26th March 2014

The Cibulkova v Radwanska match is covered for the Shark Tips service.

 

19:00Murray v Djokovic 

Murray outclassed Tsonga yesterday. That was despite another Murray “injury”. Due to multitasking I was watching with the sound off but he went through a few of his standard grimaces and called the trainer. He only wanted painkillers though.

Despite Miami being Murray’s second home Djokovic won their last meeting there which was in the 2012 final.

If Murray is managing an injury that requires painkillers then Djokovic is a strong market favourite with good reason. However even if Murray is below his best Djokovic’s starting price of 1.33 seems like an over reaction. We have never seen him start so low against Murray on a hard court. The last time he was near to that price was in Dubai 2012. He was 1.38 and Murray won that day.

I don’t see Murray winning this one though. We should see a higher price on Djokovic and an early Murray break would be perfect to give us a decent entry price.

 

23:00Wozniacki v Li

Their head to heads are 3-3 although they haven’t played since 2012. All their previous matches were on hard courts.

Wozniacki has had it easy in the last couple of matches losing just 1 game against superstar Stephens and also just 1 game against a tired Lepchenko. She hasn’t had that game tuning tough match that the players so often need.

Li’s second round opponent, Kleybanova, withdrew before their match and in the last round Suarez Navarro apparently played like Li’s husband which would explain the 6-0, 6-2 scoreline.

If Li brings her A game to the court she is strong favourite to win this. Five of their 6 matches have gone to 3 sets so this  should be close.

Li to win in 3.

 

01:00Federer v Nishikori

Head to heads are 1-1. Nishikori won their last match on the clay in Madrid in 2013. Federer’s game wasn’t in a good place then. Nishikori won’t be winning this one.

Nishikori beat Ferrer in a third set tie break. It wasn’t a high quality encounter with both struggling to cope with conditions.

Federer has continued his excellent form and should win this in 2 sets.

 

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