Janko Tipsarevic, the world’s number nine, is going to start his Miami campaign with a match against Dudi Sela, who is currently doing his best in order to climb back into the top 100, and it seems that he is set to record a fine victory today.

Match: Janko Tipsarevic vs. Dudi Sela

Janko Tipsarevic

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Selection: Janko Tipsarevic (-3.5 games)

Best Odds: 1.84 @ Pinnacle

Of course, it might seem that Janko Tipsarevic is struggling right now, especially if one takes a look at some of his recent results, which include losses against the likes of Dmitry Tursunov, Nikolay Davydenko, and Ernests Gulbis.

However, the Serb is a guy that sometimes has such struggles due to various off-court issues and the main thing to realize here is that he has bounced back from such struggles on many occasions, so there is every chance that he is indeed going to do that again today. He will certainly like the fact that he will be up against a relatively weak opponent in Dudi Sela, as he has already beaten him on two occasions – and that was back when Dudi Sela was much stronger.

The big problem for Sela in this match-up is that he is simply the much weaker player of the two when it comes to rallies. That weakness might not be a huge issue against guys like Marinko Matosevic or Ryan Sweeting, but it will be a big problem against someone like Janko Tipsarevic, especially since the Serb also has the better serve of the two and should be able to get quite a few cheap points as a result of that.

All in all, even though backing players that are out of form might not always be the best idea, one definitely has to fancy Tipsarevic to finally bounce back today. The handicap line is set quite low due to the fact that the Serb hasn’t won a match for quite some time, but he should be able to cover it quite comfortably if he is to win, so that’s the recommended bet for this clash.