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It’s another big week on the tennis circuit following on from the action at Indian Wells last week in California. It’s off to the other side of the country for the Miami Open on both the ATP and the WTA this week where all of the big guns are back out in actin in Florida, which starts on Wednesday.

Novak Djokovic claimed another title at Indian Wells and the world number one is looking for what would be his sixth Miami title as well. There doesn’t appear to be any slowing of the Serbian this year who is 22-1 for the season after his Indian Wells success. He has already won in Doha, at the Australian Open and now Indian Wells.

So it is on to the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event to the season season as the Tour hits Miami and he is a short 4/7 price to go out and get the job done yet again after having won there for the last two years. Djokovic won six of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events last year and seems to keep going from strength to strength. He could be on course to meet Roger Federer in the semi finals, who is only back this week after surgery at the start of February.

Andy Murray steps out again this week in what has been a quiet season for him with his main appearance coming at the Australian Open. Murray lost in the third round of Indian Wells last week over three sets against World 53 Federico Delbonis. He goes on the opposite half of the draw to Djokovic with Rafa Nadal a potential semi final opponent there.

ATP Miami Open Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/7, Andy Murray 13/2, Roger Federer 8/1, Rafael Nadal 16/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Stan Wawrinka 20/1, Milos Raonic 28/1, bar 40/1

The WTA got a little interesting on the weekend with Serena Williams missing out on that title at Indian Wells. That means, shockingly, that she remains without a title this season, even though she looks to be still right there on top of her game. It’s now back to back final defeats for Williams this season after going down against Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells showcase.

Williams was beaten in the final of the Australian Open by a stunning performance from Germany’s Angelique Kerber, but given the relationship that Williams has had with Indian Wells and having been in her first final there for fifteen years, it looked as if she let the occasion get to her against Azarenka. But losses are losses and she needs to find a way to hit back. She is an eight time champion in Miami, so she is likely to go close.

The last time that a player won in Indian Wells and Miami in the same season was Kim Clijsters back in 2005. So it’s not an easy task but the Belarusian has looked great on hard surfaces this year, although still she is temperamentally off key at times in her matches. Simona Halep seems to be gaining momentum having had to deal with injuries and illnesses this season which has seen her nowhere near her best. She looked much better at Indian Wells, but was stopped by Serena Williams in the quarters.

Australian Open Angelique Kerber is in the mix as well, but has been out of sorts since her win in Melbourne and is currently running on a three match losing streak. The German could collide with Karolina Pliskova who went to the semis of Indian Wells and the mighty serving skills of the Czech may be the one to back to go further in the tournament.

WTA Miami Open Betting Odds

Serena Williams 11/8, Victoria Azarenka 9/2, Simona Halep 12/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 12/1, Belinda Bencic 18/1, Angelique Kerber 20/1, Garbine Muguruza 25/1, Petra Kvitova 25/1, Karolina Pliskova 33/1, bar 50/1

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22nd March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

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Great Britain are 11/2 with Skybet to retain the Davis Cup after reaching the quarter-finals with a hard-fought victory over Japan in Birmingham.

Andy Murray was again Team GB’s hero, winning both singles matches and helping brother Jamie to success in the doubles – but how long can the Scot keep carrying his team-mates?

Last year’s David Cup exploits took their toll on Murray’s form in the Slams last year and the last thing he will have needed over the weekend was a marathon five-setter against Kei Nishikori. Murray has just returned to action after spending time with his new family and Nishikori, ranked six in the world, pushed the world number two all the way in Birmingham.

The match was the joint longest Murray has ever played, along with his US Open final victory over Novak Djokovic in 2012, and Djokovic could be next on the agenda for Great Britain as they’ll now play his country, Serbia, in the last eight. Djokovic, like Murray, won all three of his matches at the weekend but his team eventually had to dig deep to see off Kazakhstan. They will, however, have home advantage in the quarter-finals in July and are the new 13/8 favourites.

Davis Cup 2016 Skybet Odds

Serbia (13/8), France (3/1), Great Britain (11/2), USA (7/1), Czech Republic (10/1), Croatia (12/1), Italy (14/1), Argentina (20/1)

In some of the weekend’s other ties, there was controversy in Melbourne as Australia lost to the USA. Aussie Bernard Tomic launched a thinly-veiled attack on fellow countryman Nick Kyrgios after the latter pulled out of the tie, stating illness. Tomic clearly believes that there was nothing wrong with Kyrgios other than a desire not to play for his country – he claimed injury under similar circumstances last year only to play in an ATP event just a few days later. The USA will play Croatia in the quarter-finals.

Serbia v Great Britain
Italy v Argentina
Czech Republic v France
USA v Croatia

7th March 2016 / paul - Category: Tennis Betting

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The ATP World Tour tennis season is one that trundles along for most of the calendar year. Right from the start of January you can find players getting back into the swing of things after short winter breaks. With the season’s first big event, the Australian Open usually starting in mid January, then there is little preparation time in terms of competitive match play, for players to find their feet ahead of the blue courts and heat of Melbourne Park. Yet it is the big tournament which draws immediate interest back into the tennis season right from the start of the year and whets the whistle for the other four Grand Slams.

Of course, not every player turns up for every tournament in the calendar year and the big guns tend to skip a lot of the minor tournaments? Why? Well because of points rankings. The top players like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray know that they are going to amass enough ranking points and money from the tournaments which they are required to attend across the season, that they don’t have to focus on putting the extra work into lower tiered events.

Of course, that’s not to say that you won’t find the big guns at the smaller events, you will because players have a certain with tournaments, particularly when they are played in their home country. A title defence can always lure a player back, or if a top player is looking to get back to match fitness, the lower-ranked tiers offer a chance to get back into the swing of things without the higher level of competitiveness.

At the end of the day, the players on the ATP Tour just aren’t looking for the prize money at events, they are looking for titles and ranking points which will work them towards the ATP World Tour Finals at the end of the year as well. Higher rankings of course afford better seedings at events and the prestige of trying to make it into the top ten in the World Rankings

For the 2016 ATP World Tour season there will be 34 tournaments played across Europe in locations like France, Russia, Istanbul, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though of course because there are also 13 North American events, four in South America, eight in Asia, four in Australasia and one in Africa (Marrakech).

ATP 2016 Calendar

Date Tennis Tournament Venue
04.01.-10.01. ATP 250 – Aircel Chennai Open Chennai
04.01.-10.01. ATP 250 – Qatar ExxonMobil Open Doha
04.01.-10.01. ATP 250 – Brisbane International Brisbane
11.01.-17.01. ATP 250 – Apia International Sydney Sydney
18.01.-31.01. Grand Slam – Australian Open Melbourne
01.02.-07.02. ATP 250 – Ecuador Open Quito Quito
01.02.-07.02. ATP 250 – Open Sud de France Montpellier
01.02.-07.02. ATP 250 – Garanti Koza Sofia Open Sofia
08.02.-14.02. ATP 250 – Memphis Open Memphis
08.02.-14.02. ATP 500 – ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Rotterdam
08.02.-14.02. ATP 250 – Argentina Open Buenos Aires
15.02.-21.02. ATP 250 – Delray Beach Open Delray Beach
15.02.-21.02. ATP 250 – Open 13 Marseille
15.02.-21.02. ATP 500 – Rio Open Rio de Janeiro
22.02.-28.02. ATP 500 – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Dubai
22.02.-27.02. ATP 500 – Abierto Mexicano Telcel Acapulco
22.02.-28.02. ATP 250 – Brasil Open Sao Paulo
10.03.-20.03. ATP 1000 – Indian Wells Indian Wells
21.03.-03.04. ATP 1000 – Miami Open Miami
04.04.-10.04. ATP 250 – US Men’s Clay Court Championship Houston
04.04.-10.04. ATP 250 – Grand Prix Hassan II Marrakesh
10.04.-17.04. ATP 1000 – Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Monte-Carlo
18.04.-24.04. ATP 500 – Barcelona Open Barcelona
18.04.-24.04. ATP 250 – BRD Nastase Tiriac Trohpy Bucharest
25.04.-01.05. ATP 250 – Millennium Estoril Open Estoril
25.04.-01.05. ATP 250 – BMW Open Munich
25.04.-01.05. ATP 250 – TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open Istanbul
01.05.-08.05. ATP 1000 – Mutua Madrid Open Madrid
15.05.-22.05. ATP 250 – Geneva Open Geneva
22.05.-05.06. Grandslam – Roland Garros Paris
06.06.-12.06. ATP 250 – Mercedes Cup Stuttgart
13.06.-19.06. ATP 500 – Aegon Championships London
13.06.-19.06. ATP 500 – Gerry Weber Open Halle
20.06.-26.06. ATP 250 – Aegon Open Nottingham Nottingham
27.06.-10.07. Grandslam – Wimbledon London
11.07.-17.07. ATP 250 – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport
11.07.-17.07. ATP 250 – SkiStar Swedish Open Bastad
11.07.-17.07. ATP 500 – German Tennis Championships 2016 Hamburg
18.07.-24.07. ATP 250 – Swiss Open Gstaad Gstaad
18.07.-24.07. ATP 250 – Konzum Croatia Open Umag Umag
18.07.-24.07. ATP 500 – Citi Open Washington D.C.
18.07.-24.07. ATP 250 – Generali Open Kitzbühel
25.07.-31.07. ATP 1000 – Rogers Cup Toronto
01.08.-07.08. ATP 250 – BB&T Atlanta Open Atlanta
08.08.-14.08. ATP 250 – Abierto Mexicano Los Cabos Los Cabos
15.08.-21.08. ATP 1000 – Western & Southern Open Cincinnati
22.08.-28.08. ATP 250 – Winston-Salem Open Winston-Salem
29.08.-11.09. Grandslam – US Open New York
19.09.-25.09. ATP 250 – Moselle Open Metz
19.09.-25.09. ATP 250 – St. Petersburg Open St. Petersburg
26.09.-02.10. ATP 250 – Shenzhen Open Shenzhen
26.09.-02.10. ATP 250 – Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur
03.10.-09.10. ATP 500 – China Open Beijing
03.10.-09.10. ATP 500 – Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Tokyo
10.10.-16.10. ATP 1000 – Shanghai Rolex Masters Shanghai
17.10.-23.10. ATP 250 – Kremlin Cup Moscow
17.10.-23.10. ATP 250 – If Stockholm Open Stockholm
17.10.-23.10. ATP 500 – Valencia Open Valencia
24.10.-30.10. ATP 500 – Swiss Indoors Basel Basel
24.10.-30.10. ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open Vienna
31.10.-06.11. ATP 1000 – BNP Paribas Masters Paris
14.11.-20.11. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals London

Grand Slams

The Grand Slams pull the ATP Tour into its biggest focus. There are four Grand Slams on the calendar year, starting with the very early Australian Open which begins in mid-January. Then comes the middle of the year when you get the tough grind of entering the clay court swing of the season and a short burst on the grass. The summer is crammed with the French Open at Roland Garros and then Wimbledon in London. To then round off the Grand Slam season one of the big climaxes to the season as it draws close to an end is the US Open from Flushing Meadows in New York.

These of course are the elite tournaments in the sport, where the real glory can be landed and this is where you see the cream really rise to the top. It takes something special to land a Grand Slam title because of the matches being played over five sets and a bigger draw than will be seen at any regular season tournament. So therefore it takes that extra enduring qualities beyond just sheer stamina to be the last man standing at the end of a Grand Slam, because it is a massive mental battle too.

Roger Federer holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles ever won, with a total of 17 entering into the 2016 season. Rafael Nadal is joint level with Pete Sampras on 14, with Novak Djokovic closing in with 10. You can already take an ante-post price on Novak Djokovic winning all of the individual Grand Slams this season and it looks as if it is going to be really hard for anyone to stop his supreme dominance in the game.

2016 Grand Slam Start Dates

Australian Open – January 18th
French Open – May 22nd
Wimbledon – June 27th
US Open – August 29th

ATP World Tour Masters 1000

The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events are the most important ranking events on the Tour behind the Grand Slams. There are nine World Tour Masters 1000 events across these season and these offer huge prize monies as well as prestige. These are also bigger tournaments as well with more players entering the fray, so it’s a stop gap between regular season events and the Grand Slams.

Aside from one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Asia (the Shanghai Rolex Masters) the other eight are split evenly between North America and Europe. There are more ranking points on offer at World Tour Masters events than there are other regular season events and while the finals used to be contested over five sets, they were dialled back in 2007 to the best of three. As a note, Novak Djokovic holds the record for the highest number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles won in one year and that is six, earned in a remarkable 2014 season.

ATP World Tour 500 and 250 Events

Aside from the Grand Slam and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 action there are thirteen ATP 500 and thirty-seven ATP 250 events. You will usually find at least one of those running across each week of the season (unless it is Grand Slam or ATP World Tour MAsters 1000 times). The 500 and the 250 refers to the ranking points on offer in the event for the winner.

British ATP Tennis Interest

There is more to British tennis than Andy Murray but of course he takes centre stage will all of achievements in the game. Murray is a Grand Slam champion, the first to bring home the bacon since Fred Perry in the 1930’s. The British number one has won multiple ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events as well and started 2016 ranked second in the World. He was also part of the 2015 Davis Cup side for Great Britain, which did wonders for bringing other British players into the spotlight.

Slovenian-born Aljaz Bedene is now British number 2, the 26 year old starting the year at number 45 in the World Rankings. British stalwarts James Ward and Dan Evans are in the 100’s in the World Rankings, but just outside is the promising youngster Kyle Edmund, the twenty year old just outside of the top 100 at the start of the year. Liam Broady is also a noted star for the future and you are going to be able to track the likes of Ward, Edmund and Broady in qualifiers and the lower-tiered ATP tournaments because of their rankings. Wimbledon is the best time of the season to see the extra attention put on the home-grown talent.

Davis Cup

Along with their regular season event, there is is the Davis Cup running as well against in 2106 and it won’t have passed by many people’s attention last year. That is because Andy Murray dedicates his time to the international competition to help fire Great Britain to the title. That was their first title since 1936 in the competition with Murray playing alongside Kyle Edmund and brother Jamie Murray in the final against Belgium, Great Britain winning 3-1. Great Britain’s Davis Cup title defence starts in early March 2016.

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19th January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

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The sporting calendar has barely wiped its feet and crossed the threshold of the new year, but already it is time to look ahead to one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. It is tennis Grand Slam time as the 2016 Australian Open starts on January 18th. It a massive early challenge in the new season with not a lot of time for players to get back to full match sharpness after the winter break. But that is one of the great challenges of the Australian Open.

This season it is Novak Djokovic who is back to defend the title on the Men’s’ side of the draw with the usual fellow big-guns all in attendance. Djokovic regained his dominance on the blue courts of Melbourne at the start of February last year by beating Andy Murray in the final. That was Djokovic’s fourth Australian Open title, the fifth of his career. Can anyone stop the Serbian?

Australian Open 2016 Men - Infographics

ATP 2016 Australian Open Favourite

So naturally it is Novak Djokovic who will march into Melbourne Park as favourite. It was a staggeringly brilliant season from him last season and is justifiably the 11/8 outright favourite at online betting site Bet365 for the 2016 Australian Open. It is five titles under his belt now in his career and three of those Australian Open Grand Slam titles have come against Andy Murray in the final, arguably his closest contender for the title.

So really it is one of those situations where it is Djokovic’s title to lose. He is the only player to have won the Australian Open five times (from five finals) in the open era as well as the only one to win it three seasons on the trot. He didn’t drop as set until the semi finals when he met Stan Wawrinka in an epic five-set tussle last year. He then dropped just one against Murray in the final, so just three sets he gave up in the 2015 edition. It’s tough to beat that.

ATP 2016 Australian Open Main Contenders

Andy Murray 4/1
Four Australian Open Finals, no titles

The fact that Andy Murray hasn’t gotten his hands on the Australian Open title, largely because of Djokovic, just makes you want to throw more weight behind backing Djokovic. Murray is the best hard court player out of the main challengers to Djokovic’s supremacy but he hasn’t been able to go that one step further in Melbourne Park and pick up the title. Murray hasn’t fallen short of the quarter finals in the last five editions of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer 6/1
Five Australian Open Finals, Three titles

The evergreen Federer is back for another season. The maestro can of course boast being a former Australian Open champion. He won back to back in 2006 and 2007 and then had to wait to 2010 to get his hands on this third Australian Open title when he took down Andy Murray in the final. That’s it for Federer who hasn’t been back to the final since then. He had a major blow-out in the third round last year and that snapped a streak of eleven years of finishing no worse than the semi final stage. Immense record nonetheless, does he have the legs?

Stan Wawrinka 16/1
One Australian Open Final, One Title

Well, like Djokovic, Wawrinka has a 100% strike rate in Australian Open finals. However, that’s because he’s only been to one, which he won in 2014 over Rafael Nadal. He proved it wasn’t a flash in the pan by winning the French Open last year for his second Grand Slam career title. It’s good that Wawrinka is around to mix things up among the big four, because he is such an unpredictable wild card that you don’t know what’s going to happen with him. He was heavy underdog in last season’s French Open final against Novak Djokovic, but Wawrinka just went for bust, tried everything in the book and literally went balls to the wall without holding anything back. It was one of the greatest, bravest final appearances that has been seen in the open era. Underestimated and unpredictable as he’s prone to throw out a stinker here and there.

Kei Nishikori 18/1
No Australian Open Finals

There was a solid quarter final appearance from Nishikori last season but he couldn’t get past Stan Wawrinka. He just doesn’t have the proven track record at Grand Slam to be any shorter priced than this. His best ever Grand Slam effort was as losing finalist in the 2014 US Open. He didn’t get past the quarter finals of a Slam last year. Unlikely to go all the way.

Rafael Nadal 20/1
Three Australian Open Finals, One Title

The enigma that is Nadal. The Spaniard is a former Australian Open winner, claiming the title back in 2009. It’s no secret that he has been bothered by injuries and setbacks over the last year or so, so you don’t really know what Nadal you are going to get. But the rub of things is then, even when he was on top of his game he struggled to put the title in the bag. That suggest of course that it is unlikely to do it while he is still searching to get back to some kind of peak in the game. Will carry more of a threat at the French Open of course.

Stats to consider for 2016 Australian Open betting

There were some interesting trends from the latter stages of the 2015 Australian Open that you could use to move forward with into 2016 Australian open tennis betting. All four of the quarter finals last year were settled in three straight sets (Djokovic, Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray). Then the two semi finals and the final itself all went over three sets.

The last three Australian Open Finals themselves have been settled in four sets. Four of Djokovic’s five finals at the Australian Open have been over four sets, the other one a straight sets victory over Andy Murray. Only two of the last eleven Australian Open Finals have gone to five sets, so it’s not that much of a common occurrence.

Between last year’s finalists, Murray and Djokovic, they dropped just four sets between them on the way to the final itself. So it is worth backing the outright market leaders to come through their first four matches by a 3-0 set scoreline more often than not. Just to further press that point home, losing semi finalist Stan Wawrinka dropped just one set en route to the semi finals while the other losing semi finalist Tomas Berdych didn’t drop one in getting there.

ATP 2016 Australian Open Winner Odds

Novak Djokovic 11/8, Andy Murray 4/1, Roger Federer 6/1, Stan Wawrinka 16/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Rafael Nadal 20/1, Milos Raonic 33/1, Main Cilic 33/1, Tomas Berdych 33/1, 40/1 bar

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2nd January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting


It is the ATP World Tour Finals starting on Sunday from the O2 in London and Novak Djokovic is looking to make it three titles in a row at the event and he goes off as strong 1/2 odds on favourite with online betting site Unibet.

Djokovic and Andy Murray have been kept apart in the draw for the pool stage so there is a big possibility of a Djokovic/Murray final which is trading at a price of 7/1. While Novak Djokovic does have to go against Roger Federer in Group A that’s not necessarily a great thing for Murray because it means that the Scot will likely have to face one of those two in a tough semi final.

Federer has taken a fair bit of fancy to be the one to upset Djokovic’s dominance because Murray has been focusing on clay court practice ahead of Great Britain’s Davis Cup Final against Belgium later this month. Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer join Murray in Group B while Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori makes up the round-robin numbers with Djokovic and Federer in Group A. Online betting site Unibet have rolled out an ATP World Tour Finals promotion for their customers.

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15th November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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The final line-up is set for the ATP World Tour Finals to be contested again in London at the O2 Arena. Once again it will be a star-studded tournament with all to the world’s top eight taking part at the event. It is the final tournament of the calendar year before players go off to get some winter rest and preparations ahead of an early January 2016 season start. Novak Djokovic has dominated the tournament in the last few years and the World Number One looks primed to win again.

Djokovic just became the first man ever to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in a single season after beating out Andy Murray in Paris recently. That put the Serbian at 27-4 against top ten opponents this year as he collected his 26th Masters 1000 title of his career. Little surprise that Djokovic then goes as 4/7 favourite in the 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals edition.

Going into the 2015 edition of the ATP World Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic takes a 78-5 match record for the season with them, with Andy Murray second at 68-12 then Roger Federer 59/10. Djokovic carries a career head to head lead over all the other contestants in this year’s final, except for against Roger Federer where the head to head is 21-21.

ATP Finals 2015 Infographic

2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Outright Winner Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/7, Roger Federer 4/1, Andy Murray 10/1, Stan Wawrinka 12/1, Rafael Nadal 14/1, Kei Nishikori 25/1, Tomas Berdych 25/1, David Ferrer 50/1

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Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Event Details

The finals were first contested all the way back in 1970 when it was hosted in Tokyo. It wasn’t until 20 years later that the ATP took over the tournament and basing qualification for the event of world ranking points. Qualification for the event has changed over the year and in 2009 the tournament was reconfigured and renamed to become the ATP World Tour Finals as we all know it to be today.

The O2 in London was booked to host the tournament to run for the first five years of the event, but the tournament was so popular and that it was extended for another two years in England’s capital. Being a highly regarded tournament, because only good performances in the top events across the course of the regular season gets a player into one of the eight spots at the finals, it is an extremely prestigious title to win.

Both a singles competition and a doubles competition run side by side, now, whereas they used to be played over separate weeks. The tournament is an indoors event and the most famous and most important one on the tennis calendar year.

Draw Format

The format of the ATP World Tour Finals is a round-robin first stage with the eight players split over two groups of four. Each player faces the others in their group once and the top two from each group goes through to the semifinals which are a straight knock-out.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Event History and Previous Winners

Some big names have gotten their hands on the title (in its different formats of the Masters Grand Prix, the ATP Tour World Championships, Tennis Masters Cup and now the ATP World Tour Finals). The very first editions was won by American Stan Smith in 1970, beating out Australian legend Rod Laver in the final. Smith reached the final in the next two years but lost out on both occasions to Illie Nastase, the Romanian great claiming the title four times during his illustrious career.

John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Ivan Lendl dominated things between 1978 and 1987 when the event was held in New York. McEnroe claimed the title three times, Borg twice and Ivan Lendl five times during a ten-year spell, a fantastically competitive era of men’s tennis. Then Boris Becker broke on the scene and won the first of his three titles after having lost two finals to Lendl previously in the mid-eighties.

When the tournament switched to the ATP Tour World Championship in the nineties, it was a continuous battle pretty much between Pete Sampras and Boris Becker. Sampras picked up the title five times between 1991 and 1999, with Becker getting in on the action twice. Then in 2003 when the event was known as the Tennis Masters Cup, for the first time in his career Roger Federer landed the title, beating Andre Agassi in straight sets. The Swiss legend would go on to claim the title six times in total between 2003 and 2011 making him the most successful player ever at the event.

Reaching the current standing in the ATP World Tour finals, it is Novak Djokovic who is command of everything. The Serbian won the title for the first time in 2008 and then claimed it three times in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, putting him second on the list of most titles with Ilie Nastase, with only Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Federer ahead of him.

Records and Stats

Roger Federer holds the most wins at the event (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) and reached the final on three other occasion. In the doubles event, John McEnroe and fellow American Peter Fleming hold the record for the most titles, having won it seven times together. The famed American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are currently sat on four ATP World Tour Finals Doubles titles.

Roger Federer has shown up in the most finals (9) while Ivan Lendl holds the record for the most consecutive ATP World Tour Finals appearances, getting there nine times in a  row remarkably between 1980 and 1988. Roger Federer’s appearance in 2015 makes him the player with the most appearances in the tournament while Federer is one of nine players to have won the tournament undefeated. Both he and Lendl won five of their ATP World Tour Finals titles undefeated.

Popular Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Betting Markets

There’re plenty of great matches to come and, of course, your ATP World Tour Finals 2015 betting starts with the outright market. For anyone to cause Djokovic an upset, you are going to be paid out handsomely with odds. The player who can avoid the Serbian in the semi-final stage will, therefore, have the best shot at taking him down. That just leaves Roger Federer and Andy Murray as genuine title contenders behind the world number one.

Live in-play betting at Bet365 will throw forth plenty of exciting live markets where you can have a wager on sets, points, services, match outcomes and more. That is the most dynamic way to follow betting on the ATP World Tour Finals 2015 and don’t miss out on alternative pre-match markets like Total Sets, Set Betting and Games Handicap wagers.

9th November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Tennis Betting

It is the final change for some big honours during the regular season on the ATP Tour. It is the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season and this time around there is only the famous title up for grabs, as there are no places left to be earned at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as well. Novak Djokovic,Andy Murray, six-time former winner Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori have all qualified for the 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Novak Djokovic, who has now spent the 5th highest amount of weeks during his career as World Number One is favourite for the Paris title. That’s not too surprising giving that he has won the last two editions of the event and three times in his career. He simply hasn’t stopped winning recently, having claimed the title in each of his last three events entered (UP Open, China Open and the Shanghai Rolex Masters) having beaten Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray respectively on the way to those respective titles.

There’s no touching him at the moment and Djokovic is 4/6 to win the event for the third time on the bounce. Roger Federer, who beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Swiss Indoors on the weekend over three sets goes as second-favourite at a price of 7/1. Murray made a run to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Master where he was demolished by Novak Djokovic.

This is a tough part of the season for Murray as he seems intent on worrying about the Davis Cup Final for Great Britain at the end of the month on clay. That means that he is probably not 100% focused on the hard courts right now. He is on the opposite side of the draw to Djokovic though and therefore could meet Federer at the semi final stage.

BNP Paris Masters Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 4/6, Roger Federer 7/1, Andy Murray 14/1, Stan Wawrinka 14/1, Rafael Nadal 18/1, Kei Nishikori 20/1, Tomas Berdych 33/1, 50/1 bar

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2nd November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting


Unibet have a brilliant US Open Tennis betting promotion up for grabs, as they are giving out free bets! Yes, that’s right, the action from Flushing Meadows starts in earnest on Monday and the big guns will be scrapping it out for success in the final slam of the season. Serena Williams is heavy favorite to sweep the board in the women’s draw while Novak Djokovic’s little slump has brought Andy Murray and Roger Federer firmly back into the minds of punters in the men’s draw.

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They are also running some money back insurance on the outright winner market for the men’s draw. Novak Djokovic is 11/10 favourite, with Roger Federer and Andy Murray sat at 4/1 behind. If Roger Federer, who recently won in Cincinnati wins his record sixth US Open crown then Unibet will refund all losing stakes on the men’s outright!

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29th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Tennis Betting

The US Open, the fourth and final tennis Grand Slam of the season has been made just a little bit more interesting now that Novak Djokovic has lost the final of the last two ATP World Tour Masters 1000, going down against Andy Murray in the Rogers Cup and then Roger Federer in Cincinnati. So a little bit of vulnerability there from the World Number One Which will give tennis punters a bit of hope of cashing in on some value in US Open 2015 tennis betting.

It is a big three at the moment in the game, with Rafael Nadal nowhere near Grand Slam winning form at the moment. So that leaves a big three way battle between Djokovic, Murray and Federer but that was supposed to have been the story last season but 100/1 pre-tournament shot Marin Cilic came through to land the title against Kei Nishikori. No, not one one of the big guns made it to the final which was a shocker.

Novak Djokovic – 5/4

You still really can’t argue with the form of Novak Djokovic at the moment. It’s pretty immense because of the last ten tournaments which he has entered, he has made it through to the final of each of them. He was unstoppable over the course of most of the season but including his French Open final defeat against Stan Wawrinka, he has lost three of his last four finals. That’s unheard of from Djokovic and he hasn’t won the US Open since 2011. Not quite at his best right now, but should still be a lock for the final four.

Roger Federer – 5/1

Federer was brilliant last week in Cincinnati. Along with getting the better of Novak Djokovic in the final, the Swiss legend went through the entire tournament without dropping a single set. He can still produce at the highest level as he went past Murray in the semi finals in Cinci too. Belief in another Grand Slam will have been revived by a place in the final of Wimbledon recently. He has been in the final of his last three hard court events and of course is a five time US Open champion.

Andy Murray – 7/2

Murray has been in great nick on the North American hard court swing of the season and should be carrying a lot of confidence through to Flushing Meadows. You never quite know with Murray though and that straight set defeat against Federer in the Cincinnati semi finals may have dented a bit of his confidence after having ended an eight match losing streak against Djokovic in the final of Montreal just the weekend before. Murray has only been in eh final of one Grand Slam since winning Wimbledon 2013 though but has been to at least the semi’s in each of this season’s three slams.

Given Cilic’s win at Flushing Meadows last season where Murray lost out in the quarters and then both Djokovic and Federer bombed in the semi’s it it worth having a look at long priced options as an each way threat in US Open 2015 tennis betting. Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka are the leading contenders at 14/1 and 12/1 respectively with Bet365.

Nishikori who has had a decent month of build up to the tournament is far more likely to get close to reaching the final again that Cilic is, while Wawrinka should be a solid quarter finalists although he was hammered by Djokovic last week. Are we forgetting Rafael Nadal? No. Not forgetting, dismissing. He was pushed out of Cincinnati early and was beaten by Nishikori in Montreal in the last fortnight. Not likely to get close.

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25th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Tennis Betting

Sports Betting

Andy Murray’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup on the weekend finally added a bit of a drama to the season. Djokovic has pretty much dominated the entire season, winning both Wimbledon and the Australian Open as well as four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. So it was a big upset that he fell against Andy Murray in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, especially as that was the first time since the 2013 final in Montreal against Murray that Djokovic had suffered a loss against the Brit.

So it shakes up betting on the US Open a little bit, but of course nothing drastically. This is the part of the season where Andy Murray should start coming into his own more and more and start to look stronger and stronger. It was a pretty strong start from him and now he has been moved in to a quote of 3/1 with online betting site Bet Victor to win the 2015 US Open title.

it was against Djokovic that Murray won the 2012 US Open Final, the first Grand Slam title of his career. But Murray hasn’t touched a Grand Slam title since winning Wimbledon 2013, a run of eight title-less Grand Slam appearances and just one appearance in the final of one (the 2015 Australian Open). But the win in Montreal has to have done something grand for his confidence and belief that maybe Novak Djokovic (6/5 favourite to win the US Open) isn’t so infallible as he seems.

Men’s US Open 2015 Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 6/5, Andy Murray 3/1, Roger Federer 7/1, Stan Wawrinka 12/1, Rafael Nadal 12/1, Kei Nishikori 12/1, Marin Cilic 25/1, 33/1 bar

Of course, Djokovic, the world number one is still the one to beat, despite having won the title only once as well. That was back in 2011 and including that win for the Serbian, there has been a different winner in each of the last four editions of the US Open (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Cilic). So that does hint at there being the chance of upsets in this one, although Djokovic has been to the final on four of the last five editions of the event (W1 L3). Roger Federer is a 7/1 quote to land the title, with Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori all around the 12/1 mark, with reigning Champion Marin Cilic at 25/1.

Serena Williams, despite her upset against Belinda Benic in the Rogers Cup recently is the one to beat in the women’s draw. No surprise there. She is a six-time US Open Champion over her long career and needs one more to pull clear of Chris Evert’s six titles as well. Williams has won the last three editions of the US Open and has been in the final in five of the last eight editions. With the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon in her pocket, she currently holds all four Grand Slam titles and is looking to complete a clean sweep of every major in 2015.

Women’s US Open 2015 Betting Odds

Serena Williams 6/5, Victoria Azarenka 7/1, Maria Sharapova 9/1, Simona Help 14/1, Belinda Bencic 20/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Garbine Muguruza 25/1, Caroline Wozniacki 25/1, 33/1 bar

Hard to find a genuine opposed to Williams. Victoria Azarenka has lost two of the last three finals against Williams and is a 7/1 quote to get her hands on the title at Flushing Meadows, with Maria Sharapova at 9/1. Simona Halep could have a lot of appeal being such a strong hard court player and she goes as big 14/1 each way value in US Open 2015 betting.

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18th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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