With outright pick Novak Djokovic still looking the most likely winner of the ATP Miami, there’s no need to dabble in the outright market this week and instead it’s time to turn our attention to Tuesday’s match bets.
Dimitrov vs Isner
The two players haven’t clashed previously but, whilst world ranked number 24 Isner has the power to be a thorn in anyone’s side, and can win a match just by holding serve and winning tie-breaks, he hasn’t got anywhere near the all round game of Dimitrov (4/6) who has firmly established himself in the second echelon of men’s tennis, currently world number 11.
Both players have already exceeded the expectations of their rankings in this tournament by beating better fancied players. Mannarino (4/6) beat an admittedly out-of-form Stan Wawrinka in the last round whilst Thiem beat American Jack Sock. The pair haven’t clashed before but Mannarino may just be able to put his greater experience to use with a likely quarter-final against Andy Murray at stake.
Monaco vs Verdasco
The two 30 + veterans have met 13 times before with Monaco winning 8-times and Verdasco 5-times, though Vedasco has won their last two meetings. Verdasco (8/13) has arguably played the better hard-court tennis this season as well; only losing out to Nishikori (took a set) and Federer recently and, if his win over Nadal in the last round hasn’t taken too much out of him, he can take this.
Berdych vs Monfils
Though neither player is exactly at the top of their form right now, Berdych (4/9) has the upper-hand in both world rankings and head-to-heads. He’s won four of the five matches they’ve played but, more importantly, all three of their matches on hard-courts.
2 point double Berdych 4/9 and Verdasco 8/13 (William Hill)
1 point accumulator Berdych 4/9, Verdasco 8/13, Mannarino 4/6 and Dimitrov 4/6 (William Hill)