Murray aiming to avoid a third successive opening match exit

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It’s just not clicked for Andy Murray since losing the Australian Open final and for a man low in confidence and lacking form, backing him at 1/14 to win today seems absurd.

The unknown Alex Bogomolov Jr. is known to Murray who beat him as an 18-year-old in Binghamton back in 2005, but while a repeat of that 2-0 victory is priced at 2/9, punters are better off looking elsewhere for value in the Sony Ericsson betting.

One match that potentially provides heaps of it is scheduled to go off at 4.30pm and despite James Blake losing his way recently, his October victory over opponent Thomaz Bellucci suggests he is a big price at 5/4 to win.

The two met in this tournament last year in there only other meeting and while Bellucci was victorious that day, his hard court form hasn’t been brilliant and at 4/7 to win seems a little short.

Both of the ties went the distance and the fans in Miami can expect another thriller today.

Backing both players to win 2-1 with Bellucci at 3/1 and Blake at 11/4 would return a tidy profit but we’re siding with Blake to emerge victorious.

John Isner’s clash with Igor Andreev is also an intriguing match-up as Isner has lost seven of his 15 matches in 2011 and Andreev holds the advantage in head-to-head terms, yet Isner is favoured to progress at 8/15.

The only previous match-up between the two came in 2008 when Andreev won 2-1 and with the two evenly matched, Andreev looks overpriced at 11/8.

A repeat of the 2-1 victory for Andreev is priced at 10/3 and looks the pick of today’s tennis betting.

Elsewhere in Miami Novak Djokovic is 1/25 to beat Denis Istomin and Juan Martin del Porto is 1/4 to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber.

A £20 stake on Igor Andreev beating John Isner 2-1 would return £86.67. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.

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