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Murray tasked with ending Djokovic’s incredible unbeaten run

| 13.05.2011

What a day tennis punters are in for as Rome prepares to host the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Having dumped out Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the semi-finals in a line-up that oozes quality.

Richard Gasquet vs Rafael Nadal

Gasquet has shocked the Internazionali BNL d’Italia odds on successive occasions with his defeats of the world number three and seven, but the Frenchman is up against it today and is 13/2 to win.

Nadal, despite struggling with a fever all week, is the 1/14 favourite to win and having dominated Marin Cilic in his quarter-final, looks set to do the same today.

Gasquet has never beaten Nadal, he’s attempted to eight times, and Nadal has only dropped four sets in that time.

Nadal is 2/9 to win 2-0 but take the 4/5 for Nadal to win -5.5 games in the handicap betting.

Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic

There may be just two places separating the two players in the world rankings, but the Internazionali BNL d’Italia betting makes Djokovic the very short favourite at 1/8.

The two have met just once on clay and Djokovic dominated, winning 6-0, 6-4, and the Serb is 2/5 to win 2-0.

Murray is 9/2 to cause an upset today but Djokovic is in such dominant form that the real value is in backing Djokovic at 8/11 to win -4.5 games in the handicap betting.

With the French Open just a week, a final between Djokovic and Nadal would have a huge effect on the French Open odds should Djokovic upset Nadal for the second week running.

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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.