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Nadal faces 19-year-old who has previously upset the Spaniard

| 07.10.2010

The Japan Open enters its second round in the early hours of Wednesday morning and the top two seeds of the competition are in action.

Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilifred Tsonga’s first round exits leaves Nadal a strong 8/15 favourite to win the competition.

Nadal faces unknown Canadian Milos Raonic in his second-round match and is 1/50 to win the match and 1/10 to win in straight sets.

The 19-year-old from Toronto has never played Nadal in a competitive singles match before, but did upset the Spaniard in the Rogers Cup doubles tournament.

Paired with fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil, the two caused the biggest upset of the tournament when defeating Nadal and Novak Djokovic 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.

It was the first time the world number one and two had played together in a tour doubles match since 1976 and the two haven’t played with each other since.

Raonic is unlikely to upset the world number one this time around and the market prices him at 10/1 to win.

Andy Roddick faces Jeremy Chardy for only the second time and Roddick will be hoping for a repeat of his victory over the Frenchman at Wimbledon in 2009.

Both players came through their first-round match with relative ease but this is Roddick’s first appearance on the ATP tour since his defeat in the US Open and Chardy will be hoping Roddick isn’t at full fitness.

Roddick is 2/9 to win whilst Chardy is 3/1 to defeat the American and it may be worth a gamble on Chardy if Roddick is yet to find his match fitness.

The Wimbledon match was won 3-1 by Roddick and whilst ATP tour events are best of three sets, Chardy will be hopeful of winning a set and he is 9/4 to win the first set.

Roddick is 8/13 to win the tie 2-0. See the full Japan Open betting odds market here.

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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.