Top-Ranked Djokovic Favored in Miami

He’s the best male tennis player in the world today. He’s so good that he’s favored over the rest of the field at this week’s ATP stop: the Miami Open. Novak Djokovic has opened at 4/5 on the tennis futures market at Bovada. A simple YES/NO prop is also available for whether Djokovic will win, with “yes” priced at –125 and “no” at +105. Djokovic is coming off a strong victory at Indian Wells, where he beat World’s No. 2 Roger Federer in the final. That runs Djokovic’s 2015 singles record to 19-2, and avenges an earlier loss to Federer in the finals at Dubai. Federer is not participating in Miami this week. Andy Murray, who lost to Djokovic in the semifinals at Indian Wells, is 9/2 to win the Miami Open for the third time (2009, 2013). In the women’s draw, No. 1 Serena Williams went into South Beach as the 3/2 favorite despite having to withdraw from Indian Wells with inflammation in her right knee. Williams was due to face Simona Halep in the semifinals, and Halep went on to beat Jelena Jankovic for the title, and is the second favorite in Miami at 4/1.