After being cancelled in 2020 (for obvious reasons), Canada’s prestigious tennis tournament (the second oldest tournament in the world behind Wimbledon) returns – with a star-studded cast of many of the best tennis in the world. Get ready for the ATP and WTA events (held separately in Toronto and Montreal, rotating duties each year) with our 2021 National Bank Open betting predictions.
Please note this event was previously the Rogers Cup (renamed in 2021, although Rogers remains the presenting sponsor).
Best Bets to Win the ATP National Bank Open
Below are the best tennis betting odds to win the 2021 ATP National Bank Open, along with the best players to bet on to win the tournament.
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Rafael Nadal Going for the Three-peat
While he sits just behind Daniil Medvedev as the favourite, Rafael Nadal’s experience and success at the tournament make him the best bet to win it in 2021. Nadal has won the last two iterations of the event – to give him five wins all-time in Canada.
Nadal’s record at the tournament (sometimes referred to as the Canadian Open) is 38-8 or 83%. Excluding his first appearance in 2004 and 2011, Nadal has made it to the third round every year he plays.
It’s been three years since the stars of the ATP Tour played in Toronto, but the wait ends on Monday as the #NBO21 gets underway.
Check out what @RafaelNadal and more top guns had to say ahead of the Canadians Masters 1000 event: 👇https://t.co/UohAIL3fS8
— National Bank Open (@NBOtoronto) August 9, 2021
He got back on the court – after a hiatus dating back to the 2021 French Open – at the Washington Open. Nadal looked healthy, making the Round of 16. The tune-up should help him compete in Toronto – and with a favourable draw, he has a great chance to make the National Bank Open Finals and pull off the three-peat.
Denis Shapovalov Could End the Canadian Draught
While the tournament – always held in Canada – usually attracts the best tennis players from the country annually, the success of Canadian men at the tournament is virtually non-existent. Since the Open era began in 1968 – not one Canadian has won the men’s singles tournament. That could change in 2021, thanks to Denis Shapovalov.
Shapovalov – currently the tenth-ranked man in the world – is coming off his best performance at a Grand Slam. He made the 2021 Wimbledon Semi-Finals, taking Novak Djokovic to seven games in three straight sets in the loss.
He also had success against Rafael Nadal at the event. He bet the former world no. 1 in 2017 at the tournament to advance to the semi-finals (his best finish at the Canadian Open).
At 22, he continues to improve his game and will have the backing of the fans (who will be in attendance). Shapovalov also gets a bye in the Round of 64 and cannot face Nadal until the Finals. Overall, Shapo offers excellent value at +1600 to become the first Canadian man since 1959 to win.
Best Bets to Win the WTA National Bank Open
Below are the futures available from Bovada to win the 2021 WTA National Bank Open, along with the best players to bet on to win the tournament.
To Win the National Bank Open Aryna Sabalenka +550 Garbine Muguruza +850 Bianca Adreescu +1100 Simona Halep +1200 Karolina Pliskova +1400 Maria Sakkari +1400 Elina Svitolina +1600 Victoria Azarenka +1600 Cori Gauff +1800 Petra Kvitova +1800
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Bianca Andreescu Could be the First Repeat Winner in 20 Years
Sure, Bianca Andreescu won when up 3-1 in the first set due to Serena Williams retiring in 2019. That does not mean she did not play well enough to make the finals and win other tournaments before and after (including the 2019 US Open in straight sets against Williams).
Who’s ready for the @OBNmontreal ?!? pic.twitter.com/aXSjToTWWT
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) August 6, 2021
Injuries have been an issue for the Canadian, but she is starting to look healthier again in 2021. This year, she is playing well on hard courts – going into the tournament with a 9-3 record. Playing with the support of the Canadian fan behind her should also give her a boost. Could that coupled with some returning health and her recent results be enough? We believe it will.
Elina Svitolina Could Claim her Second Title in Canada
The 2017 winner of the Rogers Cup (the previous name of the event) is at her best when playing on the hard court. Svitolina is 223-112 all-time on hard court, including 18-7 this year. Her best year on the surface came in 2017 (when she won in Canada) and went 34-9 for the year overall.
From 2016 to 2019, Svitolina made at least the third round, with a Semi-Finals appearance in 2018 her next best finish. She is 12-4 all-time at the event. Her draw this year is quite favourable. The biggest challenge she faces before the Semi-Finals is Petra Kvitova – who she has bested twice in 2021 (once on hard court, once on clay).
Things get wide open by the final two rounds of the tournament, but with a field not as deep as previous years, she could be the best player remaining and could win her second Canadian Open.
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