Betting Websites favour Roger Federer to win 2017 Miami Open
Not that betting websites have much of a choice than to favour the Swiss, especially when considering that both current, three-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2009 and 2013 winner, 2015 runner-up, and World No. 1 Andy Murray withdrew from the 2017 ATP Miami Open – aka Miami Masters – with elbow injuries. What a coinkydink!
Federer is another back-to-back champion, having won the 2005 and 2006 editions. The Swiss Superman is fresh off winning the 2017 BNP Paribas Open. Fed made it to the semis when Nick Kyrgios pulled out as a result of food poisoning, and advanced to the final after defeating Jack Sock in straight sets. In the final, Federer defeated compatriot Stan Wawrinka in two sets, thus winning a record-tying fifth title in the Paribas Open as well as the 90th title of his decorated career – and also the seventh time that the Swiss Federer has won a Masters 1000 title without losing a set – and becoming the oldest Masters 1000 finalist and winner in history. Federer rose in the rankings from No. 10 to No .6.
The Spaniard has been finalist four non-consecutive times but has never won the Miami Open. True to form, Nadal reached his first Grand Slam final in three years at the 2017 Australian Open where he lost to the aforementioned Federer. This marked the first time that Nadal lost to the Swiss in a Grand Slam since the final of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. The Spanish tennis player would go on to lose to betting websites favourite Federer again this year, in the round of 16 of the Paribas Open. Additionally, Nadal lost in the finals of the 2017 Abierto Mexicano to Sam Querrey.
As established above, the Stanimal made it to the finals of the Paribas Open where he lost to Federer – which was not so much a rematch from the Aussie Open semifinals as it was a rerun. In Melbourne, Waw lost to Fed 57 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6. Elsewhere, Wawrinka was upset by Damir Dzumhur in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The Canadian’s best finish so far this year has been a second place at the Delray Beach Open after a hamstring injury forced him to withdraw from the finals. In addition to that, Raonic reached the semis of the Brisbane International, and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Raonic is the only on this list who has not lost to Federer recently.
Sock has had a breakthrough year in 2017, winning in Delray Beach – by default, sure, but he still made it that far – for his second title of the year after defeating Joao Sousa in the finals of the ASB Classic. Furthermore, Sock upset No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 32 and No. 5 Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals of the Paribas Open before succumbing to Federer in the semifinals.
Our final sportsbooks’ favorite, the Australian defeated Djokovic in straight sets in the 4th round of the Paribas Open, but as we mentioned earlier had to pull out from the quarterfinals due to illness (which still counts as losing to Federer).