Miami Open: betting update
Frank Monkhouse | 1 April 2017
How the betting is shaping
With the Miami Open now in full swing, we update you on the form of the tournament’s big guns, and how that has affected the betting.
There’s no Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic, of course, both pulling out with injury before the off, making for an open market, and one filled with value for those with a keen eye. Click here to place your tennis bets and accumulators.
Federer shows his bottle
Our pre-competition pick Roger Federer has enjoyed a stunning start to 2017, winning the Australian Open, and he followed that up with the winner’s cheque at Indian Wells. The former ended in a pulsating win over old rival Rafa Nadal, while he beat Stan Wawrinka at the BNP Paribas Open.
35-year-old Fed-Ex was thought to be finished at the top level of tennis not too long ago, now he is right back in the mix as a major player, and started at Crandon Park as betting favourite with Coral. He proved just why traders wanted to keep him close, with a dramatic win over Tomas Berdyych to reach the semi-finals.
Well fancied going in to the tie, thanks to a solid recent head-to-head record against the Czech star, it quickly developed into a battle of wills, one Federer won, courtesy of a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) score. He survived two match points to come through and if there were any slight question marks still hanging over his stomach for a fight, they were more than answered in that war.
Victory did nothing but win him more fans on Coral’s trading floor, and he remains favourite with us to go all the way and lift the title, currently trading at 11/8.
The recent misery continued for Stan Wawrinka as his challenge ended, with the top seed beaten by German hot-shot Alexander Zverev earlier this week. Ranked number 20 in the world, Zverev battled back from a set down to topple his opponent in convincing fashion, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. That result strengthened Federer’s position at the head of the betting.
Hopes of the 19-year-old Zverev blazing a trail of glory towards an outright upset were crushed on Thursday however, as his challenge was halted by Nick Kyrgios. The Australian ground down his opponent courtesy of a 6-4, 6-7 (9-11), 6-3 result. Tennis fans were treated to a glimpse into the future of the sport, as two promising young players battled for supremacy. Kyrios now faces Federer in the semi-finals, and is currently 6/4 with Coral for the win, or 4/1 to lift the title.