The 2013 Sony Open got off to a good start from a betting perspective when my best ATP bet of the day was a winner on Wednesday.
After a slow opening, Victor Hanescu overcame Andrey Kuznetsov, who was forced to retire in the third set when trailing 4-1, but with more than a set completed that one was a winner at a handy price of 1.96.
Today's schedule in Miami sees a couple of familiar names return to the main draw of a Masters 1000 for the first time in a long while, when Marc Gicquel and Robby Ginepri make appearances this afternoon.
Gicquel is here for the first time since 2010, while Ginepri is in the main draw in Miami for the first time since 2007.
The Frenchman will have his work cut out against Bernard Tomic, while Ginepri may also find Yen-Hsun Lu a tough opponent.
There are plenty of matches today that really do look coin toss material, but one where I fancy the underdog takes place first up on Court 3 at 3pm UK time when Guillaume Rufin takes on big-serving Romanian Marius Copil in a battle of the qualifiers.
Rufin has been put in at around 2.28 for this and that looks like value to me on a slow court where Copil's big game won't be as effective as it is on indoor hard.
The Frenchman can certainly play on hard, as he showed when taking a two set lead over a then in-form Janko Tipsarevic in New York last year. Although he's had problems with his lower back lately, he's come through qualifying here OK and should give a good account in these conditions.
Copil is 2-6 lifetime on outdoor hard against top-100 ranked opponents and although this pair haven't met since the French Open juniors back in 2008, the value lies with Rufin in this one.
I also quietly like the chances of Pablo Andujar to give Victor Troicki a run for his money in their clash today. The Spaniard should enjoy these conditions and he's done well here before, while Troicki is on a really poor run at the moment.
Neither player will have a great deal of confidence, but Andujar did perform OK at Indian Wells where he tested Tommy Haas and he's worth backing to take a set today at 1.63.
Back Rufin to beat Copil at 2.28
Back Andujar +1.5 sets to beat Troicki at 1.63
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