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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

Rafael Nadal (Spain)

He is the master. The clay court specialist. The king of Roland Garros. Eight time French Open winner Rafael Nadal is back to defend his title once more on the clay of Paris, and despite Novak Djokovic looking as if he is coming into ripe form, Nadal is managing to hold on to favouritism in the French Open outright market at a price of 6/4. The 2013 final saw Rafael Nadal take down his compatriot David Ferrer in straight sets, and the title came as part of his incredible comeback season after a long spell out with injury.

There were question marks over his fitness and match sharpness heading into the event last year, but that didn’t stop the great man. Over the past nine editions of the French Open, Nadal has only failed to capture the title once, suffering his only loss in a 59-1 match record at the French Open in defeat against Robin Soderling in the fourth round. But with four French Open titles on the bounce since then, can he pick up his ninth title?

His record clearly speaks for itself, but he has found the challenge of Novak Djokovic getting closer to him this season. The two big guns met in the final of Rome on Clay in the ATP Masters 1000 event, and it was Djokovic who took a three set win, after the Spaniard had taken the first set. Nadal also went up against Djokovic in the final of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami and lost there as well (on hard court though). Nadal also surprisingly lost the final of the Australian Open to Stanislas Wawrinka.

At this time of the season no-one can usually touch Nadal, as he pretty much makes a clean sweep of the clay court swing of the season. It hasn’t happened in 2014 though, his only clay trophy coming in the final of Madrid when opponent Kei Nishikori retired in the third set. So there is a big likelihood of a Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic showdown in the final. It was that line up in the French Open 2012 final, Nadal winning in four sets.

You know that Federer isn’t going to give up his French Open crown easily, and he will also know that with a win in the final for Djokovic, Nadal would concede the world number one ranking spot to the Serbian as well. So there are two things that he will be defending at Roland Garros. You can never count out the great one, the one who has made the Roland Garros tournament his own pretty much. He will take the defeats against Djokovic this season in his stride and look to improve his own game plan, should the current top two in the world meet again in the final.


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

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Your ATP Tennis betting heads on to Italy this week, with the Rome tournament, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. This is a clay tournament, again building up to the 2014 French Open. Novak Djokovic is back out for the first time since his semi final loss in Monte Carlo against Roger Federer. The Serbian is looking for a Rome Treble after winning the tournament in 2008 and 2011. Djokovic has two titles to his name this season at Indian Wells and Miami. But then the transition to clay came and he lost out in Monte Carlo to Federer.

Still, Djokovic, given his history at the tournament is up as 11/4 second favourite at online betting site Sportingbet. He concedes favoritism to Rafael Nadal who got back to winning ways over the weekend. Nadal faced Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the final of the Madrid Masters and while he looked baffled at times by the Japanese player’s game plan, Nadal was getting up a head of steam when his opponent retired. That was Nadal’s first clay title this season after falling short at the quarter final stage in both Barcelona and Monte Carlo.

Nadal has won the Rome title before, seven times in fact and he is back as the reigning champion. In last year’s final, Nadal breezed his way past old rival Roger Federer. Federer, who missed Madrid last week after becoming a father again, is back in action. This is a title which has eluded him before, having failed on each of his three appearances in the final of the event. Federer’s compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka , who won Monte Carlo, will be looking for a big bounce back after losing his opening match in Match last week against world number 70 Dominic Thiem. Wawrinka’s best run in Rome was reaching the final in 2008.

Andy Murray is also in the field, but raising little interest after failing to make any kind of a mark in Madrid, he himself admitting that his performances simply weren’t good enough. Murray is in Rafael Nadal’s quarter, which immediately puts him on the back foot. Wawrinka is also in the top half of the draw and could be a semi final opponent for Nadal. In the bottom half of the draw, David Ferrer is carded to meet Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals, leaving Roger Federer a pretty nice, straight forward run to the semis.

ATP Rome Tennis Betting Odds at Sportingbet
Rafael Nadal 10/11, Novak Djokovic 11/4, Stanislas Wawrinka 8/1, Roger Federer 8/1, David Ferrer 12/1, Ernests Gulbis 333/1, Andy Murray 40/1, Grigor Dimitrov 40/1, Milos Raonic 66/1

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12th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Big tennis betting action this week at the ATP Mutua Madrid event. The big build up to the French Open of course is on, with another event on clay. You think clay and of course think Rafael Nadal. He is back out to defend another title this week, but the last two events this season on clay in which he has done that, haven’t gone to plan. Nadal lost in the quarter finals at Monte Carlo against David Ferrer and could only make the quarter finals in Barcelona, two events which he has simply dominated in his career. That hasn’t stopped bookmaker Unibet putting him as 4/5 favourite for this one of course. He was recently named honorary citizen of Madrid.

There’s no Novak Djokovic around, so the biggest threat could be from the in-form Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss star made it to the final here last year and after his first Masters 1000 title on clay back in Monte Carlo against Roger Federer, the 2014 Australian Open champion has to be in good spirits here. After missing Barcelona, this is his first outing since Monte Carlo. If he gets a run to the final and clashes with Nadal, then he’ll only have to look to Melbourne at the start of the year in winning his first career Grand Slam for inspiration. He’s the man of the moment.

Roger Federer is in the field and going for a fourth Madrid title, the last one coming back in 2012. He has been back on his game this season, already having reached two Masters 100 finals, although he didn’t win either showcase match at Indian Wells or Monte Carlo. Other big names in the mix this week is Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych. Spaniard Ferrer will be looking for a big performance in front of his home crowd, while Andy Murray is still looking to get his season going.

This will be Murray’s first clay court event of the season. He has been here before of course, but hasn’t gone any better than three quarter final appearances (including last year) since the tournament switched over to clay. He did win it back in 2008 when it was a hard court tournament. It is worth a poke around the draw of course, and interestingly, Nadal, Murray, Federer and Berdych are all in a pretty tough looking top half draw. All that should do is throw further weight behind the challenges coming in from Stanislas Wawrinka and to a lesser extent, David Federer. Those two will meet in a projected semi.

ATP Madrid Open Tennis Odds
Rafael Nadal 4/5, Stanislas Wawrinka 3/1, Roger Federer 7/1, David Ferrer 11/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Andy Murray 28/1, bar 33/1

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

Rafael Nadal

The ATP swings into the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters action this week, another big spectacle on the calendar year. It’s been relatively quiet since the two big ATP Masters 1000 events in March finished, and Monte Carlo is the only top tier Tour tournament in april. This one is on clay and naturally that will probably lead punters to have a look towards Rafael Nadal in the outright winner market at a price of 8/11 with Paddy Power.

Nadal has a big history at the event, having won it 8 times on the bounce. His remarkable record came to an ended last year as he lost out to Novak Djokovic in the final. Djokovic won both the BNP Paribas Open and the Sony Open ATP Masters 1000 events in March and so is trending well himself. He is trading at 13/8 in position as second favourite behind Nadal for this week’s tennis betting.

Djokovic was underdog in last season’s final, expected given Nadal’s powerful record at the tournament, but he performed the seemingly impossible in winning. The two are clear front runners at the head of the field and it is not a big stretch to see them come together in the final. Nadal is 4/11 to reach the final, with Djokovic at 4/6.

The closest mark to Nadal and Djokovic in the outright winner market is Roger Federer all the way out at 8/1 with Stanislas Wawrinka at 18/1 and clay court specialist David Ferrer at 25/1. Federer has finish runner up three times at the event, while Ferrer’s best effort at the tournament was reaching the final in 2011. Wawrinka’s best run was a semi appearance in 2009.

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14th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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There is still a big week to go in tennis betting with the big guns on the ATP Tour battling it out for the title in the Sony Open. Rafael Nadal (5/2) has this title missing from his trophy cabinet as it has always managed to elude him. Still, he is out and looking for his third title of the year and his 27th Masters 1000 level title. Nadal goes as top seed with Novak Djokovic trading as outright favourite (7/4), as he is gunning for his fourth Miami title.

Djokovic last got his hands on the title in 2012 when he beat Andy Murray to the punch. Oddly enough the Serbian is looking for just his second title of the season, after finally breaking his 2014 duck with a win at Indian Wells over Roger Federer this month.

The reigning Champion at the Sony Open is Andy Murray (14/1), who still hasn’t hit top form since his back surgery towards the end of 2013. He is splitting with coach Ivan Lendl as well, so it will be interesting to see how the Scot goes in his search for his third Miami title.

But it is Roger Federer (6/1) who has been rolling back the years this season, reaching the semi’s of the Australian Open, winning in Dubai and reaching the final of Indian Wells recently, where he lost out to Novak Djokovic. He is looking for a remarkable 79th career title and will have backers after his strong start to the year.

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22nd March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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Andy Murray has announced he has split with coach Ivan Lendl after a two-year association. The Scot was in danger of becoming the nearly man of world tennis until teaming up with the former world number one, who endured similar heartache in his early playing career. But the duo made a breakthrough at the London Olympics before Murray finally broke his Grand Slam hoodoo in the 2012 US Open. Success at last year’s Wimbledon, at which Murray ended a 77-year wait for a male British champion, was probably the high point of their partnership. The Czech has now decided he wants to pursue other projects as Murray continues his recovery from back surgery in the upcoming Sony Open, where he will be on familiar territory.

Miami is his base and he and Novak Djokovic have dominated the Sony Open, better known as the Miami Masters, in the last seven years. Defending champion Murray is still not firing on all cylinders but isn’t far away and will be keen to show he is no back-number despite dropping to sixth place in the world rankings because of his injury. The big guns don’t play until Friday at the earliest so there is still plenty of time to get a bet on the outright market and Murray is way over-priced at 18/1 with bwin given his record in the tournament. He’s in the same quarter of the draw as Djokovic (15/8 with Coral) but the Serb will do well to complete back-to-back tournament victories after his Indian Wells triumph which was completed in searing heat. Roger Federer, winner of the tournament in 2005 and 2006, is a general 6/1 but lost in the final at Indian Wells and may also suffer repercussions. David Ferrer, however, could be worth a second look. Again it’s bwin who have gone overboard putting up 50/1 against the Spaniard, who reached the final in Miami 12 months ago and is a possible semi-final opponent for either Djokovic or Murray.

Rafael Nadal seems to be suffering at the moment and will already be looking ahead to the clay court season so the top seed looks worth opposing at the 14/5 on betfair while Stan Wawrinka is 20/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James. Betway are among several bookmakers quoting Tomas Berdych at 18/1. Milos Raonic, Murray’s conqueror at Indian Wells, is a general 80/1.


19th March 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting










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