The ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal is where the real preparations for the US Open begin and that means that every shrewd punter needs to follow it as closely as possible, as it always gives plenty of hints about who could be in for a real breakthrough in the second part of the season.

Match: Benoit Paire vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

Philipp Kohlschreiber

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Selection: Benoit Paire

Best Odds: 2.07 @ Pinnacle

Likewise, it also always gives plenty of hints about who could be in for a real disaster in the second part of the season – and, this time around, there is every chance that it is going to be Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German has always been fairly successful in this part of the year, but his recent form leaves much to be desired and this might be the year for him to crumble a little bit, especially since the draw in Montreal hasn’t been especially kind to him, as he will be up against Benoit Paire in the first round.

The Frenchman has apparently decided to take a break after the tournament in Hamburg and that could have actually been a really wise decision from his part, as he is a guy that often loses his focus when things get a bit repetitive – and there wasn’t anything special for him to win between then and now anyway. The large hard court events are the priority for him – and it would be reasonable to expect him to turn up in the best possible form.

He has always been a very talented player and the interesting thing is that he has really upped his game in recent months, which means that his victory over Kohlschreiber back in Indian Wells might be much more telling than the two previous meetings between the two. There are hardly any guarantees in the game of tennis these days, but Paire could go well today – and backing him to defeat Kohlschreiber might indeed be the best selection from today’s schedule in Montreal.