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Tennis | Tuesday, March 21, 2023 10:02 AM

Tuesday Tennis Best Bet: ATP Miami, Jordan Thompson vs Tomas Machac

Tuesday Tennis Best Bet: ATP Miami, Jordan Thompson vs Tomas Machac
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Jordan Thompson vs Tomas Machac Best Bet: Tuesday, March 21st

Another loss from a set up. Can’t believe a decent slow-court player struggled in a long, three-tiebreak match against someone who played a lot of tennis and deep into the tournament just last week.

Frustrating loss, but we move onto the second round of qualifying, as we look to rebound on these article writeups on Tuesday in Miami.

To do that, let’s take a deeper look at the match featuring Jordan Thompson and Tomas Machac.

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March 21st, 15:00 (UK Time)

Big chance for both Thompson and Machac to book their spots in the main draw of this month’s second Masters 1000 tournament.

The Aussie is coming off a surprise third-round run at Indian Wells, and is trying to back that up, while Machac hasn’t played since Dubai – where the 22-year-old pushed Novak Djokovic all the way to a third-set tiebreak.

I’m inclined to side with Machac here, who is more reliable on slower surfaces and has the weapons to play the bigger tennis from the baseline.

Thompson has long struggled on slower surfaces backing up his big first serves with consistent play from the baseline.

Even his third-round run in California wasn’t without its pitfalls. He beat Gael Monfils, who hadn’t played in a long while due to injury, and then beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a third-set tiebreak, despite the Greek not being able to hit his normal backhand and having made it clear prior to the event that he wasn’t playing at 100% and wasn’t anticipating any sort of deep run.

Other than that, Thompson has really lacked any kind of success on slower courts.

With Machac possessing more dimensions to his game, and having at least looked somewhat competent in slower conditions in the past, I’m happy to side with him to head into the main draw.

Jordan Thompson vs Tomas Machac Best Bet

With Thompson’s lack of pedigree on slower courts, I’m happy to oppose him as a favourite in Miami.

The challenge is to ensure one has a competent player to do so with. I feel like Machac – while volatile – is strong on hard courts and has the weapons to really trouble the Aussie.

As 2.05 odds, I’m happy to have a punt on the young Czech to pick up the victory on Tuesday.

  • Selection: Machac to win
  • Best Odds: 2.05 (Pinnacle)
  • Stakes: 2/10

Odds as at 2:30 am UK Time on March 20th, 2023. Odds may now differ.

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