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Djokovic’s dominance under threat as Nadal and Federer hit stride

| 30.03.2011

Comfortable wins for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer has blown the Sony Ericsson Open betting wide open as the world’s top three continue to play at peak form.

Novak Djokovic continues to hold the favouritism at 11/10 because should Nadal and Federer negotiate their quarter-finals, they will face each other in the semi-finals.

But straight sets wins for the world’s number one and three has seen them attract plenty of support in the betting and Nadal is available at 2/1 to win the tournament while Federer is 10/3.

Miami hosts the first of the two quarter-finals today and David Ferrer and Mardy Fish will open up the men’s draw before Djokovic takes on Kevin Anderson later tonight.

David Ferrer vs Mardy Fish

David Ferrer may be the 1/2 favourite but this is an intriguing tie considering the fact the on the six occasions these two have met, each player has three wins to his name.

Only two of those ties were one comfortably – one for Ferrer, one for Fish, and with the other four going the distance, punters can expect a tight match in Miami.

Ferrer’s rise to number six in the world should not go unnoticed and after an Australian Open semi-final appearance, plus a final appearance in Mexico a month ago, Ferrer should just have the edge and we’re backing him at 3/1 to win 2-1.

Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson

Djokovic has had the easiest draw in Miami by far and while Kevin Anderson’s victories over Nikolay Davydenko and John Isner were impressive, he’s up against a different beast in Djokovic and this is reflected in Djokovic’s odds of 1/33 to win.

Surprisingly the only time these two met – in this tournament in 2008 – Anderson emerged victorious with a 2-1 win, but while the South African will take heart from that result, punters should look no further than the 1/8 for Djokovic to win 2-0.

A £20 stake on Ferrer beating Fish 2-1 would return £80. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.



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.