Monday, March 30, 2015

The champion Djokovic lost a set at the start in Miami

Novak Djokovic began his 10th anniversary participation of "Masters 1000" tournament in Miami with a win. The world No1 lose a set but still has ensured his place in the next phase after the success with 6:0, 5:7, 6:1 over Martin Klizan.

Djokovic, who is 4-times champion of the tournament in Miami, is very close to duplicate the titles in Indian Wells and Miami for the second consecutive year and the third overall time, if he can triumph in South Florida.

Last Sunday Serb entered the "Club 50" after he in Indian Wells won his 50th title, which was the 21st for him of "Masters 1000" series.

Djokovic began hammering in Miami and took the first set with 6:0 after only 22 minutes.

Klizan however was not embarrassed and has managed to return to the game. The Slovakian made a breakthrough to Novak at 5:3 for the Serbian in the second part when Novak served for the match, and then managed to escape also the sets, entering into a series of four consecutive games to his account.

In the decisive third part Djokovic showed class and gave no chance to his opponent, congratulating with a success.

"Congratulations to Martin, who fight to the end and forced me to do another one and another blow. In the second set, the battle was radically different from what obtained in the first set. I`ve been in similar situations many times in my career and I have a lot of experience, which helped me in this case. Of course I was disappointed (to lose the second set), there is no dispute that, but every athlete has his moments of ups and downs during the match. The most important thing in such situations is not to stop believing in your abilities. Congratulations to the audience, which was great. Here the audience is very international. There are many Latin -Americans, and they are very emotional. For me, every moment on this court is special, "said Djokovic.

In the third round the leader in the scheme will meet the qualifier Steve Darcis, who managed to cope with Gilles Muller in 3 sets.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nadal: I have to be 100% in order to survive against Raonic

The three-time champion Rafael Nadal reached ease to the quarterfinals of the tournament in Indian Wells, having he dealt with 6: 2, 6: 4 against Gilles Simon. Nadal served for the match at 5: 2 in the second set but allowed Simon to return the breakthrough and increased by less stay on the court of the world No3. However, that was not a problem for Rafa, who after just 78 minutes game, raised the hands in victory.

"Today, in my opinion, I played a solid match against a tough opponent like Simon. It is not easy to play against him from a tactical point of view. I think today I purely tactical made a positive match. Overall, I am satisfied. Throughout the game there were only two service games, in which I played poorly, "said Nadal.

Nadal reached the quarterfinals without a lost set, and now leads with 7: 1, he defeat in the direct duels with Simon. Since the beginning of the 2009 season, the world No3 has won 37 of 41 matches against players from France.

For the 28 years old Nadal it is the 9-th time from 11 appearances in which he reached the quarterfinals in Indian Wells. His next opponent will be Milos Raonic, who had no problems in the match against Tommy Robredo and won with 6:3, 6:2 for about an hour.

"He (Raonic) is a rival with whom you will not want like to play because all the time you`ll be under a tension. What happened twice with my serve today should not be happened against Raonic if I want to have a chance against him. So I expect a tough match. I know that I must be 100% in order to have a chance in the game. "

Interestingly is the fact, that in the last three years Raonich improved by one round his performance in Indian Wells. The Canadian eliminated in the third round in 2012 (lost to Federer) in 2013 reached the fourth round (lost from Tsonga) and last year game a quarter final, where he gave way to Dolgopolov.

"I feel better with every match. I serve well my retours fall deep into the court, which allows me to take a good position. With each passing minute on the court I feel better and better. This is a good signal, "said Raonic.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Valencia - Deportivo La Coruna (Primera Division)

On Friday evening at the stadium "Mestalla", Valencia welcomes Deportivo La Coruna in a meeting of the 27th round of the Spanish Primera Division. The hosts occupy fourth place in the standings with a total of 54 points and Deportivo La Coruna are 16th with 25 points collected.

Valencia made a surprising defeat in the championship from Deportivo with 3-0 as guests and now will surely want revenge at home. "Bats" are in great shape and registered six consecutive successes at home and now are unbeaten in six matches in all competitions.

The hosts are the big favorites in this match, as the coefficient of their victory is within 1.40 to 1.50, while the success of Deportivo La Coruna is accepted on odds of 8.00.

Valencia has one goal - ranking in the top four and place in the Champions League, which will obviously happen. The team occupies the fourth position and is with an advance of 5 points ahead of Sevilla and 6 points ahead of Villarreal. In the last round of the league, "bats" had a tough game against a direct rival for the third place - Atletico Madrid. They don`t determine a winner and both teams shared a point. The important thing is that the distance between Valencia and Atletico Madrid is only one-point and Nuno Santo has even a chance for the third place. For the upcoming match against Deportivo La Coruna, Nuno Santo has no major problems and the only missing players in the composition are defender Shkodran Mustafi and midfielder Javi Fuego.

Deportivo La Coruna managed to win only one point for the last 4 meetings in Primera Division. The team is dangerously close to the relegation zone and only one point lead kept them out of it. The visitors have not won in four consecutive rounds, and for their last 9 games away from home fail to achieve victory. The coach Victor Fernandez has a little more trouble than his counterpart. For the heavy visit, specialist will not be able to rely on two of his main strikers in the face of the Portuguese Helder Postiga and Spaniard Toche and midfielder Diogo Salomao.

Recommended bet: For Valencia @ 1.45 at bet365

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bradford - Reading (FA Cup)

The sensation in the FA Cup Bradford takes Reading in Quarterfinal game. The odds for the game offered by the leading bookmaker bet365 are as follows: 2.63 for a home win, with a draw at 3.30 and 2.90 for the victory of the guests.

Bradford will try to take off another rival from a higher division. This will be the first quarter final of the team from 1976 and the manager Phil Parkinson said that reaching the semi-finals would be the best achievement in the club`s history.

Bradford reached this stage of the tournament after victories over Sunderland with 2:0, over Chelsea with 4:2, Millwall with 4:0 and Halifax and Dartford in the early rounds.

Reading reached to the semi-finals of the FA Cup only once in the history and that was in 1927. They have no victory over Bradford in a match for any of the cups in England. On their way to the quarterfinal, the boys of Steve Clarke defeated some rivals of the Championship - Derby, Cardiff and Huddersfield. This will be their sixth consecutive game as a guest in the tournament.

Perhaps for many people is surprising the fact that the representative of League 1 Bradford is a favorite for victory, but this is due to a momentary nightmare form of Redding right now.

The hosts had played during the week, but seven of the holders received rest against Crowley and also Gary Liddle is online after serving punishment. Tickets for the game have been sold from long time ago and surely viewers will provide great support of their favorites at "Valley Parade".

Recommended bets: For Bradford @ 2.63
For Over 2.5 goals @ 2.20