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Monday, 25 March 2013

Tennis Picks Miami 2013 (March 25th)

It is time for the second week here in Miami and the last few days have been very successful with the picks going 9-0 since a 3-5 start to the tournament.

Hopefully this week will follow the trend of the last one and hopefully the outright picks can at least find some successes. All five of the outright picks made last week are still in the running, but that was the same case at Indian Wells in the last tournament, yet none of them made it through to the Final.

Nicolas Almagro - 4.5 games v David Goffin: I know Nicolas Almagro was beaten early at Indian Wells in his last tournament, but he does have the game that translates onto the hard courts, with a decent serve and powerful groundies.

I think he can beat David Goffin today, despite the youngster picking up a couple of morale boosting wins so far this week. It has been a tough period for Goffin since pushing Roger Federer in the Fourth Round at the French Open last May, and he hasn't been in the best form to start 2013.

Beating Robin Haase and Philipp Kohlschreiber will give Goffin some confidence, but Almagro is a much tougher test for him, in my opinion, and I think the Spaniard will have too many shots in his locker.

They met here last season in a match that ended with a comfortable win for Almagro and I wouldn't be too surprised if another 6-4, 6-2 win is in his hand at the end of this one.

Klara Zakopalova + 6.5 games v Maria Sharapova: This looks a big spread here considering Klara Zakopalova has routinely given some of the top players all they can handle- she has decent wheels and has shot-making ability to hold on to serve, while also being attacking enough to worry the big players when they are serving themselves.

Sharapova has a 4-1 record against Zakopalova, winning 4 in a row since losing the first match and the Russian is in fabulous form at the moment. However, I think Zakopalova does like having a go at the second serve and should be able to make this at least a little competitive.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Czech player can find a couple of breaks of serve to ensure she wins at least 6 games in what could be a straight sets loss.

MY PICKS: Nicolas Almagro - 4.5 Games @ 1.92 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Klara Zakopalova + 6.5 Games @ 2.10 Paddy Power (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 12-5, + 13.56 Units (34 Units Staked, + 39.88% Yield)

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