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Michael Taylor 9th Nov 2008 - 19:23

Tired Murray aims to put A-Rod up Andy

Andy Murray is facing the fastest serve in the world tomorrow but it could be his own lack of pace that proves costly.

Scottish world number four, Murray, has been in sensational form over the past months but he fears his fitness may let him down in the season ending, ATP Shanghai Masters Cup.

"I've played a lot of matches, I'm a little bit tired" says Murray, an 11/4 shot to win the tournament outright. "I feel confident, but I'm not expecting to play my best tennis this week."

Murray starts his first Masters Cup campaign against Andy Roddick in a vital match that could decide who will take a place in the semi-finals.

"Most matches with him (Roddick) are going to be tight as he serves so well, it's so difficult to break him" added Murray.

Britain's big tennis hope may be expecting a close fight with A-Rod but given Murray's sensational recent form anything but a comfortable win would be a surprise.  Murray to win is available at 4/11.

Murray is one of the best serve returners in tennis which should neutralise Roddick's biggest weapon and given this, Murray to win with a -2.5 game handicap at 5/6 looks great value.

In the other match of the day, four-time Masters Cup winner, Roger Federer faces off against Frenchman Gilles Simon in what should be an easy win for the Swiss superstar.

Federer is the favourite to retain his Masters Cup crown and Simon, although in good form, offers little threat.

However, Simon is a battler and looks well priced at 5/6 to win with a +4.5 game handicap.



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