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12th March - 18th March

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Re: 12th March - 18th March

Sharapova vs Kirilenko. Over 18.5 games. 1.85 @ Bwin (6/10) Sharapova is yet to be tested this week and this one finally will be her first real test. Kirilenko was involved in very strange match against Petrova and managed to win that one. Not sure she can repeat the shock result of beating Sharapova in Australian Open but can make at least one of the sets close. Sharapova's serve is a bit suspect these days and Kirilenko can take an advantage of it. All the matches they've contested have been very close and there have not been single unders in 4 meetings. 18.5 games is not that big to cover. Halep managed to get 19 games against Sharapova so why wouldn't Kirilenko? Ivanovic to beat Bartoli. 2.09 @ Pinnacle (5/10) I'll take Ivanovic as underdog in this one. She was beaten by Bartoli at the same stage in IW last year but was playing awful tennis at the time. Now she's improved a lot and THE win against Wozniacki (despite Dane being utter crap) will give her real confidence boost. Ana is 4-3 in H2H against Bartoli and the stats should be another crucial factor on the + side. Ivanovic is playing attacking tennis and can compensate lack of serve at times. She did very well hitting the corners against Wozniacki and if she can repeat that game plan against Bartoli, it will be a winning formula. Bartoli has issues covering the baseline and she gets tired. It's 1/4finals after all...
Good work :-) Followed on both and got back into black numbers. Any thoughts about Delpo Fedex?

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Have shocked myself by not touching WTA today. Here's the opinion about Federer match and also taking overs in Rafa's match. Federer -3 vs Del Potro. 1.91 @ Pinnacle (5/10) Federer has already beaten Del Potro 3 times in 2012. Del Potro has managed to get only one break in those matches and overall has been unable to get it going against Roger. Their last meeting was couple of tie-breaks for Federer in Dubai. Federer did not face a break point in that one and managed to win the 2nd tie-break being 6-2 down. Overall I think Federer has a good chance of getting an easier win today, probably a break in each set could happen. Have seen Potro against both Matosevic and Istomin. Neither is a world class player yet Del Potro struggled against both of them and, he was lazy and disinterested at times. This kind of stuff won't work against Federer. Besides there's always that mental aspect of their H2H meetings as well. Fed dominates 10-2 and has not lost against Del Potro since 2009. Handicap over unders for me in this one. Should be good to cover. Nadal vs Nalbandian. Over 19.5 games. 1.94 @ Pinnacle (4/10) There was a time when Nalbandian had very good record against Rafa. He actually won the first two meetings and should have made it 3-0 in IW in 2009. He held 5 matchpoints against Nadal but incredibly failed to close it out. He has not beaten Rafa since then. They have played couple times since that Indian Wells shocker and Nalbi has managed to take only one set on a tie-breaker. In this match I expect at least on close set before Nalbandian falls apart again. Neither guy is an ace machine and if there is someone who can live with Rafa on the baseline then it's Nalbandian. They will cancel each other out. Should a close one. Well, at least the first set..

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Have been following Ana throughout this tournament and think she is getting stronger. Bartoli was a different story to Maria (and suspicious health concerns). Kirilenko couldn't keep up the assualt where as I think Ana will but just in case she doesn't I have gone.: Ivanovic to win first set @ 2.20 bet365

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Nadal -1.5 games vs Federer. 1.85 @ Pinnacle (6/10) Federer has not completely recovered from his illness which is another reason he might struggle today. He has beaten Rafa only once on outdoor hard courts, that was back in 2005 in Miami. Nadal is 7-1 against Roger on particular surface. He played really awful match yesterday against Nalbandian and admitted that it was his worst match of the tournament. Couldn't disagree with it and naturally expect vast improvement from the Spaniard. Federer might win a set here but as far as match goes, I still pick Rafa. Fitness won't be an issue for him as Nadal can easily go for 4 hours. The fact that Federer had a walkover against Del Potro (Juan Martin collapsed in the very first game after a bad call) yesterday won't help. I am playing Rafa today. Reckon he can cover handicap even in a three set match. He normally doesn't get hammered and there might be one successful tie-break for Fed or a 6-4 set.

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Federer vs Isner OVER 21.5 games @ 1.80 (Bet365:2pts) Odds beginning to drift on this line not surprisingly. Isner played some superb clutch tennis to take down Djokovic, serving well at key moments and huge forehands. He will need to do the same today vs Fed and tbf he did when they met in Davis Cup on clay and Isner prevailed after playing a great match. I expect Federer to win this one however but a guy with Isner's weapons can always hang around and make life tough, Fed can have sloppy return games where he shows no patience and makes poor errors.One of the biggest matches of big John's career, hopefully he plays a competitive one.

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Typical. The one time I actually bet on Nadal nearly everything conspires against him - and for Federer. Damp conditions with low bounce, and extremely windy which help Federer's flat strokes. And then the coup de grace rain-delay while Federer was undergoing his choke routine and unable to land a first serve in all game. Comes back refreshed and hits an ace. If you think back to that Wimbledon final in 08 the only reason it was competitive was because of the rain delays, Federer always did his best work as soon as play restarted and before Rafa could get his claws into him. Of course as soon as the rain dried up there was only one winner. Nadal was shocking at has to be said. Couldn't sustain any length on his ground strokes and deserved what he got.

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Hi guys, 1 more pick for ATP INDIAN WELLS: ISNER-FEDERER OVER 21.5GAMES @ 1.66 on bet365 /betfair Federer lost to Isner on clay in Davis Cup in Switzerland just 3 weeks ago, Isner looked great this week even before his win yesterday over Djokovic and I am not sure why the bookmakers consider Federer such a favorite today. I think bookmakers still underestimate Isner and he can make it a long close match.

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Some really good shouts in here guys, especially Psycho and IAG. Actually had Sharapova each way in Indian Wells so pleased she made the final in what has been my only action as I've had essays and stuff this week. Really dislike Azarenka, but have to say the way she owns Sharapova is frightening in all honesty. On a side note, really pleased to see big John make a masters final. Think he's extremely underrated with many saying he is all serve and nothing else but you can't beat Federer in 4 on clay or Djokovic with nothing but a good serve.

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Re: 12th March - 18th March Azarenka is this years Djokovic, she is killing the tour right now. Defending and attacking so well. Although Novak was fighting Nadal and Federer, whereas Vika's competition is not so fierce....there's a space now to win cheap slams. Pity Serena and Clijsters arent fit and at their best to really test her nerve. I know she beat Clijsters in Oz but I Kim wasnt fully fit and tbf that one could have went the other way early in the third set. Feel that was a massive win for her, gave her huge confidence. What was she vs Maria in the AO final? 1.8 or 1.9, now 1.3ish and it's justified.......:lol Fair play to her, the shrieking is annoying as fcuk though.

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