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The penultimate ATP Tour Masters 1000 event serves up a tennis treat this week, with the big guns all vying for some late success in the season. The Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis betting outright winner market is being dominated by Novak Djokovic, not surprising after the Serbian was faultless in Beijing recently, looking his majestic, prolific self. He dropped just the two games in his victory over Tomas Berdych in the final of the tournament, a blistering performance which shocked everyone because of the remarkable standards that the Serbian laid down.

Djokovic is eyeing up the number one spot at the end of the year and the way he is motoring at the moment, then he will likely pip Rafael Nadal to the points. Djokovic is out this week to try and win his third Shanghai Rolex Masters title in a row, holding a 16-2 match record at the event. He has already landed ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events at Indian Wells, Miami and Rome this season, and is gunning for his 20th title at this level.

Rafael Nadal is out again and looking to do better than his quarter final defeat against qualifier Martin Klizan in China last week. Nadal really needs to strike here if he is going to stop Djokovic from finishing as world number one at the end of the year. At least Nadal does have freshness on his side after missing the entire US swing. The tournament in China last week was his first time in action for the Spaniard since Wimbledon. Nadal does have easiest draw ahead of him, raising the probability of a Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal final.

Nadal goes a point shorter than Roger Federer in the outright betting market, and he is back after almost a four week lay off. His best performance in Shanghai was a place in the final back in 2010. Andy Murray, who reached the semi finals in Beijing last week, losing against Novak Djokovic, is looking for his third Shanghai title after wins in 2010 and 2010. He needs some valuable points to get himself into the top eight in the Emirates ATP Race to London.

ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters Tennis Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 6/5, Rafael Nadal 12/5, Roger Federer 7/1, Andy Murray 12/1, Milos Raonic 18/1, Stanislas Wawrinka 8/1, Marin Cilic 18/1, Tomas Berdych 18/1, Kei Nishikori 22/1, bar 25/1.

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6th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Andy Murray is all set for a showdown in the quarter finals of the US Open on Wednesday with top seed Novak Djokovic. This of course is a repeat of the 2012 final, which Murray endured to pick up the first Grand Slam title of his career. Going into the Flushing Meadows action this time around, no-one has been giving Murray much of a chance, there’s not been much expectation on him because of his form this season.

It has been a season of finding himself again after recovering from back surgery. Murray is running as heavy underdog at a price of5/2 with Paddy Power for the quarter final meeting. Murray is eighth seed for the tournament and trails the head to head against Djokovic 8-12, including a defeat against the Serbian in their one meeting this year, which was out in Miami.

The last three times they have come together at Grand Slams have all been in the final. Murray won two of them of course, the 2012 US Open final and the 2013 Wimbledon triumph. Both the wins were very long matches, and there are going to be huge questions about Murray’s endurance against Djokovic on Wednesday.

Murray beat Jo Wilfried Tsonga, his first win over a top ten player since Wimbledon last year, in the round of sixteen. Frankly after picking up cramp in his opening match of the tournament, Murray has looked pretty sharp, suggestions that he is getting close to being back on top form.

There were doubts over the form of Novak Djokovic ahead of the tournament, falling to some uncharacteristic defeats, courtesy of some pretty poor play in recent ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. But he is a champion and has been looking pretty settled, and the Serbian is eyeing up his fifth consecutive appearance in the US Open final, having won it only once before, in 2011. Djokovic is 2/7 favourite to win the match, and even money favourite to win the 2014 US Open.

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3rd September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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The Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic won the US Open for the first and only time so far in his career back in 2011. It is without too much surprise that he is heading up the market as the action gears up again, at a price of 6/5 with Boylesports for this year’s tournament.

However, there has been some uncharacteristic stumbles from Djokovic in recent weeks which suggests that he is slipping out of form ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season. Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self in defeats against Jo wilfried Tsonga and Tommy Robredo at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati respectively. You won’t see Djokovic play a worse match than he did against Tsonga in Canada.

So the big question for Novak Djokovic in 2014 US Open betting, is whether or not his class shine through and rise back to the top of his game when it matters most?

Backers of Djokovic will point out the fact that he has appeared in each of the last four US Open finals, plus one back in 2007. That’s a pretty strong record and he clearly has a strong affinity with Flushing Meadows. He has been to the final of ten of the last sixteen Grand Slams, four of the last five. That’s pretty hard to knock. But with his form wobbles coming at the wrong time for confidence, is the price of 6/5 on Djokovic at Boylesports a little too short on him to back heartily?

It is short, yes, but he is still worth a shot, arguably being one of the best in the world and the old adage of form is temporary, class is permanent applies here.

Along with his strong record at Flushing Meadows, despite converting on just one of his five final appearances there, the field isn’t that strong or deep behind him. Reigning champion Rafael Nadal is out of the mix having already withdrawn because of a wrist injury, so that is probably Djokovic’s biggest threat out of the way already. It leaves Roger Federer as 3/1 second favourite thanks to the great season that the Swiss superstar is having, and Andy Murray, who has struggled for form all season, at 4/1. Rising star Grigor Dimitrov, Stan Wawrinka and Jo Wilfried Tsonga are among the best dark horse shots.

When the 2014 US Open comes rolling around, expect Djokovic to be there and be ready. He is a fierce competitor and will be berating himself for his substandard performances at the recent ATP Masters 1000 touranments. The thing about the US Open is that he will get a good three rounds to really get some form behind him before he gets to the business end of the tournament. It probably won’t take too much for that form to start running back through him, as the adrenaline from the tournament sinks home.

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22nd August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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British number one Andy Murray has been seeded eight in the US Open men’s singles which get underway next week. Murray – a former US Open champion – has struggled to find consistency on the court since returning to the game after undergoing back surgery in September last year but is seeded one place higher than his current world ranking because Rafael Nadal is unable to defend his crown due to a wrist injury.

The Scot did make the semi-finals of this year’s French Open but was knocked out of the Australian Open and Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage and is still searching for a first win on the ATP Tour since his Wimbledon triumph in 2013. He’s not looked the same player since his relationship with Ivan Lendl broke down and it remains to be seen if he can recapture former glories under the tutelage of Amelie Mauresmo. Murray is a best 9/2 to come good again at Flushing Meadows.

Unsurprisingly, world number one Novak Djokovic is the men’s top seed, with five-times US Open champion Roger Federer the second seed. That means the great rivals can only meet in this year’s final, which would be a repeat of their epic encounter at Wimbledon at the start of last month. Djokovic can be backed at 7/5 with bwin but the Serb hasn’t fared well on the hard courts in North America so far this month, losing in the early rounds in Toronto and Cincinnati.  Federer beat Murray in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati and is 7/2 with Skybet to win a sixth US Open and an 18th Grand Slam in total. The Swiss hasn’t missed any of the last 60 Grand Slams, which speaks volume for his resilience – compare that to the younger Nadal’s injury woes and the recent record attendance of Murray.

Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka is seeded third in New York but is 18/1 with bwin to double his Grand Slam tally at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Spain’s David Ferrer is fourth and Milos Raonic of Canada rounds off the top five. Czech Tomas Berdych has been made the sixth seed with Murray’s Wimbledon conqueror, Grigor Dimitrov, seventh. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – who beat Federer, Djokovic, Dimitrov and Murray to win the Toronto Open but is notoriously erratic – is 25/1 with betway and Titanbet, and Kei Nishikori of Japan rounds off the top 10.


20th August 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

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2012 US Open title winner Andy Murray has been disappointingly set as eighth seed for this year’s action at Flushing Meadows, which starts in less than a week. It could have been worse for the British Number One if reigning champion Rafael Nadal hadn’t have pulled out ahead of the tournament with injury.

Murray has struggled to get back to the top of his game since his back surgery towards the end of last season. It has been a big search for top form for him this season and he parted company with coach Ivan Lendl too, bringing in Amelie Mauresmo in a bold move to try and push his game forward. But with failures at the quarter final stages of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, with a semi final exit at the French Open, is Murray in the kind of shape to take Flushing Meadows by storm again?

Priced at 4/1 with Boylesports, Murray is running behind both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the 23014 US Open betting market. It was a quarter final exit that Murray suffered last season at the tournament in his title defence, and anything beyond a spot in the final eight could be a bit of stretch for him this time around too. Murray is without a title to his name so far this season, and while he will be desperate to round off a difficult year with the US Open slam in his pocket for the second time in his career, the probabilities aren’t high.

Yes, he is still one of the best in the game, and that will put him in with a shot. But the only time that he has been past the quarter final of any level of tournament on the ATP this season, was that run to the final four at Roland Garros. So Murray’s quest to break more ground at the business end of things doesn’t look great. On the flip side, he will be something of an underdog, players not fearing him so much, so maybe pressure will be off?

An Andy Murray quarter final stage of elimination bet could be a tempting proposition for punters here. It’s actually not as if the field is that deep or competitive, but the Scot has always been just a bit vulnerable against scrappy players who aren’t afraid to attack him. Players like Stan Wawrinka at 12/1 and rising star Grigor Dimitrov at 16/1 could offer better value to make it to the quarters than Murray.

At the end of the day, should Murray run into either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic at any point of the tournament, then the Brit will be underdog. 2011 winner Djokovic (fist seed) is the strong favourite at 11/10 with Boylesports, with the resurgent Roger Federer (second seed) at 3/1 with the bookmaker. They would be kept apart until the final, meaning that Murray would likely have to go through both of them for the title.

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20th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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It is the second of the back to back ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, after Jo Wilfried Tsonga blazed a trail to the Rogers Cup in Canada on the weekend. The Frenchman took down Roger Federer in the final, and is Federer who is trading as second favourite for Cincinnati this week at a price of 4/1 at Titanbet. As this is a Masters 1000 event like Toronto was last week, the draws are pretty much the same in as far as who is likely to face up against each other.

Federer, who has a great affinity with the tournament having won it five times before, most recently back in 2012. It’s a been a great, resurgent season for Federer but will the long week in Canada hinder his progress here? These are all massively important warm ups ahead of the US Open. Federer has won 21 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in his career, and the Swiss master is going to take some each way value. You don’t question his skill, or commitment, just his legs, and with Cincinatti being so tricky for many players, Federer has tamed the unpredictable courts so well during his career.

It is Novak Djokovic who heads up the betting market at Titanbet at a price of 5/4, despite never having won Cincinnati, losing in the final of the event four times in his career, he goes as favourite. He put in a terrible performance in his loss against Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the Rogers Cup. You aren’t going to see him get much worse than that. So he can only get better, but at a short price of 6/5, then there isn’t a great deal of value on him. There could be a reunion back in the quarter finals this week, but would punters have confidence in Djokovic losing back to back games against the Frenchman?

So it could be a field in which there is value looking further afield. David Ferrer is in the top half of the draw alongside Djokovic and Tsonga this week, but hasn’t got history at Cincinnati at all. So too is Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov. The latter had some long matches last week, while Wawrinka crashed and burned early and could be  decent dark horse at 14/1 with Titanbet. Andy Murray has won this tournament twice before in his career and is running as an 8/1 shot. The British number one though has won nothing since claiming the WImbledon crown last year and can’t be backed with a great deal of certainty, especially with his last Cincy title coming three years ago.

Murray is in the same quarter as Federer and right now, Federer looks to have more game than Murray. Take Federer out of the picture and the bottom half is pretty tough to call. Milos Raonic could come into play this week with his big serves, as the Cincinnati courts are hard to return on, and the same can be said of John Isner, who lost last year’s final against Rafael Nadal.

ATP Cincinnati Tennis Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 6/5, Roger Federer 4/1, Andy Murray 7/1, Milos Raonic 12/1, Grigor Dimitrov 16/1, Stan Wawrinka 14/1, Tomas Berdych 20/1, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 18/1, John Isner 33/1, David Ferrer 40/1

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11th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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It is Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer betting in the final of Wimbledon and what a clash it should be. World number two Djokovic is back in the final for the third time in four years, and he will be looking to turn around his fortunes in the final since his only victory at SW19 in 2011. This is a big moment for Djokovic as he is looking to land his first Grand Slam title since the 2013 Australian Open.

Even with Djokovic having lost in his last three major finals he is running as strong 4/7 favourite to take the win over Federer. The Swiss superstar rolled back the years and confirmed that he still has what it takes to be master of the grass, as he goes in search of his eighth Grand Slam title. Federer last took the title back in 2012 when he beat Andy Murray.

With Federer cruising through to the final, having dropped just the one set along the way in his quarter final match against Stan Wawrinka, he is going to have some backing. As for Novak Djokovic he has shown some frailties in his game, but some great resilience as well. He had to come from 2-1 down in the quarter finals against Marin Cilic, and had to dig deep in an epic four set battle with Grigor Dimitrov in the semi’s.

He may not get away with throwing away a lead in the final against Roger Federer though. The head to head between the two stands at 18-16 in favour of the Swiss star and Federer has won two of the three meetings between them this season. They met in the semi final of Wimbledon back in 202 and Federer took the win in four sets.

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4th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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The big four in the Wimbledon betting field, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are heading up the options for the 2014 edition.Favouritism is being held by 2011 champion Novak Djokovic who is likely going to take some stopping on grass. Running in some great form, the best of the big four this season, Djokovic has taken the most backing in Wimbledon betting.

Reigning champion Andy Murray, who delighted home fans last year with a three set victory over Novak Djokovic in the final, is putting a lot pressure on himself to make it count again in London. Murray has been to the final of the last two Wimbledon championship and has a great track record there. Despite his failure to pick up a title this year, Murray is still running as 3/1 second favourite. He has been handed a pretty comfortable drawing, going in the same quarter as David Ferrer, but would meet Djokovic in the semi finals.

Rafael Nadal, trading at 4/1, didn’t make a smooth transition from his dominance on clay at the French Open to grass. He turned out in Halle and lost in his first match against world number 85 Dustin Johnson. Nadal, who won the title at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 should still firmly be in the mix at the latter stages, but is he better than Novak Djokovic on grass? There could be some tricky early tests for Nadal, including a rematch agaisnt Lukas Rosol who shocked Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon 2012. Nadal is in the same half as Federer.

The greatest player at Wimbledon in the Open Era, Roger Federer completes the big four at SW19 once again, the Swiss superstar is the outside shot of the four at a price of 6/1. Federer’s last title came back in 2012 at Wimbledon and after an early exit at the French Open, he will at least have had plenty of time to practice on grass. In contrast to Nadal, Federer went all the way and won Halle, his second title of the year. Can he have a Wimbledon revival this year as well after falling in the second round last year in his title defence?

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20th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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French Open tennis betting is with us, the second of the four Grand Slams on the ATP season. Here we are looking at the men’s draw, and weighing up the best French Open tennis bets and the chances of the big guns in the field at Roland Garros. Once again it is looking likely that the winner is only realistically going to come from a handful of players, this time instead of four though, you are probably looking at six at a stretch.

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Most punters may disagree with that and suggest that there is only really two horses in the race, that being Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal 6/4
The great Spaniard has pretty much owned the Roland Garros event over the last nine seasons. He has won eight of those titles, the only missed one back in 2009 when Roger Federer came home first over Robin Soderling. The defence of his French Open title last season was immense, part of his remarkable season in coming back from injury and sweeping pretty much all before him. So Nadal is running for his 9th title at Roland Garros and with a record that reads just the one loss at the French Open Grand Slam (59-1) then naturally he is going to be sitting at the head of the field. But will a recent loss in the final on clay in Rome to Djokovic get punters leaning towards the Serbian?

Novak Djokovic 11/8
The win in Rome over Nadal will have done Djokovic’s confidence a world of good. That was his third title of the year and after what was a relatively slow start, with three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 wins on the bounce at Indian Wells, Miami and Rome, then he is gathering momentum and should be peaking at the right time. Two of those Masters final wins came against Nadal too. So Djokovic is going to have his backers here and the feeling is, that if he meets Nadal again, then he will likely have the edge at the moment. But Djokovic has lost at the semi final stage on four occasions at the French Open, including last year. His only final appearance at Roland Garros ended in a four set loss against Nadal back in 2012.

Stanislas Wawrinka 8/1
The surprise winner of the Australian Open Grand Slam at the start of the year, Wawrinka backed up that career breakthrough with a win in the final of Monte Carlo beating both David Ferrer and Roger Federer along the way. That was his third title of the year and is right at the peak of his career. But can he really land back to back Grand Slams? He did have his best run at the event last year, losing out in the quarter finals to Nadal, not helped by an epic five setter in the round before against Richard Gasquet. He has improved since then, but look at the odds, he’s still a long shot. Just to sum this up, Any Other Player in the Big 2 (Nadal and Djokovic) v Field market is 11/4. Wawrinka does take 11/4 favouritism in the Without Nadal and Djokovic French Open Tennis betting market.

Roger Federer/David Ferrer 20/1
Both of these are long shots too. David Ferrer, the clay court specialist probably missed the chance of his lifetime to taste Grand Slam success twelve months ago, losing out in the final against Nadal. Still, he is gritty and never gives up on anything. That was his first ever major final, and should be around the quarter final stage. He hit the semi’s in both Monte Carlo and Madrid on clay this season, before losing out in the quarters against Djokovic recently in Rome. Roger Federer is having another crack at Roland Garros, a title he has won once. He has had something of a resurgent season, reaching four finals this season, but only winning one of them. Something would have to go drastically wrong with both Nadal and Djokovic for either of these to have a genuine shot. Federer is 13/2 in the Without Nadal and Djokovic market.

Andy Murray 25/1
Oh yes, almost forgot about the British hope. It is unlikely that he’ll really get any kind of challenge in. Is still looking for his best after back surgery last year, and after splitting with Ivan Lendl, is still looking to find his feet. Not at his best on clay and if he makes the quarter finals then it will have to be measured as a relative success for him.

2014 French Open Tennis Betting Prediction:
There is a bigger chance of Djokovic losing before the final than in it. There is something special about Nadal at the French Open and would still stick with the Spaniard


24th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Following the draw for the 2014 French Open tennis Grand Slam at Roland Garros, world number two Novak Djokovic moved into favouritism at the head of the outright winner market ahead. The Serbian moved to 6/4, ahead of eight time French Open winner Rafael Nadal at 15/8. Nadal had been a pre-draw priced of 11/8.

What has prompted the switch at the head of the market, is that Rafael Nadal was handed a tough looking draw, in which he may have to go through Nicolas Almagro, David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka and then, in the final, Djokovic if he wants to win his record ninth Roland Garros title. All four of those have beaten Nadal during the 2014 season, and with the Spaniard not making clean sweeps of the clay court swing of the season as he usually does, Djokovic has taken over as favourite.

The two big guns in French Open tennis betting went head to head in the final of Rome in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, and it was Djokovic who fought back from a set down to take the win. That was the second final in which the Serbian has gotten the better of Nadal this season. Djokovic, after a slow start to the season has won three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in his last four outings. The miss in that run was an semi final loss in Monte Carlo to Roger federer.

The head to head between Djokovic and Nadal stands 22-19 in favour of the Spaniard. With the draw for the 2014 French Open set, there of course is the possibility that the two will come together in the final (6/5 at Skybet). Novak Djokovic odds to win the French Open 2014 at 6/4 look even more valuable in looking at the last four meetings between the top two in the world, as the Serbian has won them all.

Only once before has Novak Djokovic made it through to the final of the French Open and that was back in 2012, when he lost to Nadal in four sets. He was knocked out at last season’s semi final stage by the Spaniard, one of four occasions at the tournament when Djokovic has fallen in the final four.

Sky Bet’s Ned Brooker said: “We were struggling to pick a favourite between Djokovic and Nadal but the Spaniard has certainly been handed the tougher of routes to the final.

”Nadal has endured a below-par 2014, with his usually-invincible form on clay deserting him with three defeats, meaning he will start the event at the longest price since he first won the French Open back in 2005.”

 


24th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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