Andy Murray takes on Gilles Simon in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Thursday and the Scot will be looking to improve his form on the clay ahead of the French Open, which is now just a few weeks away.
Murray is yet to win an ATP tournament on this surface and he is going to find it tough, but with a Novak Djokovic knocked-out of the competition, his route to the final just got a little but easier.
There is no doubt that this is the surface that the world number three struggles on the most and even against those that aren’t usually any match from him on grass or the hart courts, he isn’t guaranteed to progress.
It is all about momentum and confidence on the clay for the British number one right now and the bookies think that he will progress in this encounter as Ladbrokes have him at 1/6 to reach the fourth round.
Murray needed two tie breaks in the previous round, so he isn’t playing his best on clay at the moment and needs to raise his game as Simon is a man capable of coming out on top here.
The Frenchman is being offered at 19/4 with Betfair to win on Thursday afternoon and those looking at the betting in this clash might see that as good value from the bookmaker.
Against Murray though, Simon has only managed one victory in eleven matches and that came back in 2007.
The 28-year-old often gives his opponent a good match on clay, but struggles to win the all important final set.
He has looked strong in Madrid so far in this tournament and if Simon can get a good start and win the first set, he has every chance of causing a bit of an upset here.
Bets on the correct score are going to be as popular as ever here and you might be able to squeeze out a bit more value on a Murray win if you can call it right.
At the moment, Coral have the man from Scotland at 1/2 to make light work of his opponent with a 2-0 victory.
Then, you can get odds of 17/2 with SkyBet that Simon will take this clash in straight sets.
If we had to recommend a bet for this match though, we would head into the first set score and back Simon to be the first on the scoreboard. Murray is likely to fight back and win the match, but the world number 17 winning the first set 7/6 is cracking value at 14/1.
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