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Murray’s exit leaves Soderling favourite in Rotterdam betting

| 10.02.2011

Robin Soderling may be ranked higher than Andy Murray, but the Scot held the favouritism coming into the ABN AMRO tournament.

But Murray’s defeat in the first round sees Soderling claim his place atop the ABN AMRO betting market and is 74/ to win in Rotterdam this week, but Soderling faces an old nemesis in the second round.

Robin Soderling vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

The world number four has never beaten Kohlschreiber in three attempts, and while Soderling may be the 2/9 favourite to beat Kohlschreiber, it’s worth taking on the Swede.

Kohlschreiber is a huge price at 3/1 to beat Soderling considering his 3-0 head-to-head record and the German holds all the value in the betting market.

Two of Kohlschreiber’s three wins against Soderling have gone the distance, including their most recent encounter on the hard courts of Cincinnati, and the world number 36 is 6/1 to win 2-1.

Kohlschrieber is also 6/1 to win 2-0 and punters can find better value backing the German in the set betting than backing him to win outright.

Marco Baghdatis vs Feliciano Lopez

Baghdatis’ stunning straight sets win over Murray last night means he is now the 4/11 favourite to beat Feliciano Lopez in the second round and 10/1 to win the ABN AMRO tournament.

The two have met twice before and share a win apiece, but Baghdatis won on the hard courts of Doha while Lopez won on the grass of Wimbledon and while Lopez is a decent price at 2/1 to win, Baghdatis is the pick in what is sure to be a tight game.

Both ties between the two have gone the distance and Baghdatis is 11/4 to win the match 2-1.

Punters can find a little more value in backing Baghdatis to win the first set at 1/2 than backing the Cypriot for the outright win.

A £25 double on Kohlschreiber and Baghdatis winning would return £136.25. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



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.