in the world. Nadal returned with a vengeance this year after an injury plagued 2009 with wins at Roland Garros and at Wimbledon.
Nadal has a total of 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles and was the Rogers Cup winner in 2005 and 2008.
Nadal tops the Rogers Cup seedings followed by Djokovic, Federer, and Murray. Rounding out the top ten beginning in fifth position is Robin Soderling, Nikolay Davydenko, Tomas Berdych, Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco, and David Ferrer.
Federer has had a stunning fall so far in 2010 as he finished off 2009 as the undisputed number one player in the world and seemingly at the top of his game. But between nagging injuries and sloppy play he now ranks 3rd in the world.
Federer was a tennis betting favorite to successfully defend his Wimbledon title but he was dominated by Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6 in the quarterfinals.
Federer did not exactly win fans after the loss to Berdych as he came off as petulant and full of alibis and excuses. While he will be motivated at the Rogers Open his ability will be in question with handicappers.