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Andy Murray

The 2013 Wimbledon Men’s Championship was an extraordinary event, culminating in Andy Murray defeating Novak Djokovic in the final, to become the first British Men’s Champion of Wimbledon for 77 years. The 2014 Wimbledon betting event is sure to throw up even more surprises and hopefully match the excitement of the previous year.

2013 Wimbledon Tennis Betting Odds at Skybet 
Andy Murray 7/4, Novak Djokovic 9/4, Rafael Nadal 6/1, Juan Martin del Potro 6/1, Roger Federer 10/1, Tomas Berdych 33/1

Murray followed up three consecutive semi-finals from 2009 to 2011 and a final in 2012 with a victory to delight the British crowd. Wimbledon is now his most successful grand slam venue, and he has a win record of 84.09% there. He has now reached the final of 4 consecutive grand slam tournaments that he has taken part in. He goes as antepost joint favourite in 2014 Wimbledon betting with most bookies, alongside the man he beat at SW19 in 2013, Novak Djokovic.

The beaten finalist Djokovic has now been at least a semi-finalist at Wimbledon 4 years in a row, however his only victory there occurred in 2011. His win rate of 82.61% is lower than that of his Australian Open and US Open records, but is still one of the favourites to win any tournament. Murray and Djokovic have faced each other in 3 of the last 4 Grand Slam finals, and there is something of a rivalry emerging between the two stars. At online betting site Skybet, they are one of the few bookies around offering slightly longer odds on Djokovic to win Wimbledon 2014 at 9/4, to Murray’s 7/4.

Roger Federer was once the King of Wimbledon, with 5 wins in a row between 2003 and 2007. His win rate of 89.33% there is still better than any other player on tour. However, since his 2012 victory there, he has not reached a single Grand Slam final and went out as early as the second round in the 2013 Wimbledon competition. The glory days of Federer on Centre Court could be fading very quickly from his horizon.

Rafael Nadal was another to suffer from an early exit in 2013, following up his 2012 second round defeat with a loss in the first round this year. However, before those results, he did reach the final 5 times in 5 Wimbledon appearances. His favourite Grand Slam by far is the French Open, but with a win record of 83.72%, Wimbledon is his second most successful venue. The only thought on Nadal is that he will be stronger next season for the action in London, with a good full season under his belt on his comeback from injury in early 2013.

Tomas Berdych has had a mixed time at Wimbledon in recent years. He was a finalist in 2010 and reached the quarter final stage in 2013, but suffered a first round exit in 2012. If he finds his form in 2014, he might be an outside chance to progress in the competition again. One player who has a lot to make up for in 2014 is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He was forced to pull out of his second round match in this year’s tournament, after being fancied to do well, and will be hoping to make amends.

Along with Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro will go as an outside shot. The big Argentinean enjoyed a successful Wimbledon campaign in 2013, reaching the semi-final stage, but he did fail to get past the 4th round stage in any of his previous attempts. However, with the fading force of Federer, Skybet are offering him at shorter odds than the great Swiss superstar. Jerzy Janowicz was one of the surprises of the 2013 tournament too, as the big server fought his way to the semi-final stage in only his second Wimbledon tournament, and only went out to the eventual winner Andy Murray.

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July 23rd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

ATP China Open Tennis Betting Info
The action takes place at the Olympic Centre in Beijing and while the WTA action this week has a mightily strong field out because of the Premier Tier level that it is, the men’s draw is just for an ATP World Tour 500 level, so not as many stars are out. In fact, only one of the big four are in China, with World Number Two Novak Djokovic looking to pick up his third China Open title

ATP China Open Tennis Betting Favourite and Defending Champion
This tournament should be all about Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is back in action for the first time since his loss in the final of the US Open to Andy Murray. Djokovic has dominated this event over the last two seasons, taking back to back titles here. He won in 2009 and in 2010 and has won three Tour level titles this season already. He is the class act in the field and should make a strong charge through to the final without breaking too much of a sweat. He should be fresh and fit and raring to go. The World number two should have things all his way. Djokovic is strong favourite to add to his perfect 9-0 match record at the event and is trading at a price of 4/9 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365. 

Other Contenders
Realistically there shouldn’t be too many challengers to Novak Djokovic in this one. First of all you will have to look at Spain’s David Ferrer who is capable of pulling off a win. The Spaniard is such a hard worker and he pushed Djokovic very hard in the semi finals of the US Open. He stepped out in Kuala Lumpur recently in the kind of field which he should have taken victory, but stumbled at the semi final stage indoors against Julien Benneteau. You have to imagine that if Djokovic, who has an easy draw, slips up somewhere, it will only likely be against Ferrer or Tsonga who he would meet in the final. Ferrer was a runner up in the 2010 edition of the China Open.

So the bottom half of the draw should come down to David Ferrer and Jo Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman is in a bit of form as he recently won on home soil in Metz. Granted, it wasn’t a high quality field at all, but he also has a bit of history here as well, reaching the semi finals last season before losing out to Tomas Berdych. Tsonga has a 5-3 match record at the China Open and with his energy and standing in the world game, should push on to a semi final meeting against Ferrer.

Best Outside Bet
Tough to pick an outsider of a tournament like this, but would look for Richard Gasquet, simply because of form. He won last week in Bangkok, despite having some struggles along the way. Is in the top half of the draw along with Novak Djokovic so is a total outside shot. But the best of the bunch in terms of challengers sitting outside of the big three guns at the event.

Latest ATP China Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Novak Djokovic 4/9, Jo Wilfried Tsonga 9/2, David Ferrer 7/1, Richard Gasquet 18/1, Tommy Haas 33/1

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October 1st, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

David Ferrer (Spain)

ATP Kuala Lumpur Tennis Betting Info
It is the early stages of the Asian swing of the men’s circuit for your tennis betting and the feature tournament for this week is going to be the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. This is an ATP World Tour 250 tournament, one of the lower tiered events on the circuit and why there is not so many of the big guns out and about right now. This is only the fourth edition of the event.

ATP Kuala Lumpur Tennis Betting Defending Champion
The defending champion is not back for the defence of his title. Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic took the honours here last season The only previous champion of the event in the field is Nikolay Davydenko who won the inaugural tournament back in 2009.

ATP Kuala Lumpur Tennis Betting Favourite
Spain’s David Ferrer goes as the favourite this week and is the stand out talent in the field and should be worth backing as he is just in the positive at the start of pre-tournament betting. Just as Jo Wilfried-Tsonga took the title as clear top ranked player in Metz, so too David Ferrer should take the title here this week. He is riding some great form at the moment as he pushed Novak Djokovic really hard in the semi final of the US Open at Flushing Meadows recently and helped Spain book their place in the David Cup final as well. The world number five is the star attraction in the field and as long as he brings his A-game and concentration then it hard to see where he is going to get bettered. Ferrer has played here before, making a semi final run in 2010 and with five ATP World Tour titles under his belt at the moment this season, trading at a price of 6/5 with online bookmaker Bet365, Ferrer looks a pretty sound bet.

Other Contenders
Kei Nishikori will be hoping for a successful swing out in Asia and was a semi finalist here last year. The Japanese world number 17 is still looking for his first title of the season. Nishikori is capable of pulling off big shocks, not that there are many in the field waiting to happen. However, the Japanese star went on a strong run of three quarter final appearances in a row, culminating at the London 2012 Olympics. Interestingly at the Olympics, he beat Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer on the way to the quarters.

Alexandr Dolgopolov probably should make a bit of a strong run here. He entered back in 2010 and went out in the second round. The Ukraine has come on leaps and bounds since there. He was ranked 55th in the world when he entered a couple of years ago and is now inside the top twenty. His form has been pretty hit and miss, but he was a winner in Washington at the end of July and made a quarter final run in Winston-Salem. Has been resting up since an earlier than expected exit from the US Open.

Argentina’s Juan Monaco needs a good performance this week. There is still a chance that he could make it to the Barclays ATP World Tour Final in November. Really needs to kick things up a gear though but a win would help immensely. However, he needs to break out of a sticky patch of form which has seen him win just two of his last seven matches. Not great form and this will be his début at the event. Still, he is ranked 11th in the world and has three titles under his belt this year with a 33-15 match record for 2012. Has the most to gain with a win this week. 

Best Outside Bet
Nikolay Davydenko may just be worth a shot. The veteran is a former champion here and he had a pretty good run last week in Metz, getting to the semi finals. You aren’t going to see the Russian running deep into tournaments too often these days, but will probably enjoy being back here. Not seeded for the event but is in the opposite half of the draw from favourite David Ferrer which may help.

Latest ATP Kuala Lumpur Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
David Ferrer 6/5, Kei Nishikori 4/1, Alexandr Dolgopolov 6/1, Juan Monaco 7/1, Nikolay Davydenko 14/1, Feliciano Lopez 16/1, Julien Bennetteu 20/1, Jurgen Melzer 22/1, Matin Lizean 22/1, Denis Istomin 33/1

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September 24th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

John Isner

ATP Winston-Salem Tennis Betting Info
There is a men’s tournament on the tennis betting circuit this week, a small and quite intimate affair over in North Caroline for the Winston-Salem Open at the Wake Forest University. This is an ATP World Tour 250 Tournament, so a lower tiered event and you are not going to get the big guns attending things like this. Certainly not the week before the US Open at Flushing Meadows anyway. But for the players involved here, there is a great chance to carry some momentum forward to Flushing Meadows and therefore it should still be quite a good, competitive tennis betting week. Online betting exchange BetFair are showing live streams from the event this week, so they will be a good destination for your markets and your live in play tennis betting as you can get a hold of live streams as well.

ATP Winston-Salem Tennis Betting Favourite and Defending Champion
There was a fitting win in the inaugural tournament last year as North Carolina native John Isner took the title. Naturally that was a pretty favourable result for Isner, who grew up in Greensboro, not far away from Wake Forest Uni. Anyway, he took down Julien Benneteau last season for a popular win and is back to defend his title. The tall American can be patchy and streaky, but you know that he is going to enjoy himself here. He had a battle in the second round coming past Marin Klizan but that will show that he can’t be complacent. The world number ten has been in pretty good shape since Wimbledon this year. He won in Newport, hit the semi’s in Atlanta, the quarter finals at the Olympics and the semi’s in Montreal. So he should be a pretty good fit here again and goes as favourite at a price of 2/1 with online betting exchange BetFair.

ATP Winston-Salem Tennis Betting Other Contenders
Can’t ignore the presence of France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the field as he is the top ranked player in the draw. Bit of a hesitation about the Frenchman though, who had to miss Cincinnati last week because of an accident the previous week in Canada. So Tsonga will welcome a deep run at Winston-Salem this week in order to get his preparations right for the 2012 US Open. A good hard court player and naturally will be a little bit cautious going through the tournament, but at the end of the day, you can’t ignore his talent and it is not as if it is one of the toughest draws in front of him.

Andy Roddick will make a nuisance of himself no doubt here. The former world number one played here last year as well and made it to the semi finals. He has picked up two Tour titles for the season and took out fellow American James Blake in quite a battle in the second route to move ahead. Roddick took both sets on a tie break to progress. He won in Atlanta in July but after that he whimpered out of the London Olympics and then in the first round of Cincinnati last week. So needs a return to form. This is just about the level of tournament and depth of field in which you can see him excel Will be a danger in the field.

Tomas Berdych, the world number seven goes as second seed for the tournament and he is making his début in Winston-Salem. He was pretty strong over the first half of the year and the Czech is just looking to reproduce that kind of early season form. Hasn’t really happened for a while for him, but he is one of the players who can step up and deliver. It also means that he is going to be some pretty handy value in the tournament as well and is going to be worth consideration Will run into Roddick if they make it to the quarter final stage.

Best Outside Bet
Would look down in the bottom half of a draw for an outside shot, because you have both John Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga up in the top half. Therefore as our outside tennis bet this week we will turn to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. He made the quarter finals here last year and he lifted the Washington title recently. However, his following tournaments after that were both first round exits in Toronto and then in Cincinnati. Can do better than that and therefore would make a decent outside shot from the bottom half.. Dolgopolov is trading at a price of 5/1 with online betting exchange BetFair.

Latest ATP Winston-Salem Tennis Betting Prices at online betting exchange BetFair
John Isner 2/1, Jo Wilfried Tsonga 3/1, Tomas Berdych 4/1, Alexandr Dolgopolov 4/1, Andy Roddick 8/1, Sam Querrey 17/2


August 22nd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Andy Murray

ATP Toronto Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Info
With the Olympic Tennis tournament done and dusted, with a wonderful home soil win for Britain’s Andy Murray over Roger Federer, three of the four semi finalists will be straight back in action this week at the Rogers Cup. So it is off to Canada for the next leg of the ATP Tour and this is the sixth of nine World Tour Masters 1000 events on the calendar. In total, seven of the current world top ten are going to be competing at the Rexall Centre. So it is going to be an interesting week ahead to see if anyone is going to have any Olympic hangovers. The last five World Tour Masters 1000 events have been won by either Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

ATP Toronto Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Favourite and Defending Champion
Novak Djokovic is the defending champion of the Rogers Cup and he is back gunning for the defence of his title after surprisingly missing out on an Olympic medal. The Serbian was looking in good shape until he lost a thriller in the semi final against Andy Murray. There was a high level of ball retrieval between the two players, but Murray just had the edge on the day with some flawless tennis. Then Djokovic missed out in the bronze medal match as well, going down against big serving Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro. So if anyone in this Toronto field needs a bounce back performance this week it is going to be Novak Djokovic. He does go as number one seed with a 17-3 record at the event, and he is a two time winner here. There have been only two titles during 2012 for Djokovic, but he will look forward to getting back on the hard court. Novak Djokovic, who is probably going to be the hungriest man in the field. He is trading as 2/1 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365 this week.

Other Contenders
Andy Murray. Will he have the Olympic hangover. What a week it was for him back at Wimbledon. He is going to be the biggest threat to Djokovic in Toronto and while the gold medal should really propel his career forward now in that search for the elusive Grand Slam title, he could be excused for not going all the way here. It was an emotional high for him in taking the gold, so it is going to be tough to pick himself back up to competitive level. A certain degree of weight of expectation must be off his shoulders. Murray goes as second seed in tennis betting this week and he has good form at the event as well. He lifted the title in 2009 and 2010 and is on the opposite end of the draw to Djokovic, so those two coming together will be the projected final. Murray has Canadian star Milos Raonic and John Isner in his quarter, with last year’s losing finalist Mardy Fish and Tomas Berdych possible semi final opponents. A good chance to build on his Olympic success but trading at 3/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga will bring his busy, competitive game to Toronto. Tsonga is in the top half of the draw, which suggests that he will have to get past Novak Djokovic at the semi final stage. Tsonga lost out in straight sets against Djokovic at the London Olympics, as he was outclassed and overpowered by a dominant Djokovic. The Frenchman has the ability to raise his game on occasion and really push the big four hard. Sadly it doesn’t happen often enough and how easily he was brushed aside by Djokovic at Wimbledon suggests that he won’t go all the way. An outside shot.

Juan Martin del Potro will have had mixed emotions walking away from the London 2012 Olympic Games with a bronze medal around his neck. The powerful Argentinian was involved in the longest ever Olympic match against Roger Federer in the semi finals. The final set just went on and on and on, and all credit to Del Potro who really was looking to take the game to Federer, but just couldn’t convert his chances against the world number one. The former US Open champion looked good though and although it was a disappointing manner in which to go out after such an epic match, he should take heart that he punched pound for pound with the best in the world. Del Potro goes in Djokovic’s quarter and a meeting between those two this week would truly be fascinating

Best Outside Bet
Canada’s own Milos Raonic, the youngster with the monster serve. When Raonic gets his power game going, he is pretty hard to stop. Some of the big names in the world have found that out already this season. Has only been seeded sixteenth, which puts him on course for a quarter final match with Andy Murray, which means that if Murray is still celebrating his Olympic win and isn’t focused, then Raonic will be the biggest benefactor. Raonic has two tour titles this year.

Latest ATP Toronto Rogers Cup Tennis Betting Prices at Online Bookmaker Bet365
Novak Djokovic 2/1, Andy Murray 3/1, Jo Wilfried Tsonga 7/1, Milos Raonic 7/1, Juan Martin del Potro 8/1, Tomas Berdych 10/1

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August 6th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sam Querrey (USA)

ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Info
The Olympics will be interrupting the couple of ATP Tournaments that there are this week, with all of the big guns resting up ahead of making their appearance at London 2012. Not to worry, there is still some good ATP tennis betting to look at and enjoy for now though, as the next instalment of the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues in California this week. We are in Los Angeles for out tennis betting this week, and the tournament is the longest running annual professional sporting event in the city.

ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Ernest Gulbis won here last year but instead of coming back for the defence of his title this week, has decided to stay in Europe and play in ATP Kitzbuhel instead. So there won’t be a defending champion in Los Angeles this week.

ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Favourite
American Sam Querrey is the favourite in the City of Angels this week, as he is lining up a shot at his third title here. He won back in 2009 and 2010 so has a strong track record here. He goes off as number two seed here, but Querrey does have a 10-2 match record for the event and is the only player in the field who has tasted victory here before. So plenty of reasons to get behind him and back him for a triple. Querrey is floating down in the fifties in the rankings, but is one of those decent journeymen who can turn up and produce a title. He has won already this year, on the clay in Sarasota, Florida, and his most recent best effort was a run to the semi finals of Queens ahead of Wimbledon. He did bit the highly ranked youngster Milos Raonic at Wimbledon before losing to Marin Cilic in the third round. Looks the strong name in the field to catch.

Other Contenders
Xavier Malisse is back in Los Angeles for the ninth time. So he has plenty of experience here but only holds a 7-8 record. Still, you have to weigh up the quality of the overall field on this one, and see that the Belgian makes a decent runner for the title. He isn’t on too bad of a stretch of from either. He reached the quarter finals at Queen’s, the semi finals at s-Hertogenbosch and the fourth round at Wimbledon So could be carrying a good bit of momentum into this one.

Frenchman Nicolas Mahut is another one of those solid journeymen who you just never know when he will produce something. Has a 14-13 match record for the season, which clearly isn’t fantastic, but again, this is not a high quality field at all. No spectacular form from him, but his world ranking of 66 makes him one of the highest ones in the tournament. So that may be a reason to have a look at him. You may remember him from Queen’s this year when he beat Andy Murray in the second round.

Brian Baker. Have to have a look at Baker who is making his first ever appearance at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. We have just been seeing a bit more of this man in the tennis circles this year, and he really came to light at Wimbledon when he reached the fourth round. Baker has also finished up as runner up in Nice this season. Didn’t get going in Atlanta last week, so will be hoping for a bit of a bounce back on the west coast this week.

Best Outside Bet
Number one seed for the Farmers Classic is going as our best outside bet. You are not going to see that happen very often, but it is Benoit Paire who fills the slot this week. This is his début in Los Angeles, but his highlights of the season were a semi final appearance in s-Hertogenbosch and then a runner-up in Belgrade. Has only hit the second round in his last two events, but they were both on clay.

Latest ATP Farmers Classic Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Sam Querrey 9/4, Nicolas Mahut 9/2, Xavier Malisse 15/2, Benoit Paire 8/1, Brian Baker 9/1, Marinko Matosevic 14/1

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July 23rd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Mardy Fish (USA)

ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Info
It’s another busy week on the ATP with three more events running this week, and out in Atlanta, Georgia there is a good crop of American players all vying for the title. The Tour only moved back to Atlanta a couple of years ago, and on both occasions in 2010 and 2011 we had all American finals. The Atlanta Open is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and will give competitors another chance at a some good pre-Olympic Games warm up matches. Other ATP Tournaments this week can be found in Hamburg, Germany and Gstaad, Switzerland. None of the big guns are out this week, leaving evenly matched fields around for your tennis betting.

ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Mardy Fish is gunning for a hat trick of titles at the Atlanta Open after winning it in the past two seasons. Fish beat fellow American John Isner on both of those occasions. So this is a tournament which Fish clearly enjoys and with the two main protagonists in the draw going to be kept apart until the final, there is likely to be a strong run from both of them again in 2012. Fish had a run to the fourth round of Wimbledon recently, which followed up on a quarter final run in Miami. There have not been any titles for Mardy Fish this season, and with a quiet season with just a 10-7 win loss record for the season. Still, with Isner being hit and miss, Fish should be a good contender. Mardy Fish is trading as 10/3 second favourite with BetFair this week.

ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Favourite
John Isner goes as favourite in Atlanta, thanks to his title victory in Newport, Rhode Island last week. Isner took down Ryan Harrison and Lleyton Hewitt on his way to the title, and that was his first title of the season. Isner holds a 28-12 win loss record for the season and after making the final in the past two seasons, he will be pushing hard to get over the finish line this time around. Had a terrible exit in the first round of Wimbledon against Alejandro Falla, but his run in Newport was the first time that he really has impressed since back at the start in April in Houston. Still, he should have enough power to make it to the semi finals at least this week, and should be confident after last week.

Other Contenders
Andy Roddick, who has been the winner of at least one ATP Tour title for the past 12 years of his career, has his second attempt in Atlanta. Roddick won in Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon, picking up his first title of the season, and he only has a 14-12 win loss record for the season, so it hasn’t been a stellar year for him. Still, you would expect him to go well in a field like this, as he is a top competitor Only made the third round at Wimbledon where he met David Ferrer, and lost in four sets. There have been some disappointing performances along the way for Roddick, but could still shine in Georgia.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori goes as third seed for the tournament in Atlanta, and put in a quarter final appearance at Newport last week. He was brushed aside by Juan Martin Del Potro at Wimbledon, and the Japanese star is still looking for his first title of 2012. Nishikori has put in a few good quarter final appearances throughout the season, and you would expect him to be at this stage for this week’s tennis betting action. He would run into Mardy Fish at the semi final stage if they get that far. Other decent names in the field are South African’s Kevin Anderson and home grown talents Ryan Harrison, Donald Young and Jack Sock.

Best Outside Bet
American Brian Baker has been putting in some impressive performances of late, and holds an 8-3 win loss record for the season. So his season has not been heavily involved on the ATP Tour this season, but with a record run to the final of Nice, France, where he lost to Nicolas Almagro, that followed a title on the Challenger tour in Savannah, Georgia at the end of April. A big outside shot, but look for him to impress and cause problems. Baker is trading at 22/1 with online bookmaker BetFair.

Latest ATP BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker BetFair
John Isner 9/4, Mardy Fish 10/3, Andy Roddick 9/2, Kei Nishikori 7/1, Kevin Anderson 15/2, Ryan Harrison 11/1, Brian Baker 22/1, Xavier Malisse 25/1, Gilles Muller 50/1

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July 16th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

AEGON Championships Tennis Betting Info
This is pretty much just know as the form guide for Wimbledon, as players start to make their transition from the clay court swing of the season onto grass. The Queen’s club is a very popular location of course, and it gives British tennis fans a good look at some of the home grown talent. There is only one of the big four in attendance and that is Andy Murray, who is back to defend his title.

AEGON Championships Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Andy Murray has done very well at this event, and is setting his stall out to win Queens for the third time in four years. Clearly not a bad record then, and after falling to David Ferrer in the quarter finals of the French Open, and after having back problems at the Grand Slam, we should see a better Murray here. He is more suited to the grass than clay, that is for sure, and he will get more response from the ball on the quicker surface. Murray beat out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final last year, being accused of showboating by the Frenchman. Top seed in the world and really should be back in the final here and gearing up for Wimbledon. Murray is priced at 13/8 with BetFred.

 

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Other Contenders
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put on a great show here last year, and was the start of a good grass court season for him actually. Like Murray, the Frenchman was ousted of the French Open at the quarter final stage, but after reaching the final at Queens at the first attempt in 2011, he should be confident of having a strong run at the title. It is not a high quality field, and Tsonga is one of the best ones in it. Tsonga has one title to his name this season, earned right at the start of the season with a win in Doha. The final of Queens last year was the last time he and Murray met, and Murray holds a 5-1 head to head record over the Frenchman, including wins in both of their grass court meetings. So Tsonga makes a strong second favourite at a price of 5/2 with BetFred. Obviously in the other half of the draw to Murray, so we could see a repeat of last season’s final.

As mentioned, it is not a strong field in particular, but there are tricky players for the big guns to watch out for. Janko Tisparevic is a good, crafty player but the world number eight has never been past the third round. However, the Serbian is a much improved player over the last twelve months and a decent candidate given the depth of the field at Queens. Andy Roddick is the player in the field with the best record at Queens though, and is a four time winner of the event. The last time he won it was back in 2007, and while he is a great grass court player, Roddick has struggled over the last couple of years with both injury and form. Potential to pull of a shock, but overall is not as strong as he should be. There’s Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez both in the draw as well, with Cilic perhaps representing the stronger option of the two. They are both very good journeymen and capable of picking up lower tiered tournaments in fields like this, but it doesn’t happen often enough.

Best Outside Bet
Frenchman Gilles Simon, he had a decent clay court swing of the season, picking up a title. He has had his moments about top ranked players during his career, but ranked 13th in the world, his threats are not consistent enough. Solid player. Ranked 13th and could be a likely semi final opponent for Murray if they get that far.

Latest AEGON Championships Tennis Betting Prices at BetFred
Andy Murray 13/8, Jo Wilfred Tsonga 5/2, Janko Tipsarevic 10/1, Marin Cilic 10/1, Andy Roddick 16/1, Gilles Simon 201/, Ivo Karlovic 14/1, Feliciano Lopez 25/1, Sam Querrey 33/1

 


 


June 12th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rafael Nadal

ATP Rome Tennis Betting Info
There is more highly quality tennis to come this week as we are at one of the three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments on clay. It is a wonderful, tree-lined setting and the natural glitz and glamour and high fashion of Rome is clearly evident. Players will be happy to get to the regular red clay this week, after struggling on the much-maligned blue clay in Spain last week. So while there were some big upsets last week, normal order should be resumed as the big guns regain their footing.

ATP Rome Tennis Betting Defending Champion
Novak Djokovic is the defending champion of The Internazionali BNL d’Italia tournament, and this was part of his blistering season last year. He hasn’t reached the same highs in 2012 though, as the only tournament he has won so far, has been the Australian Open. Granted, not a bad tournament to only win, but last week saw another earlier exit for the world number one, as he lost to Janko Tipsarevic in Madrid last week. That was his fourth defeat of the season, so the titles have been harder to come by for him. Still, he sounds in confident mood himself, insisting that he has had a good season so far, and that he is mentally and physically strong. You wonder how long it will be before he does pick up a title. He is too good to keep out of the winners circle for too long surely. The slower courts in Rome will help him and has a big point to prove ahead of the French Open. Djokovic goes at 5/2 at Totesport.

ATP Rome Tennis Betting Favourite
Rafael Nadal, understandably is the favourite in Rome, despite his failure on the blue clay in Madrid last week. The blue clay was a lot slicker than the red stuff, there was less grip and not many of the top players had something good to say about it. Nadal lost in last year’s final here to Djokovic, but the Spaniard is eyeing up his sixth title at the event. His most recent triumph came in 2010 , and he holds a magnificent 31-2 match record in Rome. He is going to be the one to match, because he has raised his game in the clay court swing of the season. That is where he is at his best, and you can write down last week’s early exit off to the surface. When Djokovic and Nadal fail to get to the semi final of a tournament, you know something is up. It was a big factor. Nadal is trading at 5/6 with BetVictor.

Other Contenders
Roger Federer really is the man of the moment in the ATP, as he lifted another title on the weekend. Federer took the title in Madrid against Tomas Berdych over three sets. He was joined on court by Will Smith, who handed over the suit he wore in Men in Black III to the Swiss superstar. Federer is in red hot form at the moment, and has leapfrogged over Rafael Nadal into second place in the world rankings. A big step forward for the hungry Federer who is still eyeing up a return to the number one world spot. This is the twelfth time that Federer has entered Rome and yet he has failed to ever win here. He has lost in two finals, the last time back in 2006, and the Fed Express holds a 20-11 match record. He isn’t naturally at home on clay, but his mastery of the slippery blue stuff in Spain last week should have given him a lot of confidence to challenge hard for this one. The slower courts may help him out even more with his timing, as it takes away the threat of the bigger servers.

Andy Murray has a 5-6 match record in Rome, and after missing Madrid last week with an injury, it will be interesting to see how he goes. Naturally he is trading back behind the other big guns in the field. No-one matches Nadal on clay, Federer is in top form and Djokovic is the world number one. Murray still has some ground to make up at the moment. The Scot did not make it past the quarter finals of Rome or Monte Carlo, his only two other outings on clay so far this season. While he is still one of the big four, and we are unlikely to be picking a winner outside of the top four, Murray is the least likely of the bunch.

Best Outside Bet
The draw is set up for projected semi finals of Federer v Djokovic and Murray v Nadal. The most sense here in picking out Spaniard David Ferrer. He is a clay court expert and he is in Andy Murray’s quarter of the draw, so stands a very solid shot at the semi finals here. Had a decent season but still is a big outside shot, simply because of Nadal’s dominance. Ferrer goes at 50/1 with SportingBet.

 

Latest ATP Rome Tennis Betting Prices at Bet365
Nadal 5/6, Djokovic 5/2, Federer 9/2, Murray 16/1, Del Potro 18/1, Berdych 33/1, Ferrer 50/1

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May 14th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rafael Nadal

ATP Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Betting Info
One of the big clay court tournaments outside of the French Open swings into action on May 6th from the Magic Box in the Spanish capital. This is an important warn up for the French open and there has been a big change in the way the event looks. That is because Madrid has gone blue, switching up the traditional red court for the rather unorthodox blue, the kind of colour you see on hard court surfaces. There is no great reasoning behind this other than a yellow ball is easier to see against the blue background, and it is actually a good enough reason because that is why the Australian and US Opens are held on blue surfaces. It is now over to the players to see if it actually plays any different to the red clay. Both Rafael Nadal and Samantha Stosur seem to both think that the moves was a mistake. This is because blue clay is manufactured differently to red clay, so it is essentially a new surface.

ATP Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Betting Defending Champion
World number one Novak Djokovic is the man who is returning to Madrid as the defending champion. The Serbian claims that the best clay court title of his career came here last year, when he out-played Rafael Nadal in the final. It was an incredible turn around last season when Djokovic was getting the better of Nadal on clay, but clay of course is Nadal’s surface. Djokovic’s triumph over Nadal last season here snapped a 37 unbeaten streak on clay Djokovic already has two titles under his belt for the season, winning the Australian Open and in Miami. As the season gears up towards the French Open, Djokovic last stepped out at Monte Carlo a couple of weeks ago, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in the final. So are the tables turning back towards the Spaniard? Djokovic is second favourite at 7/4 with SkyBet.

ATP Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Betting Favourite
They may be, because Rafael Nadal starts as favourite at Evens with SkyBet. Nadal has been given a bit of an advantage as well, because Andy Murray pulled out ahead of the tournament with a back injury, which means that Nadal gets to avoid another big four player until the final. That should put him in good stead, as well as the back to back wins on clay already this season. Nadal triumphed easily in Monte Carlo over Novak Djokovic, and then followed it up with a win in Barcelona after taking out David Ferrer in the final. So it has been a a good month for Nadal, who, once again has come to life for the season on clay. Yes, the clay may be new at Madrid this year, but Nadal has to go in as favourite because of his form. The Spaniard has won the Madrid Open twice before in 2005 and 2010 and holds a 24/7 record at the event.

Other Contenders
Roger Federer steps out onto clay for the first time this season in Madrid, and like Nadal and Djokovic, is a previous winner of the tournament. The Swiss superstar landed the title the first time it was switched over to clay, back in 2009. Federer has been in solid form, right from the start of the season, and he rattled off three back to back titles, in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells to set his season alight. He didn’t get going in Miami though, crashing out in the round of 32 to Andy Roddick. Still, he should be well rested and while clay isn’t his best surface, he reached the final of the French Open last season with some wonderful technical play and should be a threat here. He will be on course though to meet Novak Djokovic in the semi final, which will likely be the set-up to face Nadal in the final.

Spaniard David Ferrer has to be considered as a strong contender as he has three titles under his belt for the season and two of them have come on clay. He also got to the final of Barcelona, where he faced Nadal again, but again he was shot down by the former world number one. So he will make a decent outside shot. He is in the same quarter of the draw as Roger Federer, which means that he will likely have to go through the Swiss man, as well as Novak Djokovic at the semi final stage. So a tough run here, but like Nadal, Ferrer is a clay court specialist and worth considering. Great player, great tenacity and able to grind opponents down. Excellent on clay.

Because Rafael Nadal looks to have the second half of the draw to himself, it may just be worth dipping into his half of the draw (especially in the quarter which he is not in) just to pick out an outside contender. From there the most obvious contender is Jo Wilfried-Tsonga who goes off as fourth seed for the event. He bombed badly at the BMW Open in Munich recently, when he should have been one of the front runners. He crashed out in the first round there and so needs a bounce back performance Other names like John Isner and Alexandr Dolgopolov are floating around in Tsonga’s quarter.

Best Outside Bet: As it generally is, it will be Juan Martin Del Potro. The Argentine has a decent shot here because he is in the easiest quarter of the entire draw. Wouldn’t be too surprised to see him have a good run at the semi finals here, but unfortunately for him, Rafael Nadal would be waiting in that semi final. But with his heavy hitting and recent decent form this season, Del Potro is capable of winning the quarter he is in.

Latest ATP Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Betting Prices at Bet365
Nadal Evens, Djokovic 7/4, Federer 13/2, Del Potro 14/1, Ferrer 25/1, Berdych 33/1, Isner 50/1

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May 6th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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