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Fast courts of Paris put the advantage in Murray’s favour

| 10.11.2010

Andy Murray has admitted he is “mentally fresh” and “feels quite good” ahead of his second round tie with David Nalbandian on Wednesday lunchtime in Paris.

Nalbandian’s reward for beating Marcel Granollers is a tie against Murray, an opponent who couldn’t get the better of the Argentine until August of this year.

But Nalbandian has struggled for form this year, draopping to 25 in the world rankings, and Murray is rightly installed as the 1/2 favourite to beat Nalbandian.

The Scot believes that the fast courts of Paris will suit his tennis style and having beat Nalbandian in straight sets not so long ago, his confidence entering the tie will be high which should mean we see Murray play his best attacking tennis.

Murray is 6/5 to win the match 2-0, and although Nalbandian’s pedigree is proven, the state of the Argentine’s form should see Murray progress easily, as he searches for a strong finish to the season.

Ivan Ljubicic vs Stanislas Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka may be favourite for the clash with Ivan Ljubicic, but the Croat is in the form of his life, and losing to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open before making the final in Montpellier eleven days ago.

At 10/11, Ljubicic looks the value of Wednesday’s BNP Paribas Masters betting market.

The two have met exactly once a season since 2005 with Ljubicic coming out on top in the first three encounters, but Wawrinka has won the last two which is why he is installed as the 4/5 favourite.

From those five clashes, the two have only gone to a final set on one occasion and Ljubicic is 9/4 to win in straight sets, while Wawrinka is 2/1 to win 2-0.

Federer and Djokovic are also in action today but are unbackable at prices of 1/8 and 1/14 to win. See the full BNP Paribas Masters betting odds here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.