The Safety Net: Berdych can better Monaco in Cincinnati

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Andy Roddick may have suffered a shock exit yesterday and Andy Murray and Roger Federer could be on the end of shock upsets over the coming days, but Tomas Berdych should have no troubles later today.

Murray has been handed a tough opening round match with David Nalbandian while the tie of the second round is easily Federer’s clash with Juan Martin del Potro, but Berdych has been handed a much easier draw.

Juan Monaco may be the world number 39 but he has never beaten Berdych, the world number nine, in any of their five head-to-head matches.

Two of the five clashes took place on a hard court, including a match-up in the 2008 Australian Open which Berdych won in four sets.

The other match-up came in a 2009 Davis Cup tie and the two have never met on a hard court in an ATP Tour event, but Berdych has beaten Monaco twice on the ATP Tour this year, both wins coming on clay.

Last week in Montreal Monaco suffered a first round exit to Ivo Karlovic who then went on to lose in straight sets to Berdych in the second round.

Based on the Karlovic form, coupled with two wins over his opponent this year, we think Berdych can boster the Safety Net bank at 1/4.

Having watched Eastern Breeze do just that at Windsor last night, the Safety Net bank currently stands at £379 and we’ll be staking £80 of that to reach our £20 target today.

Current Status
Bank: £379
Today’s stake: £80
Best case scenario: £399
Worst case scenario: £299

Last Safety Net bet: Eastern Breeze won the 19:40 at Windsor @ 2/7

Wealth warning: although we are confident the safety net bet’s strategy will be profitable over a period of time, the nature of sport means we cannot guarantee you will win every single time.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.