With only six weeks to go until the French Open at Roland Garros, the season’s second Grand Slam event, the cream of tennis have been sunning themselves at the Miami Masters, with a few world-beaters rising to the top now the semi-final stage has been reached.
Ahead of the ATP and WTA last-four encounters, we’ve cobbled together a treble comprised of top prices with bwin on Andy Murray’s, Serena Williams’ and Novak Djokovic’s matches. It will pay out at over 5/1 if successful.
Andy Murray (-1.5 games) to beat Tomas Berdych @ 13/18
Berdych edges the historic head-to-head with Murray by six wins to five, but the Scot has won three of this past four tussles with the Czech on hard courts, including in this year’s Australian Open semi-final and at the same stage of the US Open in 2012.
Murray made it past this handicap mark in each of those victories, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their last best-of-three-sets clash at the ATP Tour Finals two-and-a-half years ago, so this looks the way to boost a bet on the Brit.
Serena Williams (-6.5 games) to beat Carla Suarez Navarro @ 15/13
The world number one has managed this feat in three of her four matches against Suarez Navarro, and averages 10.5-game wins in two tussles with the Spaniard on hard courts.
She has been in flying form recently too, and outlasted world number three Simona Halep in the Miami Masters quarter final 6-2, 4-6, 6-5, which was just shy of landing this handicap.
Against a player outside the top ten, and with a whiff of a final place in the air, the 33-year-old should be able to turn it on.
John Isner not to win a set against Novak Djokovic @ 11/17
The hard-hitting American has done remarkably well to make it this far in Miami, beating better-ranked trio Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov along the way, but on balance he should be backed to be whooped by the world number one.
After a run of three matches against Isner in which he did drop at least a set, Djokovic beat the 29-year-old 2-0 at Indian Wells only last month, and the Serb has only lost one of his past eight in this tournament.
He swept world number seven and hard-court master David Ferrer aside without reply in the last round. Bank on a similar fate befalling Isner.