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Federer to upset the home faithful again in the Paris Masters

| 10.11.2011

Roger Federer has already knocked one home hope out of the Paris Masters this year and it seems highly likely that he will dump out another as he faces Richard Gasquet in round three.

Federer made light work of Adrian Mannarino in the his opening match in round two and is 1/8 in the tennis betting to beat Gasquet and potentially leave Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as the only Frenchman in the quarter finals of the tournament.

The pair have squared off ten times before, with Federer winning eight of these and perhaps most importantly all four on hard courts.

However, Gasquet did win the most recent encounter earlier this year on the clay of Rome and is 9/2 to defeat the Swiss maestro again.

Elsewhere, in third round action, it could be a bad for the US, as all of their three players remaining in the draw could all suffer exits.

Andy Roddick is likely to have his hands full with Brit Andy Murray, while John Isner and Mardy Fish also have tough assignments.

Feliciano Lopez is the opponent for Isner and the Spaniard will be full of confidence after shocking Gael Monfils in round two.

Lopez will also be buoyed on by the prospect of an all Spanish quarter final with David Ferrer and is fancied at 8/11 to beat Isner.

Many will believe that Fish should have the upper hand in his meeting with Juan Monaco, but the Argentine could be classed as the surprise package of the tournament.

Monaco has won both his matches in Paris so far in straight sets and has defeated two useful opponents in Donald Young and Gilles Simon.

He also beat Fish in their only other meeting this year in Dusseldorf and 11/8 looks great value that he triumphs again, particularly as Fish continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.