Bet on Murray v Simon
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The second round of the ATP Vienna event will continue on Thursday with a number of matches, including Andy Murray vs Gilles Simon.
Andy Murray entered the second round after beating M. Klizan 6-3, 6-7, 6-0 in the first round. Andy Murray, who is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career, is gearing up for a run at the #1 ranking in the world right now, and a strong performance in the ATP Vienna event would bolster his chances.
Murray is currently 915 points behind Novak Djokovic in the rankings and would become the #1 player in the world with victories in the Erste Bank Open 500 and BNP Paribas Masters tournaments. The BNP Paribas Masters tournament, however, is a well-attended event with many millions in prize money, so this would be easier said than done.
Andy Murray is 65-9 in 2016, with a total of six titles in 10 finals appearances. Since losing to Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April, Murray has managed to compile a record of 52-5 and is currently the hottest tennis player in the world.
As you can imagine, the bookmakers don't think that Simon will provide too much of a challenge for Murray. Here are the current odds for the match:
Andy Murray, 1/12
Gilles Simon, 7/1
The Games Handicap line:
Andy Murray, -5.5, 10/11
Gilles Simon, +5.5, 4/5
The set betting lines:
Andy Murray 2-0, 1/4
Andy Murray 2-1, 4/1
Gilles Simon 2-0, 11/1
Gilles Simon 2-1, 14/1
Finally, the total sets lines:
Under 2.5 Sets, 1/5
Over 2.5 Sets, 10/3
Gilles Simon is currently the #25 ranked player in the world and was, at one time, as high as #6 in the world. Simon has over $10 million in total lifetime tournament money, so he is certainly not a pushover and Murray would do well to take him seriously.
Given the level of tennis that Murray is currently playing at, however, a win by Simon would certainly be surprising.