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  • Chris Sobey


This week’s ATP Tennis action at the Madrid Masters is now well underway and there have been a few upsets already with 13th seed Pouille losing against compatriot and qualifier Herbert, 14th seed Sock losing against veteran Mahut and 15th seed Monfils losing against compatriot Simon. Top-seed Andy Murray is through to the third round after he won his opener against Wild Card Copil yesterday, as did eighth seed Thiem against Lucky Loser Donaldson and ninth seed Goffin against Mayer.

Today’s action gets underway at 11am GMT and the likes of defending champion and second seed Djokovic, third seed Wawrinka, fourth seed and four time Madrid winner Nadal, fifth seed Raonic, sixth seed Nishikori, seventh seed Cilic, tenth seed Tsonga, 11th seed Berdych and 12th seed Dimitrov will all fight for the Chance to reach the third round against unseeded players today.

Of the nine Dimitrov (1.3), Berdych (1.4) and Nishikori (1.46), who play Karlovic, Haase and Schwarztman today, are all worth opposing from a trading perspective because either they have not played much competitive tennis of late and/or they have been out of form and inconsistent so far this season. Other players who are worth opposing from a trading perspective today are Coric (1.4), who has a 2-0 losing head-to-head record against Herbert, and Cuevas (1.3) against Mahut as the head-to-head stands at 1-1 and Mahut’s serve and volley game will suit the fast conditions.

From a match betting perspective an accumulator on the above five outsiders Karlovic, Haase, Schwaztman, Herbert and Mahut pays over 300/1 and to improve your chances of returning a profit its worth considering perming the five in a multiple bet of your choice.

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