Janko Tipsarevic, who has managed to defeat Dudi Sela in a very effortless manner in the second round, will now face the world’s number twenty-nine, Kevin Anderson, in the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami.

Match: Janko Tipsarevic vs Kevin Anderson

Janko Tipsarevic

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Selection: Janko Tipsarevic

Best Odds: 2.41 @ Pinnacle

There is no doubt that the South African deserves to be the favourite in the clash, as he is coming into it with some very good results under his belt, but, at the same time, nobody would be surprised by seeing the Serb coming though to the next round.

And, at the odds that are currently being offered by the bookmakers, it might indeed be a good idea to back the world’s number nine to continue his comeback with yet another decent victory. Kevin Anderson will be a stern test for the Serb, as he will offer much more than Sela in virtually every single department, but the truth is that the South African doesn’t have a great record when it comes to playing against these top guys that are able to stay in rallies and produce winners from all parts of the court.

The difficulties he always faces when playing against the very best were evident in his last week’s match against Tomas Berdych, who really is not that much above Tipsarevic in terms of overall quality. The South African simply couldn’t find a way through despite having plenty of chances and then broke down completely at the business ends of the two sets.

He might be able to deal with such problems this time around, but chances are that Tipsarevic is going to find even more strength on Sunday and we all know what he is capable of when on song. Therefore, backing the Serb seems to be the right idea here.