Valencia Open: Murray tipped for successive 2-1 wins over Ferrer

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Andy Murray’s late surge to make the ATP Tour finals in London sees him pitted against the man he just defeated to claim the Vienna title, for the third straight week this time in Valencia.

Playing in his native Spain David Ferrer stands in the way of Murray at the quarter-final stage as the current world number nine takes on number eight for more precious Tour points.

We’ve weighed up the form and previous meetings between these familiar rivals to offer up three best bets for the last-eight encounter.

Exactly three sets @ 6/4

The fact that these two have played 14 times before with just an 8-6 split in the Scot’s favour shows what a close-fought rivalry this has developed into since their initial clash in 2006.

Incredibly two of those particular meetings arrived within the previous two weeks and on both occasions the matches have gone the distance, with wither man winning once each.

Although we fancy Muzza to progress, this rates as a great covering bet.

Murray: To lose the first set and win the match @ 9/2

The Spaniard claimed the first set of the final in Vienna only to go onto lose the next two as Murray fought back to clinch the title.

Putting the first set on the board but still losing has now been the pattern in all of their last four meetings, while Murray has triumphed in three of those.

Murray to win @ 4/7

Murray is in sizzling late-season form having posted 16 wins from his previous 18 matches and this momentum should carry him over the line against Ferrer for the second time in two weeks .

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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