What a surprise on the courts in Miami... another final between world's number 1 and number 2 - Rafa Nadal against Novak Djokovic - match number 40 between the strongest players in the world at the moment. It's really unusual to have a value over 2.00 for the Spanish player - Rafael Nadal lost his last two games against Novak Djokovic - both were final games and he lost with the same score - 0:2 (6:4, 6:3), in Beijing and on the ATP World Tour finals. They have 6 meetings in 2013 and the balance there is 3:3 - but overall Nadal has 22 wins against 17 for Djokovic. We think that such a value on Rafa Nadal has to be used and we will bet on the victory for the Spanish star in their first game against each other in 2014, and surely won't be the last. The interesting fact is that both players won with a walkover in the 1/2 finals and they will be really fresh and full with energy for the final game.
Road to the final :
Rafael Nadal :
Lleyton Hewitt - 2:0 (6:1, 6:3)
Denis Istomin - 2:0 (6:1, 6:0)
Fabio Fognini - 2:0 (6:2, 6:2)
Milos Raonic - 2:1 (4:6, 6:2, 6:4)
Tomas Berdych - Walkover
Novak Djokovic :
Jeremy Chardy - 2:0 (6:4, 6:3)
Florian Mayer - Walkover
Tommy Robredo - 2:0 (6:3, 7:5)
Andy Murray - 2:0 (7:5, 6:3)
Kei Nishikori - Walkover
Rafael Nadal to win - 2.27 @ Betfair
Another "unseen" final at "Miami Masters" - in the WTA tournament - again number 1 against number 2 in the WTA rankings - Serena Williams against Na Li, game number 12 between them and until now the balance is completely on the side of Serena Williams - 10 wins for the American racket against only 1 for the Chinese. This will be their first game in 2014 and we will pick the option for "Over 20.5 Games" in this game - the only victory for Li was after a walkover - on the courts in Rome, 2012. All from the other games are for Serena Williams and in 9 from the 10 wins for Williams we have "Over 20.5 Games". Williams is the clear favourite to defend her title in Miami (she won the tournament in 2013, also in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, while Li reached her first final in Miami).Road to the final : Serena Williams : Yaroslava Shvedova - 2:0 (7:6, 6:2) Caroline Garcia - 2:1 (6:4, 4:6, 6:4) Coco Vandeweghe - 2:0 (6:3, 6:1) Angelique Kerber - 2:0 (6:2, 6:2) Maria Sharapova - 2:0 (6:4, 6:3) Na Li : Alisa Kleybanova - Walkover Madison Keys - 2:0 (7:6, 6:3) Carla Suarez-Navarro - 2:0 (6:0, 6:2) Caroline Wozniacki - 2:0 (7:5, 7:5) Dominika Cibulkova - 2:1 (7:5, 2:6, 6:3)
Kei Nishikori will face against number 2 in the ATP rankings - Novak Djokovic from Serbia on the first semi-final game in Miami. Nishikori is on 21st position (before the start of the tournament) and after this performance he surely will return in top 20 - his best position so far was 11th position. Until now Nishikori and Djokovic have only 2 games against each other and the balance is 1:1 - their first game was on French Open in 2010, where Djokovic won with 3:0 sets (6:4, 6:4, 6:1) while their last game was won by the Japanese player - 2:1 in Basel (2011) - 2:6, 7:6, 6:0 - on the 1/2 finals again, where Djokovic was pure favourite but Nishikori surprised him and later he lost on the final from Roger Federer with 0:2.
We will pick "Over 19.5 Games" here - with a medium stake - we all know the class of Djokovic but Kei Nishikori shows great tennis in Miami - he won over Marinko Matosevic (2:0), Grigor Dimitrov (2:0), David Ferrer (2:1), and Roger Federer on the 1/4 finals - 2:1. Djokovic reached the semi-finals after victories over Jeremy Chardy, Florian Mayer, Tommy Robredo and Andy Murray - all from them with 2:0 sets.