Nicolas Almagro – Mardy Fish
Almagro had a good tournament in Indian Wells reaching the quarterfinal, whereas Fish went down in his second match. In could prove decisive tonight that Fish doesn’t have the strain of that tournament in his body and it could also simply prove decisive that he has beaten Almagro in their previous 3 meetings.
Fish went all the way to the semifinal last year here in Miami, so he has a lot of points to defend. Almagro will put up a fight but Fish will prevail.
Juan Martin Del Potro – David Ferrer
Ferrer has always done quite well in this tournament and I see no reason for him being offered at prices around 3.00 against Del Potro.
Yes, Del Potro is a great player but Ferrer leads him 3-2 in their h2h, having won their latest encounter in a MASSIVE 5-setter in the Davis Cup-final.
Del Potro will want his revenge, but Ferrer has the upper hand when it comes to the psychological matter of tennis.
Na Li – Maria Sharapova
Sharapova somehow came through against Makarova yesterday despite no less than 11 double faults and a massive amount on unforced errors. If she doesn’t step up her game, she should find it a bit more difficult tonight.
Li came through a potentially dangerous encounter with Lisicki against whom she had lost her first 2 meetings but after losing the first set she raised her game.
These 2 have met each other 9 times before with Sharapova leading 5-4, but it’s been Li who has won all the last 4 meetings. On clay, indoor and grass which suggests a rather good read on this opponent. That’s why we’re taking on the chinese tonight.