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We’ve got the remaining four R16 matches on the men’s side scheduled for Monday, which is shaping up to be a great day for tennis.
Sunday’s slate, as I write this, has played out pretty close to how we expected it to. Sascha Zverev got through his 4R test, but Karen Khachanov pushed him to five sets. The German, yet again, came back from a set down, which may come back to bite him later in the tourney. Also, Domi Thiem blew Kei Nishikori off the court in the first two sets, but the Japanese player responded in the third before Thiem eventually got through in four.
With the other two matches (David Goffin-Marco Cecchinato and Novak Djokovic-Fernando Verdasco) yet to kick off, it’s time to peek ahead to tomorrow’s card — and pick our next moves.
Odds-wise, Rafa Nadal (-10000) is the only large favorite on the board — ahead of his clash against Max Marterer. Each of the other three favorites sit in the -120 to -200ish range. And, seeing that I expect Rafa to advance relatively sweat-free, let’s focus on those other matches (including two daily hitters) for Monday.
Marin Cilic (-222) vs. Fabio Fognini (+170)
H2H: Cilic leads 2-1