ATP Madrid Masters Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Fri 8th May by @DavAulak

Tomas Berdych v John Isner

Tomas Berdych has quietly gone about his business this week in Madrid having reached the Final in Monte Carlo and that has continued what has been a very consistent season. Now he can move into yet another Semi Final at Masters level by beating John Isner in the Quarter Final, a player that Berdych has matched up well with in the past.

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You can see why Berdych has matched up well too- he has the wingspan to make sure he gets enough balls back into play and the Czech player is consistent enough off both wings off the ground to out-rally Isner from the baseline.


ATP Madrid Masters Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Fi 8th Apr by @DavAulak

Tomas Berdych

With a booming serve of his own, Berdych can take control of matches and I think he will have a similar level of success in this one as he has had against Isner in recent matches.

It won’t be easy for Berdych because Isner has been serving massively and that can frustrate the life out of opponents, but Berdych is well aware of what he is going to face on Friday and I expect him to control his own emotions. Doing that will give Berdych a chance to remain focused and find a way to break in each set and move through to the Semi Final behind a 64, 64 win.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Tomas Berdych – 2.5 Games @ 1.67 with UNIBET


Andy Murray  v Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic has been a comfortable winner over two clay courters here in Madrid which suggests his is clearly over the foot injury that forced his withdrawal from Monte Carlo during his match with Tomas Berdych. The wins over Juan Monaco and Leonardo Mayer in straight sets is impressive form to take into this Quarter Final, but Andy Murray is fresh off winning a title in Munich and who has two very good wins under his belt this week too.

The conditions in Madrid do usually play faster which will give Raonic the belief he can win this match and he has a winning record against Murray, but I do think the latter is showing the form that has taken him to the Semi Final at the French Open in the past.

Of course it can be difficult if Raonic is serving very big, especially as Murray’s own serve can be a weakness at times, but I do think the latter has been performing at a high enough level to get enough balls back in play. In the longer rallies, you would think Murray is going to win the majority of them on the slower clay court, especially of Raonic is still feeling his movement is not back to full strength.

The momentum is behind Murray to level up his head to head with Raonic, although he will have to get a decent percentage of first serves into play to make sure he doesn’t give the Canadian too much of a foothold in those games. If Murray can do that, I am confident he has enough ability to return the Raonic serve to force a 76, 64 win and a place in the Semi Final.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Andy Murray – 2.5 Games @ 2.08 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.



ATP Madrid Masters Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Thur 7th May by @DavAulak

Andy Murray v Marcel Granollers

Andy Murray has been playing a lot of tennis of late having won in Munich and then being forced to begin his Second Round match in the early hours of Thursday morning. He will be back on the court this evening and that quick turnaround is probably the biggest issue that Murray will face in this one against Marcel Granollers who has not been in the greatest form on the Singles Tour in 2015.

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Granollers is coming off an impressive win over Gael Monfils, but this is another level up in terms of competition and he is perhaps one of the Spanish players that is maybe more comfortable on the quicker surfaces rather than the clay courts.

The serve can be a weakness at times and Granollers doesn’t have the same patience as some of his compatriots to get involved in the longer rallies that develop on this surface.


ATP Madrid Masters Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Thur 7th Apr by @DavAulak

Andy Murray

Again, my main concern is the fatigue that Andy Murray might be facing. If he has got the required rest and is helped by the matches before his going longer than expected, I would expect Murray to be far too good in a 75, 63 win.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Andy Murray – 4.5 Games @ 1.75 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage


Kei Nishikori v Roberto Bautista Agut

Kei Nishikori was another player that perhaps took to the court a little later than expected on Wednesday and he had to come through a tough examination from David Goffin before booking his place in the Third Round.

The Japanese star is a real threat at the French Open as he showed by winning the title in Barcelona for the second year in a row and Nishikori could go very far as long as he can maintain his physical strength. The body does take a real pounding on the clay courts, but he has looked stronger over the last twelve months and I expect Nishikori to have recovered sufficiently to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in this match.

As much as I respect Bautista Agut for getting as high in the Rankings as he has, I do think he is found out more often than not when facing those players in the top ten. He took a fairly heavy battering from Nishikori in Barcelona, even if the match did need to go to three sets, and the way he plays does match up well for Nishikori.

There will be long rallies in the match and I think Nishikori is far better off the ground which will see him win those more often than not. Roberto Bautista Agut’s serve is not going to earn too many cheap points so he will have to work for everything he gets in this one and I think Nishikori will have plenty of opportunities to break serve and move through to the Quarter Final with a 64, 63 win behind him.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Kei Nishikori – 4.5 Games @ 2.18 with Betfair

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.