Andy Murray is favourite to make it back to back tour wins as he aims for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
And Murray is favourite for a good reason with Roger Ferderer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all in the same quarter of the draw for the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season.
The trio has won 12 of the past 13 Indian Wells titles. But this year, only one has the chance to make it to the semi-finals.
Whomever reaches the quarter-finals from that section could meet three-time defending champion Djokovic, who’s riding a 17-match win streak in the desert.
We spoke to Ladbrokes’ Richard Marsh about the tournament and they favour a Murray win.
“Andy Murray will have been mightily relieved to win in Dubai last time out, and has been handed a favourable draw at Indian Wells to make it two titles on the spin,” he told TheGamblingTimes.com.
“Odds of 9/4 may seem short, but when you note that all of Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Del Potro are in the same quarter – and can only meet Murray in the final – it actually looks great value.
“Should the Scot be beaten though, Djokovic is a shrewd 3/1 punt, and though 9/1 shot Nadal lost in the final in Mexico last week, he was very impressive for the main part.”