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Nadal’s injury troubles leave the Paribas Masters wide open

| 08.11.2010

As the ATP Tour heads to Paris this week, Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal due to a shoulder injury leaves the ATP betting market much tighter than it would have been.

With Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all in action, there is still a very strong field for the penultimate tournament of the ATP Tour which sees Federer head the winners market at 2/1.

After winning his last two tournaments that he has featured in, Federer is the in-form player and those who have written his chances of challenging for the Grand Slam’s next year, have done so at their peril.

Despite Murray’s doubles win alongside his brother Jamie in Valencia last Sunday, Djokovic is Federer’s main danger and a repeat of last week’s Swiss Indoors final wouldn’t be a shock.

Djokovic lost the final 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, but is 3/1 to reverse last week’s result and win in Paris.

Murray will be buoyed by the family success in Valencia, but will want to win on his on terms this week, but after a shock defeat to Juan Monaco in the singles last week, Murray is 5/1 to win the BNP Paribas Masters.

The first round gets under way on Monday and the likes of Fernando Lopez, Richard Gasquet and Stansialv Wawrinka are all expected to progress to the second round.

But Lopez faces a stiff test in Arnaud Clement who holds a 2-1 head-to-head lead over Lopez, and with both players struggling to find any form on the hard courts, Clement at 1/1 to beat Lopez looks the better value.

Monaco, Murray’s conqueror from Valencia, faces American Sam Querrey in another tight first round match, and Monaco is 1/1 to go through to the second round.

Outside the top three, David Ferrer looks the best value at 20/1 to win the BNP Paribas Masters. See the full BNP Paribas Masters betting odds here.



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.