The 1st round is in the rear view and we welcome the seeded players onto the court. Djokovic will steal most of the headlines but The Wolf says that he will again struggle. He looked a shadow of the player that dominated tennis when he lost to Taro Daniel in Indian Wells and crashed out in the opening round of the doubles. Clearly he is trying to get more game time under his belt but The Wolf says he has a lot of work to do before challenging at major tournaments.
Miami Masters Feature Previews
Benoit Paire v Novak Djokovic
As mentioned, Djokovic is yet to reclaim the form that saw him rule the world of tennis for an extending period of time. In a recent interview, Boris Becker hinted that Novak was suffering from more than just an elbow injury. He is yet to solve the elbow problem when it comes to his serve and the proof of that is in the numbers. He won just 61% of points on serve in his loss to Daniel a week ago and has now had his serve broken 9 times across his last two matches on tour. It opens the door for Paire and if the Frenchman can keep a lid on his temper he has the potential to cause an upset. Take Paire with the start.
Best Bet: Paire +4.5 ($1.91)
John Millman v Kei Nishikori
Wolfy is shocked to see Millman this short in the market. Yes, he has been playing some decent tennis and won a Challenger event a month ago, but by no means does he have the game to contend with Nishikori. The Japanese star may be making a slow return from injury but he has played some very solid tennis – even in his defeats. He made the semi’s in New York and pushed an in form Shapovalov all the way. Moreover, he grew up on the Florida hard courts, coming through the Bolletiero Academy. If Nishikori is anywhere near 50% he will be winning thins match handily.
Best Bet: Nishikori -3.5 ($2.00)
Andrey Rublev v Vasek Posposil
This one shapes as a real clash of styles and it makes for a very exciting encounter. Rublev will swing for the fences as he always does while Posposil will look to use his serve and make the Russian hit that extra ball. Posposil struggles to break serves at the best of times but Rublev will give him chances to do so – he always does. He has conceded multiple breaks in each of his last 6 matches on tour and it is the reason why The Wolf sees this one going the distance. The Overs is as good a bet as we will get this weekend.
Best Bet: Over 23.5 games ($2.00)
Juan Martin Del Potro v Robin Haase
He is one of the crowd favourties and he deserves nothing but credit for his attitude and performances. Del Potro made it back to back titles by winning in Indian Wells, in what was his first ever Masters Series success. He extended his win streak to 11 matches and brings a 4-0 record over Haase with him into this one. He has won the last 8 sets that they have contested which includes 3 consecutive straight sets victories. He is at the peak of his powers at the moment and The Wolf says he will frustrate Haase into going for more than he should. Del Potro in straight sets!
Best Bet: Sets Del Potro 2-0 ($1.47)
|Schwartzman v Jarry||Under 22.5 games ($1.80)|
|Goffin v Sousa||Sousa +3.5 ($2.10)|
|Isner v Vesely||Over 24.5 games ($1.85)|
|Herbert v Cilic||Herbert +4.5 ($1.73)|
|Gasquet v Chardy||Gasquet WIN ($2.00)|
|Ymer v Raonic||Over 20.5 games ($1.85)|
|Chung v Ebden||Chung -4.5 ($1.73)|
|Paire v Djokovic||Paire +4.5 ($1.91)|
|Millman v Nishikori||Nishikori -3.5 ($2.00)|
|Rublev v Posposil||Over 23.5 games ($2.00)|
|Marterer v Dimitrov||Marterer WIN ($3.50)|
|Del Potro v Haase||Sets Del Potro 2-0 ($1.47)|