ATP & WTA Miami Day 8: Top Plays for Tuesday

João Mourato

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:36 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016 5:36 PM GMT

Join us and find out our two top betting selecions for the ATP & WTA Miami Day 8. We'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab these two valuable tennis picks.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Dominic Thiem (14)
After winning the Indian Wells title, Novak Djokovic keeps his impressive run with two solid victories over Kyle Edmund and João Sousa. We picked the Serbian as our main favorite for the title and after several losses and retirements from other top contenders, his chances are now even higher. Novak is a five-time Miami Open champion and is currently on a 14 game winning streak after claiming the trophy in the last two editions of this competition.

It has been an outstanding start of season for Dominic Thiem, with the Austrian winning two titles already and performing at a remarkable level. The slower courts in Miami suit Dominic’s game style and he’s looking for another good run after reaching the quarterfinals last year. Dominic started his campaign in Miami with two good triumphs against Sam Groth and Yoshihito Nishioka, not losing a single service game so far. One of Thiem’s main weapon this year is his kick serve, especially from the advantage side, with the Austrian opening the court very well and closing the point with a crossed forehand.

This will be the second career meeting between these two players, with Djokovic winning the previous in 2014 Shanghai by 6 – 3 6 – 4.

Thiem loves to play on the big stages and to face the best players in the world, with two victories this year against top 10 players – Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires and David Ferrer in Rio de Janeiro. With nothing to lose on this match, Dominic has the game to create problems to the world no.1. Looking at the tennis odds, is possible to find value on Thiem and for that reason, we suggest taking advantage of it by placing a bet on the Austrian spread for this match.

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Free Tennis Pick: Dominic Thiem +5 (-116)
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Svetlana Kuznetsova (15) vs Ekaterina Makarova (30)
We picked Elina Svitolina in her 4th round match against Ekaterina Makarova; however, the Russian performed at an outstanding level, dismissing the Ukrainian by 6 – 1 6 – 4. Makarova ended the match with remarkable numbers, firing 27 winners / 21 unforced errors against one of the best defenders on tour. This is Ekaterina’s first career appearance on Miami Open quarterfinals, after losing in all her previous four presences on the 4th round.

Svetlana Kuznetsova featured the surprise of the day by defeating the defending champion and world no.1, Serena Williams. After losing the first set on a tie break, Kuznetsova raised the level of her game, with 18 winners and only 3 unforced errors in the 2nd and 3rd set. On the other hand, Serena couldn’t perform at a consistent level, ending the match with 9 double faults and 50 unforced errors. Svetlana is looking to reach the semifinals of this event for the fourth time on her career, with her best result achieved in 2006 when she won the title.

These two players know each other well, not only are they Fed Cup colleagues but this is also the 7th career meeting between them. Kuznetsova leads on h2h by 5 – 1 with one of those matches taking place in Miami in 2013, where Svetlana emerged victorious by 6 – 4 6 – 4.

It will be very hard for Kuznetsova to keep the same level after such a huge win. It’s very common in tennis to see a player failing in the next round after a major upset and adding to this, Kuznetsova will have to play in consecutive days. Makarova played at a tremendous level against a very solid player and she should be well prepared for this match. Despite the negative h2h, this is a good opportunity for Makarova to take the win and we advise you to add her to your tennis picks.

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Free Tennis Pick: Ekaterina Makarova ML (+112)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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