There was just one shock result out of ten matches yesterday, which suggests the higher seeds and bookmakers’ favourites are just starting to get a grip on the tournament.
That, thankfully, is also very helpful to our betting tips….
Miami Masters Betting Tips – Mens
In stark contrast to the rest of the tournament, the last 16 on the mens side of the draw went as expected with all eight of the higher seeds defeating their lower-ranked opponents.
Number one seed Novak Djokovic brushed aside the threat of Dominic Thiem in straight sets to clinch a quarter-final meeting with Tomas Berdych, a player he holds a 22-2 head-to-head lead over. The Czech star overcame Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 7-5 in their meeting, and while that performance was impressive enough we have to favour the Serb in the last eight given that he seems to hold all the aces when the pair meet.
Indeed, of their last nine meetings Djokovic has won seven in straight sets, and so we’ll add the 2-0 scoreline in this one to today’s betting tips at 1.40. Here at Bet Advisor we know that punters love juicier odds than that, but sometimes bankroll building is essential too.
Elsewhere David Goffin saw off the plucky underdog Horacio Zeballos in straight sets, and the Belgian will now face Gilles Simon, who has been in imperious form so far in Miami. He saw off his French compatriot Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-1, which means he has dropped just one set on his way to the quarter finals. Simon is a slight underdog at 2.11 and that has to be worth a look, particularly with a +2.5 game handicap at 1.57.
After a bit of a waiver in his last 16 tie, Milos Raonic was back to his best in a flawless 6-0 6-3 win over Damir Dzumhur. He’ll now meet Nick Kyrgios in what will be their first ever encounter on a hard court; the Aussie having seen off Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets.
Meanwhile Grigor Dimitrov – despite taking the first set – could not quite finish off the tough Gael Monfils, and so now the Frenchman will take his place in the last eight against Kei Nishikori, who has gone about his work quietly and confidently in Miami so far. Yet to drop a set, the Japanese star looks a safe bet at 1.45 to see off Monfils.
Miami Masters Betting Tips – Womens
Two of the ladies’ quarter final ties were played yesterday, and there was a 50/50 ratio of expected/unexpected results.
Of the anticipated victory Svetlana Kuznetsova held up her end of the bargain. After seeing off Serena Williams in fine style in the last 16, the Russian continued where she left off against Ekaterina Makarova. Mind you, she was made to work for her win after losing the first set in a tie-break, but as she did against Williams the 15th seed got stronger as the contest went on, and claimed the final two sets 6-4 6-3.
She will meet the 19th seed, Timea Bacsinsky, in the first of the womens semi finals. The Swiss starlet shocked the fifth seed, Simona Halep, in three sets to clinch her first semi final appearance of 2016 to date.
Bacsinsky has endured a rather fallow period in recent months, with this being the first time she has progressed past the last 16 of a ranking event tournament since November. Will she have the confidence to see off Kuznetsova?
The Russian herself hasn’t been passed the last 16 of an event since WTA Sydney in week one (which incidentally she won), so here is a fantastic opportunity for one of these ladies to get into form with the French Open not a million miles away.
Kuznetsova holds a 2-0 head-to-head lead, but has dropped a set in each of her matches in Miami. The bookmakers can’t split them either – she is 1.91, Bacsinsky 2.00 – so you can make your own minds up as to who will win this one!
Later on today Victoria Azarenka and Johanna Konta play, plus Angelique Kerber against Madison Keys, to decide the make-up of the other semi-final clash.