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April 14th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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March 22nd, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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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March 19th, 2014 / paul - Category:
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.
March 4th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Big field out for your tennis betting over the next fortnight, as the focus heads to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open. This is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event and all of the top players in the world are out for this one. There’s going to be some fierce action around for this famous tournament, as Novak Djokovic is still looking for his first title of the season, while Rafael Nadal will be defending his title.
It is Djokovic who is taking 8/5 favouritism in Indian Wells betting this week, at a tournament which he has won twice before. He can’t find the winning touch this season though, but he has amassed 16 ATP World Tour Masters titles in his career. He surprisingly lost out last week in the semi finals of Dubai to Roger Federer, even more surprisingly was that Djokovic had taken the first set as well, but couldn’t hold on as Federer rolled back the years and fought back.
Rafael Nadal won the Indian Wells title last year, beating Juan Martin Del Potro in three sets. The great Spaniard has won the title here three times before, and the current World Number One has played three tournaments this season, winning two and being a losing finalist in the other (the defeat coming after picking up an injury in the Australian Open final). Nadal goes off at 2/1 second favourite this week and as top seed. He looks to be big value!
Roger Federer is making his 14th appearance at Indian Wells, like Nadal, winning it three times in his career with a 42-9 record. His last win at the tournament came as recently as 2012. He showed that he still has the power and class in running to the Dubai title on the weekend, beating Djokovic in the semi’s and then Tomas Berdych in the final. You do wonder how hard it is going to be for him to back up a long week with another good run though.
Andy Murray still looks some way short of a title winning run at the moment, losing in the semi finals of Acapulco in his most recent appearance. Still lacking something in his game and clearly not at his peak. Needs a confident run though, but it will perhaps be more interesting to see how Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka goes. He has an 11-0 record for 2014 and this will be his first outing since winning the Grand Slam. The Swiss star is trading back at around 11/1 with Tomas Berdych. Last year’s losing finalist Juan Martin del Potro looks as if he may be hampered with injury issues.
ATP Indian Wells Tennis Betting Odds at Unibet
Novak Djokovic 8/5, Rafael Nadal 2/1, Roger Federer 13/2, Andy Murray 17/2, Stan Wawrinka 17/2, Tomas Berdych 11/, Jo Wilfried Tsonga 29/1, Juan Martin del Potro 39/1
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February 25th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It is off to Dubai this week for your ATP Tour tennis betting, as some of the best players in the world have headed out to the event. The star attractions are Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer this week, but the competitive field goes a little deeper than that. It is Novak Djokovic who heads up the field at a price of 4/6 with online betting site Paddy Power, as he is gunning for his fifth title here. The Serbian holds a great 28-3 tournament record and goes as the reigning champion after overcoming the challenge of Tomas Berdych in last year’s final. Surprisingly the season is rapidly heading into March and Djokovic has yet to win a title in 2014. Will it start this week?
What makes the draw a little bit tasy is that he could run into Roger Federer in the semi finals. Federer has won the Dubai title five times before, the most recent victory coming back in 2012. He has had a pretty solid season, taking the runner up spot in Brisbane and then running to the semi finals at the Australian Open. The legend may not be quite finished yet, but still in an encounter with Djokovic should it come down to it, you would back the Serbian, so Federer’s price of 5/1 to win outright could be a bit misleading.
So with Djokovic expected to win the first half, the better value could be down in the bottom half of the draw. Juan Martin Del Potro is eying up his second title of the season after winning in Sydney this season. He should be a pretty solid shot to make the semi finals here, the stage at which he has lost in Dubai on the last two visits. There’s little to challenge him in his quarter and should be strong as long as his wrist is fine.
The most likely semi final opponent for Dep Potro would be Tomas Berdych. The Czech star finally snapped a 16 month title drought with a win in Rotterdam recently, which should fill him with new confidence, especially after making the semi finals at the Australian Open. Either of those from the bottom half look to be a fantastic each way bet this week. Should be value in a shot in the Name The Finalists market if you bank on Novak Djokovic getting there. Djokovic/Berdych is 9/4 while Djokovic/Del Potro is at 5/2.
2014 ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Novak Djokovic 4/6, Roger Federer 5/1, Juan Martin Del Potro 5/1, Tomas Berdych 5/1, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 12/1, Bar 50/1
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If you are looking for more tennis betting markets this week, then there are two big guns out in at the ATP Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament. Andy Murray is 6/4 favourite, but still looking for form and his first title of the year. Spaniard David Ferrer is the man of the tournament though, with a 22-4 record here and three titles. He’s looking to make his fifth final appearance in a row at the tournament. Ferrer is 7/2 with Ernests Gulbis 6/1, Grigor Dimitrov 11/1, John isner 16/1 and bar 20/1.
January 5th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2014 Australian Open Tennis Betting Info
The first Grand Slam of the tennis year, the 2014 Australian Open, will hit Melbourne Park, Australia in mid January, running from the 13th to the 26th. It will, once again be a great test of player’s early form after coming off their winter breaks. Who can get into their stride the quickest out of the blocks? Both the men’s and women’s draws saw title defences from Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka respectively in early 2013. Will there be an upset on the blue Melbourne courts this time around, or are you realistically looking at a very small field for your betting options?
Latest 2014 Australian Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Serena Williams 10/11, Victoria Azarenka 10/3, Maria Sharapova 8/1, Li Na 10/1, Petra Kvitova 20/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 25/1, Simona Halep 28/1, Sloane Stephens 33/1, Angelique Kerber 40/1, Sam Stosur 40/1
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Latest 2014 Australian Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Novak Djokovic Even Money, Rafael Nadal 2/1, Andy Murray 9/2, Juan Martin del Potro 12/1, Roger Federer 12/1, Jo Wilfried Tsonga 40/1
2014 Australian Open Tennis Betting Favourites
In the women’s draw, Serena Williams is 10/11 favourite with Bet365 to land the Australian Open crown. The American missed out last year when she crashed to a shock quarter final defeat against fellow countrywoman Sloane Stephens. Still, after the season she rattled off, taking a massive title haul which included two Grand Slams, she will be favourite as she goes for her sixth Australian Open Crown (the last coming in 2010). Just to put the threat of Williams into context, you can take odds of 7/8 on her in a Serena v The Field wager.
In the men’s draw, Novak Djokovic is gunning for his fourth Australian Open title in a row (fifth of his career). The Serbian seems to have a firm grip on this one, and only one other player, Rafael Nadal, is likely to prevent him from achieving it. Djokovic already has a great affinity with the competition and you can just see him finding his feet in the season more quickly than anyone else as it is. Even when not at his best, his defence is hard to crack and from the get go, the likelihood of Nadal v Djokovic final is pretty high and worth having a punt on before the action starts. Two justifiable favourites for your 2014 Australian Open Tennis betting.
2014 Australian Open Tennis Betting Tips:
So a look at the main challengers. The women’s draw is far more competitive to be truthful than the men’s. Two-time winner Victoria Azarenka should be knocking around the final four you would imagine without too much concerns. She should have ran into Serena Williams deep into last year’s tournament, but the shock exit of Williams handed a smooth path back to the final for Vika. Azarenka and Williams faced off in the final of Brisbane during the first week of January. That could be an ominous sign for the rest of the competition trying to sand up to Williams.
It could make Azarenka a decent each way bet, the aggression that she plays with should get her close again to a title defence. 2008 Australian Open winner Maria Sharapova was also stopped by Serena Williams in Brisbane, the Russian losing out in the semi finals, just not being able to live with the power that Williams was laying down. More indications that there is justifiable favouritism on Williams. Still, Sharapova, like Azarenka, should be a firm bet to reach the final four. Beyond that, you are looking at the likes of Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber to deliver.
So while Serena Williams really looks as if she has Azarenka and Sharapova to concern herself with, it’s even less for Novak Djokovic. A lot of eyes will be on Rafael Nadal after his phenomenal season in 2013 following a long layoff after injury. Nadal has only ever won the Australian open title once before (back in 2009) and has been to just one other final there, losing that epic 2012 showdown against Novak Djokovic. So you certainly can’t stand Nadal’s record at the event up to that of Djokovic, and you can see why, even with Nadal’s supremacy last year during the ATP season, Djokovic will serve as favourite for a lot of punters in 2014 Australian Open betting.
Still, that’s not to dismiss the chances of Nadal because he really looks to be the only one who can consistently stand toe to toe with Djokovic. But what of Andy Murray? He looks something of an outside shot here in a two horse race. Had back surgery last September and although he has been working hard to get back to fitness, tough to see him really making a big enough impact. When he was fit and raring to go, he got stopped twice by Djokovic twice in the big Melbourne finals and you wouldn’t bank on Murray against either Nadal or Djokovic, realistically. A Djokovic/Nadal Forecast or Name The Finalists bet could be good ante post calls for your ante post Australian Open tennis betting.
2014 Australian Open Dark Horses
Extremely tough to pick a dark horse from the men’s draw because there’s no-one likely to stop either of Murray, Nadal and Djokovic winning at all. The man most likely to muscle his way to the final four say alongside Murray, Nadal and Djokovic is Juan Martin del Potro. It’ll be interesting to see how much better the Argentine goes this season. That’s probably the best look there, and over in the women’s draw it is tough to pick a dark horse because there are many genuine ones. The most likely with Grand Slam winning credentials is Jelena Jankovic, who took on a whole new lease of life last term. Again though, if none of Williams, Azarenka & Sharapova win, it will be a shock.
December 19th, 2013 / paul - Category:
Novak Djokovic has appointed six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker as his new head coach as he chases more success in 2014. The Serb is currently the world number two behind Rafael Nadal but will be pushing hard to get back to the top of the tree next year. He is a best 11/13 with bwin, Unibet and 888sport to end 2014 as world number one with Nadal priced up at 7/4 with Unibet and 888sport. Djokovic already has six Grand Slam victories to his name and is hoping that the knowledge and experience of Becker will help him add to that tally in the coming months in much the same way that Ivan Lendl has improved Andy Murray‘s game. Becker will be working alongside Marian Vajda, Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch in Djokovic’s corner.
A fourth straight win in the Australian Open in Melbourne next month is the new team’s first target with the Serb a best 6/4 with Boylesports. Nadal can be backed at 5/2 with Boylesports and Ladbrokes with Roger Federer at 20/1 with Boylesports and Coral and Juan Martin del Potro at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
Andy Murray is 12/1 with Betfred and bwin to be the world number one at the end of next year and is expected to be back in competitive action next month prior to tackling the Australian Open in which he’s three times finished runner-up. The Scot underwent minor back surgery in an attempt to correct a long-standing problem and started light training again a couple of weeks ago. The new BBC Sports Personality of the Year is optimistic that the problem has been solved but it will take him a while to hit top form again and Melbourne may be too soon. Murray is 7/1 to come out on top at Melbourne with bwin.
Skybet have opened a book surrounding next year’s Grand Slams in general but don’t think that any one player will dominate in 2014. It is 4/7 that no individual will win three Grand Slams and you can have 4/5 that del Potro or Tomas Berdych reaches a Grand Slam final, though it is only 8/11 that the titles are shared out between Djokovic, Nadal and Murray.
October 7th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters Tennis Betting Info
It is likely to be another big Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal showdown this week in China for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. The two heavyweights are set to light up the field again after last week’s China Open. The two clashed in the final then, but there are a couple more big names joining this week’s field with Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer stepping back on to the court.
Latest ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Novak Djokovic 11/10, Rafael Nadal 6/4, Juan Martin del Potro 12/1, Roger Federer 12/1, Tomas Berdych 22/1, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 25/1, David Ferrer 33/1
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ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters Tennis Betting Favourite
Although losing his world number one spot to Rafael Nadal last week, Novak Djokovic goes as favourite this week. Only narrowly though of course but his confidence will have received a massive boost after finally getting his hands on another trophy and getting the better of Nadal. Heading to the China Open last week, it had been seven tournaments since we’d seen Djokovic lift a title, but he took down Rafael Nadal in the final, which puts him in great stead for another big run this week. Djokovic is the defending champion as well, after saving five match points against Andy Murray last year to come back and win. The Serbian is looking for his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the season. Goes up against Federer in his quarter of the draw, but wouldn’t look beyond Djokovic who is 11/10 in the outright winner market.
ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters Tennis Betting Tips:
Breathing down the neck of Djokovic again should be Rafael Nadal, who is on for a bit more history this season. If he takes the title this week he would become the first man to ever win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in a single year. Nadal has posted a 29-1 match record in Masters 1000 events this season but he is gunning for his first ever Shanghai Rolex Masters title. In reaching the final of the China Open last week, Nadal returned to world number one after picking up ten titles this year and reaching 13 finals in 14 tournaments. Dominant. His best ever finish here was reaching the final in 2009 where he lost to Nikolay Davydenko. It should be a natural straight choice, a 50/50 shot between him and Djokovic.
Roger Federer returns for the first time since the US Open and he needs some points in order to try and reach the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the end of the season in London. It hasn’t been a successful year for the great and like Nadal, this is a tournament which he hasn’t managed to win before either, his best effort came in reaching the final in 2010. Tough draw though, would likely have to go through Djokovic and Nadal to get the title. Unlikely and is back at 4/1 to win the quarter behind Djokovic, which says a great deal about his chances.
The biggest threat down in the second half of the draw is likely to be Juan Martin del Potro or Tomas Berdych. They head up a competitive third quarter of the draw, where Argentinian Del Potro is Even money to win the quarter, with Berdych at 9/4. Del Potro has only played one match at this tournament before, losing it obviously. Berdych reached the semi finals in 2012 so may have a little more standing. The Czech showed enough in reaching the semi finals last week in Beijing, where he had to retire in the semi’s against Nadal while down in the first set. Since a second round disappointment at the US Open, Del Potro landed a title in Tokyo and in his last ATP World TOur Masters 1000 event, he reached the semi’s. Those two are the best outside shots in the field, but Nadal still stands in the way of both of them.
October 1st, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
ATP Beijing Tennis Betting Info
Some big guns are out this week at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center for the ATP World Tour 500 event. Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are in action this week and they will be heading up favouritism in the market. Other players in the field are still looking for valuable points in the Emirates ATP Race to London.
Latest ATP Beijing Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Rafael Nadal Evens, Novak Djokovic 5.4, Tomas Berdych 12/1, Stanislas Wawrinka 22/1, David Ferrer 25/1, Richard Gasquet 25/1, John Isner 33/1
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ATP Beijing Tennis Betting Favourite
It is Rafael Nadal who goes off as favourite this week. Not too surprisingly really given his immense form this season and in beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open. Nadal has been a winner of the China Open before, taking the title back in 2005. But there is something even bigger at stake for Nadal this week, not that he needs much more motivation. If he gets to the final in Beijing, then for the first time since the middle of 2011, he will be guaranteed the World Number One ranking. What a return that would be after missing the start of this season and being so far behind current number one Novak Djokovic. Nadal goes as second seed, on the opposite side of the draw to Djokovic. Little to stop his progress and a likely semi finalist would be John Isner or Tomas Berdych. You’d back Nadal over either of them pretty strongly. Worth backing at Evens to win the tournament outright.
ATP Beijing Tennis Betting Tips:
Well, Novak Djokovic is in the field and looking to defend his title in China. In fact, Djokovic will try and defend both the title and his world number one spot this week and he will have to win the title again to be able to do that. The Serbian has won the Beijing title three times before, and if he can do it again, it will be his fourth tour-level title of the season. It has been seven tournaments now since Djokovic last won a title this season. Hasn’t played a tournament since his lost to Nadal at the US Open and while he has a lot to defend, there has to be question marks over his finishing power at the end of the day. Does he have an answer to Nadal? That’s what this tournament could come down to. The top half of the draw is not so much of a breeze, possibly facing Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarters and David Ferrer in the semi’s. Tough path compared to Nadal certainly.
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, who pushed Djokovic all the way in the semi finals of the US Open, could be the best shot behind the big two here. This is his first time at Beijing, but he has reached the semi finals of his last two tournaments played now. So could be rounding out the season in a good bit of form and Wawrinka needs it to try and reach London for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Could be one to watch through the early rounds in match betting for live tennis. In the same boat is Tomas Berdych, who needs points in the Race To London to consolidate his position in the top eight. Berdych has experience here, winning the title back in 2011 in fact. He hasn’t managed to get his hands on a title this year, but while he is a potential semi finalists, he would likely be there alongside Rafael Nadal.
Other decent names in the mix, probably for match betting will be Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer. Both want Race to London points and they could set up a great quarter final which would potentially lead to a semi final match against Novak Djokovic.
August 20th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
2013 US Open Tennis Betting Info
So the last Grand Slam of the swing will fire up at the end of August, as the world’s best all congregate on the fantastic setting of Flushing Meadows in New York. Last year there was a historic moment for British number one Andy Murray who landed his first Grand Slam title. Can he launch a successful title defence, or will the presences of Novak Djokovic and the immense form of Rafael Nadal be too much for him at the end of the two weeks to top tennis betting action?
Latest 2013 US Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Boylesports
Novak Djokovic 7/4, Rafael Nadal 3/1, Andy Murray 5/2, Juan Martin del Potro 10/1, Roger Federer 10/1
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2013 US Open Tennis Betting Favourite
To some people’s surprise, it is world number one Novak Djokovic who will be heading to Flushing Meadows with favouritism at the bookmakers. You wouldn’t think too much that a world number one being favourite would be a surprise, but in this case, many people may think so. The titles just haven’t been coming his way of late. After all of his dominance in 2011, things haven’t gone as swimmingly since, picking up just two Grand Slam titles since from seven attempts and both of those at the Australian Open. The Serbian has been in the last three US Open finals, winning just once. Heading to Flushing Meadows, it has been six tournaments entered without a title since winning in Monte Carlo back in April. Even more surprising perhaps is that he has been to just one final in those six tournaments. Perhaps most importantly of all, he has lost to Rafael Nadal twice and Andy Murray once. So the field does look pretty even, so at 7/4 with Boylesports, is Djokovic tremendous value?
2013 US Open Tennis Betting Tips:
Djokovic is not as much value as Rafael Nadal. For the first time in his career, the Spaniard won back to back hard court titles in consecutive weeks. This was a massive step for him because they were both ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, coming in Montreal and then Cincinnati. So with a nice transition from clay over to hard court, the season for Rafael Nadal just keeps getting better and better. There was that major blip at Wimbledon of course where he crashed out, but this is going to be different at Flushing Meadows. Nadal seems to have the edge over Djokovic at the moment and with just three defeats in 56 matches played this season, he is taking a perfect 15-0 match record on hard surfaces with him. He is also in line to finish the season as world number one as well, a tremendous feat on his comeback after seven months away from the game. He wasn’t at Flushing Meadows last year because of that absence and like, Murray and Djokovic has only won the US Open once, back in 2010. Nadal, given his nine titles this year and having seen of Djokovic in their last two meetings, he is probably going to be many people’s actual favourite in 2013 US Open tennis betting.
So what of the reigning champion? Why is Andy Murray floating back down the pecking order with the bookies? His backers won’t mind that at all of course, but this is new territory into which the Scot will be stepping. Never before has he been in the position of having to defend a Grand Slam title. He won at Flushing Meadows over Novak Djokovic in an epic final last year, but his form leading up to his title defence looks a bit of a concern perhaps. An early exit at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada against Ernests Gulbis and then a quarter final exit in Cincinnati against Tomas Berdych hasn’t instilled confidence. But when it comes to the Grand Slams, we get to see the best of Murray. This year’s Wimbledon champion usually turns it on when it matters most and that is what punters will be banking on. A stronger run up would have made him shorter in the odds for 2013 US Open betting, but having been to the final of the last four Grand Slam events he has entered, he has the mettle to be at the business end of things again.
Is it worth looking outside of the big three? Well if you are, then you are only going to be looking at Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro. There is a bit of a feeling that we may not see much more of Roger Federer on the ATP Tour. This season hasn’t gone well for him and he has dropped down to 7th in the world rankings. He only has one title this year and even lower tier tournaments which he should have been winning, he just hasn’t been. Despite his illustrious love affair with Flushing Meadows where he won five straight titles, he isn’t going to be a big threat. Big hitting ARgentine Del Potro should be more so. The 2009 US Open winner has a couple of titles under his belt this year. Still needs to find another consistent gear, but the big guns will be worried about running into him early. But again, outside of the big three of Djokovic, Murray and Nadal, you are only looking at outside shots.