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Murray’s Madrid Open match with Kohlschreiber could be tough


Second seed Andy Murray recently beat German opponent in Munich, but was ran close and they swiftly renew acquaintances on clay.

Great Britain’s top tennis star Andy Murray holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage on clay over first Madrid Open opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber, and is thus odds-on 1/3 with Sky Bet and Paddy Power to enhance that record further.

Men’s second seed Murray, a long shot fourth-favourite for this tournament at a top price of 25/1 with Betfair, recently beat the German on his native soil in the final of the Munich Open, but was taken to a third set. Unlike Grand Slam events, ATP event matches are the first to two.

For there to be a deciding set again here, Ladbrokes offer the best price of 7/4, and this certainly looks likely with Murray and Kohlschreiber’s previous two encounters on this surface going the distance.

Murray is 14/5 with Boylesports to repeat his 2-1 win from Munich in Madrid, and definitely has the beating of the German.

Kohlschreiber does hold a victory over the Scotsman on clay, however, back in 2010 at the Monte Carlo Masters, but is a 5/2 outsider with several bookies (Sky Bet, Ladbrokes, Boylesports, Betfred and Betfair) to cause another upset, and 7/1 (also Boylesports) to do so in straight sets again.

Another Madrid Open men’s match-up that holds some value is taking even-money on Fernando Verdasco defeating ninth seed Marin Cilic.

The Spaniard only trails his Croatian counterpart 4-5 in previous head-to-heads and has thus proved a thorny opponent. Verdasco is a superb 7/2 with Bet365 and to take Cilic’s scalp in three sets.

In the WTA event, Agnieszka Radwanska is a fabulous 15/8 with BetVictor to topple Caroline Wozniacki (odds-on 1/2 favourite with Ladbrokes and William Hill), who is seeded four spots above her in fifth.

Although the Danish star of Polish descent has won their only previous meeting on clay, though that was indoors, the Pole has hired women’s tennis legend Martina Navratilova as her coach.

If that Grand Slam great can rub off on Radwanska, then she can certainly pull her head-to-head record with Wozniacki back to 7-5 in this third round Madrid match.

Finally, just three places in the WTA rankings separate Australia’s Sam Stosur and Russia’s third-best racket star Svetlana Kuznetsova, but it was the latter that won their only clay clash in 2009.

Odds of 6/5 with Boylesports say Kuznetsova can repeat her French Open triumph from six years ago, and it’s 19/5 at she does it in three sets.

Betting tip: Murray beats Kohlschreiber @ 14/5 with Boylesports

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