Onto round two with several big names falling at the first hurdle leaving holes in both draws. I said Kei Nishikori had an interesting opener but I did not expect him to go out to Benoit Paire and his exit has left the second quarter of the men's singles wide open. Grigor Dimitrov looks to be playing himself into form and he can move past Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets at a best price Even money.
I am far from convinced by Milos Raonic who simply does not look the force of old since returning from foot surgery just before Wimbledon. He may have beaten Tim Smyczek in straight sets in round one but things would have been very different if the American had taken one of two set points in the second set tiebreak. Next up is Fernando Verdasco who showed signs of returning to form in Cincinnati, and I think 9-4 is a fair price about the Spaniard taking out the big-serving Canadian.
I cannot stop opposing Nadal now so I'll have a small play on the talented but temperamental Diego Schwartzmann. The Argentine brushed aside Swedish prospect Elias Ymer in round one and he is temptingly priced at 13-1 with one bookie.
Oceane Dodin sprung a surprise in the women's first round with victory over former world number one Jelena Jankovic. The young Frenchwoman hits the ball as hard as anyone on the tour and she can continue her run against clay-courter Mariana Duque Marino.
Venus Williams struggled against Monica Puig and she faces a tougher proposition against Irina Falconi who will not lack for support having been brought up in New York City. Falconi is having her best season so far and, with the elder Williams sister visibly wilting in the heat on Monday, she is a big price at 10-3 to proceed.