There is a little bit of Men’s Tennis betting happening at the moment, as we await the start of the new season, which gets underway on January 1st, 2012. We have the Mubadala World Tennis Championship going at the moment, which is an exhibition tournament, and not affiliated with the ATP at all. So it is nothing more than a warm up ahead of the busy January schedule, which of course includes the 2012 Australian Open, the first tennis major of the year, starting midway through the month. There was the odd number of six participants entering this, with third seed Roger Federer and second seed Rafael Nadal both receiving byes through to the semi finals. World Number One Novak Djokovic saw off Gael Monfils very easily in his quarter final match, while fourth seed David Ferrer had a massive tussle with Jo Wilfried Tsonga before moving through.
So we have the tasty prospect of Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer betting to have a look at in the first semi final. With the form that Roger Federer showed towards the end of the year, after a fruitless run in the Grand Slams of 2011, he will be keen to have another crack at Djokovic. Federer believes that he still has titles in him, and his victory over Djokovic in the French Open was one of the great matches of the season. There’s really little form to go on here, because you are not going to see top draw, 100% effort tennis in this exhibition tournament, as players start to slowly prepare themselves for peaking at the time of the Australian Open.
In the other semi final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship betting, we have the all Spanish clash of David Ferrer v Rafael Nadal. Nadal lost his number one status to Novak Djokovic, who had that incredible 2011 winning three Grand Slams, so the Spaniard needs to find a way to raise his game again. He struggled with injury and fitness for quite a bit of 2011 and we haven’t seen the best of him for quite some time. His opponent Ferrer is a real work horse, not as classy and powerful as Nadal at his very best, but is always capable of an upset and giving the best players in the world the run around.
Still, everyone is expecting, and probably hoping to see a Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal final in Mubadala World Tennis Championship betting, but Roger Federer will have a big say in all this. He is on a quest to prove to himself and everyone else that he is still a Grand Slam contender and nothing will boost his confidence here more than taking out both Djokovic and Nadal ahead of the new season. Unsure of fitness levels and everything here, but would take a good look at Federer because he was looking fresh while Nadal and Djokovic were running out of steam in December.
Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic Betting Odds
Federer 10/11, Djokovic Evens at Bet365
Rafael Nadal v David Ferrer Betting Odds
Nadal 2/5, Ferrer 23/10 at SkyBet
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