The ATP Tout heads to Miami for the second of back to back Masters Series events. Last week we witnessed what will go down as one of the matches of the season – a epic win for Del Potro over Federer in the Indian Wells final. Both men had multiple match points throughout the match and will look to bring that form with them to the east coast.
Federer is the defending champion and remains the man to beat but The Wolf says to keep an eye on several men who are trying to reignite their careers. Djokovic, Raonic and Nishikori were all ranked in the top 5 at some point and will be dangerous floaters in the draw as they are seeded 9, 20 and 26 respectively. It makes for some enthralling matchups with Nishikori set to meet Del Potro in the 3rd round. Strap it for one hell of a tournament!
Miami Masters Feature Previews
Denis Shapovalov v Viktor Troicki
Shapovalov ran out of steam in the only other meetings between the pair in Shanghai last season but The Wolf says he has matured very quickly. Troicki has lost 10 of his last 14 matches on tour while Shapovalov continues to go from strength to strength. He made the semi’s in Delray Beach just weeks ago and has wins over the likes of Nishikori, Donaldson and Fritz in 2018. It has been a meteoric rise for the Canadian teengaer and The Wolf says we will join him for the journey. A year ago he was winning Futures and Challenger events, today he will take down a veteran and former world number 12.
Best Bet: Shapovalov -2.5 ($1.70)
Stefanos Tsitsipas v Daniil Medvedev
Few men have won as many matches on tour as Medvedev in 2018. He claimed the first title of his career in Sydney and made the quarters in Rotterdam as a qualifier. Tsitsipas is looming as a future star and he continues to grow in confidence with every match. The Wolf says his time will come and cannot look past the consistency of Medvedev from the back of the court. He cannot believe that the bookies have this one close to a flip. Medvedev should be a firm favourite making this The Wolf’s best bet of the day!
Best Bet: Medvedev WIN ($1.80)
Calvin Hemery v Thaniaso Kokkinakis
On paper this looks like a routine win for Kokkinakis but The Wolf says to proceed with caution. Thanasi has been well below his best, losing in convincing fashion to Baghdatis and Feliciano Lopez in recent weeks. He is having serious problems winning points behind his 2nd serve and that will leave him vulnerable yet again in this one. Hemery brings a big game to the table and if he can improve his consistency we will see a lot more of him on the main tour. The Wolf is more than happy to take the Frenchman with the start and says he is a genuine chance for the upset win.
Best Bet: Hemery +3.5 ($1.85)
Nicolas Kicker v Frances Tiafoe
Tiafoe failed to back up following his title winning run in Delray Beach, going down in the opening round at Indian Wells. He now faces a man that has been a real money maker for the Wolfpack in 2018. Few people will know about Nicolas Kicker and it is the reason he continues to go up as a big outsider in the market. He went awfully close to beating Anderson in the 3rd round of Indian Wells last week (lost 7-6 7-6) and has shown that he can handle big servers. He should not be this price!
Best Bet: Kicker WIN ($4.00)
|Shapovalov v Troicki||Shapovalov -2.5 ($1.70)|
|Kuhn v King||Over 22.5 games ($1.80)|
|De Minaur v Nishioka||Nishioka +2.5 ($2.00)|
|Mayer v Young||Mayer -3.5 ($1.91)|
|Garcia-Lopez v Sandgren||Under 23.5 games ($1.73)|
|Donskoy v Bedene||Donskoy +1.5 ($1.91)|
|Tsitsipas v Medvedev||Medvedev WIN ($1.80)|
|Johnson v Estrella-Burgos||Estrella-Burgos +5.5 ($1.70)|
|Bhambri v Basic||1st Set Correct Score 7-6 ($3.60)|
|Lajovic v Zeballos||Lajovic WIN ($1.80)|
|Fabbiano v Basilashvili||Basilashvili WIN ($2.25)|
|Berankis v Albot||Berankis WIN ($1.73)|
|Copil v Kukushkin||Over 22.5 games ($1.85)|
|Hemery v Kokkinakis||Hemery +3.5 ($1.85)|
|Istomin v Kecmanovic||Istomin WIN ($1.80)|
|Kicker v Tiafoe||Kicker WIN ($4.00)|