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Don’t expect surprises as Djokovic and Murray take to the court

| 10.03.2012

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic begin their BNP Paribas Open campaigns this weekend with what promises to be a straightforward couple of matches.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez should have no answer for Murray in their match, with Murray winning once in Brisbane already this year and reaching the final in Dubai and the semis of the Australian Open.

Murray is the huge 1/33 favourite to come through his first match and it’s hard to see anything other than a win for the Scot – especially with the improvements he’s making with new coach Ivan Lendl.

The 24-year-old said: “My forehand is a bigger weapon than it was before. It is not a major change but it is very different, especially in the way I move my feet.”

Backing Murray to win this in straight sets at 1/8 may not be the biggest odds you’ll ever encounter but it looks like the best way of making some cash out of the clash.

However, Murray did crash out of this tournament at the same stage last season, losing to unknown American Donald Young and another upset in this clash can be backed at a rather big 9/1.

A better bet may be to back Murray to drop a set and come through to win 2-1 at 11/2 though.

Meanwhile, World No.1 Djokovic is an absolutely massive favourite in his game at 1/100 and it’s almost impossible to see anything other than a comfortable win for the world’s best player.

Backing Djokovic to win in straight sets at 1/12 looks like the only bet worth taking on – even at such short odds.

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Richard Anderson