The ATP Miami Open is underway in Florida through the weekend. This was a tournament expected to have some big names, but the absence of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal kills the mood a bit.
According to reports, Novak Djokovic isn’t playing because of his vaccination status. Then Nadal willingly dropped out to prepare for the French Open.
Nadal stated it was too dangerous to give it a go in the US after coming up with another injury recently. He is coming off a loss in the Final at the Indian Wells Masters against No. 20 Taylor Fritz.
From day to night, a lot happened #AroundTheGrounds yesterday!
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— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 24, 2022
The big upset was quickly put to the side, as Nadal turned his attention to France. The French Open is a Grand Slam that he has notoriously dominated, but the injury could still be lingering in May.
There are still some notable names worth mentioning in the 2022 Miami Open. Andy Murray and Daniil Medvedev are both on the Miami Open odds board. Medvedev can take his No. 1 world ranking back in Miami.
Murray is up against Federico Delbonis in the Round of 128 on Thursday evening. Murray is expected to bypass his opponent, but this isn’t the time to take Delbonis lightly.
When a better player teams an inferior foe lightly, this is how upsets happen early in a tournament. Murray was chased out of the Indiana Wells in the Round of 64 with a 6-7, 3-6 loss to Alexander Bublik.
— LTA (@the_LTA) March 24, 2022
Murray bowed out in the Round of 64 in a disappointing performance versus Taro Daniel in straight sets, 4-6, 4-6, 4-6, in the first Grand Slam of the year.
Fortunately for Murray, he draws a good matchup in Miami to open this tourney. Head below for our free Federico Delbonis vs. Andy Murray prediction on March 24, 2022.
Federico Delbonis vs. Andy Murray Miami Open Betting Odds and Player Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Federico Delbonis||+4.5 (-105)||+425||Over 20.5 (-105)|
|Andy Murray||-4.5 (-115)||-650||Under 20.5 (-115)|
|Player Data||Federico Delbonis||Andy Murray|
|Overall Record (2022)||4-7||9-7|
|Overall Sets Record (2022)||10-16||19-21|
|Hard Court Record (2022)||0-3||9-7|
|Hard Court Sets Record (2022)||1-7||19-21|
Federico Delbonis vs. Andy Murray Prediction:
Federico Delbonis needs something to go right on a hard court soon. He has not been in the best of form, as he’s winless in three matches on a hard court going into the Miami Open.
Delbonis has four wins on the clay, where he feels more comfortable, but he’ll have to wait for the French Open. He isn’t finding any clay against Murray in Miami.
He struggled to find his form against Nick Kyrgios in the Indian Wells. The Aussie made it look easy over Delbonis, as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Against less talented players in 116th ranked Thiago Monteiro, Delbonis left the court in Chile with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-6 loss on February 22. There isn’t too much hope for Delbonis if he brings the same effort to Miami.
Andy Murray has been in a steady decline since he was ranked No. 1 in 2016. It’s wild to think Murray was rated No. 1 in the world only six years back.
That said, Murray still has it in him to beat inferior opponents like Delbonis. Murray is 9-7 this year with a set record of 19-21. That’s much better than the 1-7 for Delbonis on a hard court.
I’m concerned with Murray beyond Delbonis, depending on his matchup, but he shouldn’t have many problems given how the native of Argentina is playing recently. I’m on Murray to win in straight sets, with a final of 6-3, 6-4 to cover in Miami.