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Underdogs cause major upsets at the Miami Masters

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The Miami Masters bring together some of the best tennis players in the work in both the women and men circuits. With the finest athletes at the starting line, the winning opportunities are just as numerous for punters who can pick up winners and anticipate major upsets. Ladbrokes covers the event in great detail and offers excellent odds on all the games, going beyond the outright winner.

In the ATP tournament, Djokovic was once again credited with the first chance to win and so far he is well on track with convincing victories. He is yet to drop as set and now that he is biggest rivals have been eliminated, his chances to emerge victorious are even better. Federer was the first to leave the tournament but he did so on his own volition, as he chose to retire due to fitness concerns.

The player who benefited from his retirement took full advantage of the situation and the lucky loser caused an upset by eliminating Del Potro. His victory was short-lived as he bowed out from the competition the very next round, one that also saw the elimination of Nadal. The Spaniard was plagued by back problems and after winning the first that he dropped the second and chose to retire in the third.

One day later Andy Murray was also eliminated by Dimitrov, with the Bulgarian player overcoming the loss of the first set. He came out firing on all cylinders and maintained the same level of play for more than two hours, until his British counterpart threw in the towel. With the semifinals looming, Djokovic towers high above the pack of remaining players and is very likely to win another major tournament.

The women of tennis were preparing for a final against Serena Williams, the top favorite in Miami but this was not to be. The world number one was eliminated in three sets by Kuznetsova, a Russian tennis player that she had defeated seven times in the past. Nothing went her way and despite her best efforts, she had to concede, which is that she failed to win any of the last five tournaments. This should present the great opportunity for other players to close in and challenge the uncontested leadership of Williams.

Radwanska was expected to advance to the quarterfinals against Baczinsky, but the Swiss player never faltered and fire her way back to an emphatic victory. The polished player managed to win the first set, but that was simply not enough, as the other two sets when the other way. By causing these great upset, Baczinsky made it to the next round where she will take on the former world number two Simona Halep.

Several top seeds are still in the race which is now wide open and anything can happen in the remaining eight games. Once the semifinals are decided, the odds will be far more competitive and picking winners will feel like tossing a coin.

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