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New world number three Andy Murray and brother Jamie have both been included in Great Britain‘s Davis Cup squad for the home tie with the USA in Glasgow next month.

Doubles specialist Jamie is in captain Leon Smith’s four-man team for the first time since 2011. The side also includes James Ward – expected to play the singles alongside Andy – and another doubles expert, Dominic Inglot.

 Jamie Murray is currently Team GB’s number one doubles player after a strong start to the season which has seen him win an ATP title in Brisbane with his Australian partner John Peers. The duo also made the final of another ATP event in Rotterdam earlier this month. Inglot, who played against the Americans when GB claimed a famous win against them in San Diego last year, is also recalled. He has made two ATP doubles finals this season and, with a different partner, knocked the likely American doubles pairing for the tie, Mike and Bob Bryan, out of the Australian Open. Colin Fleming, who played in GB’s defeat by Italy in last year’s World Group quarter-finals, is overlooked on this occasion as is former Wimbledon champion Jonny Marray.

Smith’s decision to include two doubles specialists would appear to make it less likely that Andy Murray will be expected to play in both singles and doubles. Two singles victories by Murray would likely appear paramount to GB’s hopes of another victory over the Americans, while Smith will hope Ward can reproduce that form that saw him beat Sam Querrey in San Diego last year.

Rising star Kyle Edmund will also be at the Emirates Arena as first reserve with changes to the team allowed up until the day before the action gets under way but Great Britain don’t figure among the favourites for this year’s Davis Cup, being available at 33/1 with Boylesports, BetVictor, Paddy Power and Stan James. Defending champions Switzerland are out to 14/1 with 888sport and Unibet after news emerged that neither Roger Federer nor Stan Wawrinka would play in their opening match against Belgium (80/1 with bwin). Indeed, Federer won’t play at all for his country in 2015 to concentrate on the Grand Slams but will have to play in at least one match in 2016 if he wants to play in the Olympics in Rio.

France are the new favourites at 3/1 with Boylesports and Titanbet having lost 3-1 in the final to the Swiss last year. Serbia are 4/1 with 888sport, Unibet and Boylesports as Novak Djokovic will play if available. The Czech Republic are also among the front-runners in the betting with bwin’s 7/1 looking an attractive price.

24th February 2015 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

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Some top notch ATP Tennis betting to get your teeth into this week, with some big guns in attendance at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Punters probably aren’t going to be looking too far past world number one Novak Djokovic who is back for another shot at the title. This is the first time that he has been out since lifting the Australian Open. With a superb track record of four titles in Dubai as it is, and heading back there as reigning champion, Djokovic has a favourable draw as well.

Tomas Berdych is the likeliest opponent that he could run into at the semi final stage, and with just one loss in the last sixteen against the Czech then Djokovic is going to firm favourite to win his half of the draw. As good as Novak Djokovic’s record in Dubai is, it doesn’t stand up to that of Roger Federer’s track record there. Federer has lifted the Dubai title seven times before in his career and while he has already won a title, back in Brisbane at the start of the year, he did fall short at the Australian Open, which may deter punters in a tougher draw than he faced from a poor Brisbane field.

Federer lines up in Andy Murray’s half of the draw, so there is a potential big clash in the final four to come there. Murray’s last appearance in Dubai was back in 2002 when he finished runner up to Federer. Murray’s only action so far was his run to the final at the Australian Open where he was bettered by Djokovic. But he probably should be favoured to win the bottom half of the draw over Federer, but if that happens and he lines up against Djokovic in the final, then the British number one should still be title underdog.

That’s about the depth of the field really, with only Berdych in there as a potential dark horse. Take advantage of a fanatic tennis promotion available at online betting site Paddy Power. Place five or more wagers of £5 or more and Paddy Power will give you a free £5 bet to use for the next day of tennis betting action.


23rd February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Andy Murray

So it has come down to Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic betting for the final of the Australian Open 2015. This is the third time in the last five editions of the Australian Open now we have seen Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray line up. With the first two having gone the way of the Serbian, will this be the time one swings the way of Andy Murray?

Without question these have been the top two at the tournament in terms of style, power and creativity. On the face of things, having looked at their two games so far in their respective progressions to the final, there shouldn’t be too much to split the two on Sunday, even though online betting site Paddy Power have Murry as 15/8 underdog against the odds on favourites of Djokovic’s 4/9 quote.

Always worth a look at the head to head standings, which stands heavily in favour of Djokovic. From 23 previous match ups, Djokovic has taken a 15-8 lead in the duel. They met four times last season and Djokovic won all of those meetings. Murray has only managed the one victory over Djokovic in their last eight meetings, which was in the Wimbledon 2013 final. But Murray has beaten Djokovic in two Slam finals, after opening his Grand Slam account with a win over Djokovic at the 2012 US Open.

What could swing a slight advantage to Murray is that he got his semi final out of the way first, so could be a little fresher. After dropping the first set of his final four match against Tomas Berdych, Murray pretty much cruised through the match. Not so much for Djokovic in his semi final against reigning champion Stanislas Wawrinka, needing five sets to get past the Swiss man. The Serbian will be targeting his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday.

The level of Djokovic’s play against Wawrinka wasn’t all that high, firing off a lot of unforced errors, and he let himself fall back quite a bit and go on the defensive. But at the end of the day, it was his consistency and greater energy levels which saw him take the deciding set against Wawrinka with ease. Seven time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will have a hard time getting past Murray if he plays as flat as he did against Wawrinka.

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31st January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

This is a repeat of last season’s quarter final match up at the Australian Open, when the Swiss underdog Wawrinka pulled off a major shock. Will there be a repeat of that shock when the two meet one stage later in this season’s Australian Open semi final?

Djokovic is naturally a 1/4 shot to win the match at online betting site Paddy Power, with Wawrinka out at 19/5 to pull off a repeat of his Melbourne heroics last season. Wawrinka was in great form as he took on the in-form Kei Nishikori in their quarter final match up in Melbourne, and pretty much just marched straight through to the final four again, as the Japanese star couldn’t get his game going.

Djokovic was equally on cruise control though as he breezed his way effortlessly past eighth seed Milos Raonic, handling the big serve of the Canadian with consummate ease. Djokovic looks pretty hungry to write the wrongs of last season’s early Australian Open exit and the Serbian is running as overwhelming 8/13 favourite at online betting site Paddy Power to win the tournament for the fifth time in his career.

It will take a brave punter to go against him. Djokovic has an overwhelming head to head lead against Wawrinka, a massive 16-3 advantage. Just to put even more supremacy on Djokovic in Australian Open betting here, those sixteen victories for him over Wawrinka has come in the last seventeen meeting, that one anomaly being at last season’s Australian Open. Tough to argue that last season’s history will repeat itself when the two meet against in Melbourne.

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29th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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It is looking unlikely that anyone is going to stop the momentum of world number one Novak Djokovic on his quest to reach the Australian Open final this year. The Serbian is the outright winner market leader in Australian Open betting at a quote of 5/6 with online betting site Betfair. With Roger Federer having already exited the tournament, and second and third favourites Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal on a potential collision course in the bottom half of the draw.

Djokovic goes up against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in the fourth round and waiting to meet him in the quater finals, if things go to plan, will be either 12th seed Feliciano Lopez or 8th seed Milos Raonic. If Djokovic is on top of his game, then the Serbian will be expected to work his way on through to the semi final, where he could run into Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or the man who knocked him out of last season’s Championships, reigning Australian Open title holder Stan Wawrinka.

On any given normal day in the world of tennis action, you would back Djokovic to beat any of them. Djokovic has pretty much been racing through this matches so far in Melbourne and will be banked on to be in the final eight, which looks competitive more than troublesome for the world number one. The fact that Djokovic is such an overwhelming favourite in the outright market at a price of 5/6 in shorter than second favourite Andy Murray 11/2 and Rafael Nadal 7/1, and even potential semi final opponent Stan Wawrinka at 14/1, speaks volumes about the threat Djokovic poses.

Djokovic is a 2/5 quote to reach the final and backing the field to beat him to the title can be taken at a quote of even money at online betting site Betfair. It will take a brave punt to go against Djokovic not taking down the field, and you can take 5/2 on him to meet Murray in the final, while a 3/1 quote for Djokovic to face Nadal in the showcase match.

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24th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Novak Djokovic couldn’t have been much happier with the draw for the Australian Open 2015 than the one he landed. He will be looking at the tough quarter battle down in the fourth quarter between Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov and be doing so with a smile on his face.

Djokovic, the top seed for the Australian Open has been handed a plum draw, not that he need any help in progressing. The four-time Australian Open champion suffered a big blight on his Melbourne form last season, when he crashed out of the quarter finals against eventual winner Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic is outright favourite in Australian Open betting at even money with Paddy Power to walk away with the title for the fifth time.

Djokovic will be back in the quater finals of the competition this year, most punters will think that off the bat and will probably be right. It looks highly, highly unlikely that he will stumble against anyone he could potentially line up against in coming through the first four rounds. The top seed he could meet in the fourth round is 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Not tough competition.

Looking out one step further at the Australian Open first quarter winner market, Djokovic is 1/5 favourite to make it to the semi’s from the top section of the draw. The most likely quarter final opponent that he could line up against is 8th seed Milos Raonic, and to sum up that potential final eight clash, the two have faced off four times before and Djokovic has won them all.

It should be pretty straight shooting for Djokovic to win the first quarter at this year’s Australian Open. There is a Free Bet Special to take advantage of at online betting site Paddy Power for your Australian Open betting. Place 5 or more bets of £5 or more on tennis in one day and Paddy Power will give you a free bet of £5 to use the next day. The offer runs until January 31st.

19th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Is it 1,000 tour-level match wins up for Roger Federer, after the Swiss legend beat Milos Raonic in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday. That victory, and with Federer looking pretty sublime throughout the tournament, will send more backers towards him to take a victory at the Australian Open 2015 at a quote of 6/1 with online betting site Paddy Power.

Federer is just the third player in the Open era to land 1,000 singles match wins, and will be a huge boost of confidence for him and his backers for the Australian Open which starts on January 19th. Federer is second favourite at online betting site Paddy Power in Australian Open 2015, to only heavy even money favourite Novak Djokovic.

Federer landed five Tour titles last season in which he rolled back the years and rediscovered his touch. In having started 2015 with a bang, can he go even better this season and achieve something that he didn’t manage to do last year, and that is win a Grand Slam? He should certainly make a decent each way proposition for punters in Australian Open tennis betting.

Fifth for Federer in Australian Open Betting?

Since his fourth and last title at the Australian Open in 2010, Federer has exited at the semi final stage in the four editions since. With the world number two likely to avoid Novak Djokovic until the final, there there should be big value in taking an early punt on Federer to at least hit the final four again. The challenges of Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, the other two in the big in the big four, don’t look strong enough to warrant to back above that of Federer’s.

With Rafael Nadal crashing out in the first round against qualifier Michael Berrer at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open last week, and Djokovic’s surprise quarter final loss against seventh seed Ivo Karlovic, it could blow the Australian Open field open this year and allow Federer to squeeze in nicely for his fifth Australian crown, after producing such a positive start to the season.

It is important to remember that it is early season and players will still be finding their feet and getting match rustiness out of their systems after the winter break. While you would of course expect Novak Djokovic to come good at Melbourne, Nadal, a finalist last year, looks an unknown quantity in the field. As for Andy Murray, the lack of competitive action (he played at the Hopman Cup exhibition) in the Australian Open 2015 build up may be a risk. But Federer is the only one who has hit his stride straight out of the blocks and that could be a telling factor (although nothing has been seen competitively of Murray yet).

So are the stars aligning for Federer to claim his fifth Australian Open title?

Australian Open 2015 Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 11/10, Roger Federer 6/1, Rafael Nadal 6/1, Andy Murray 8/1, Kei Nishikori 12/1, Stan Wawrinka 14/1, bar 20/1

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12th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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2015 Australian Open tennis betting needs some early-year attention as the first grand slam of the season will be starting on January 19th, and of course, it will bring with it, two golden weeks of the highest level tennis betting excitement with it.

Novak Djokovic is the even money favourite at online bookmaker Bet365 to get his hands on the title again. Last season there was a shock for the Serbian, who saw his three year Australian Open reign come crashing down in a quarter final defeat against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, who eventually went on to land the title in what was a major tennis betting upset.

But with Djokovic’s dominance, it hard to look past him again and the even money quote on Djokovic at Bet365 should be seriously considered ahead of the tournament. Of course, it is early season and players really don’t carry a lot of form into the grand slam after the winter break, so even though players use the first two weeks of January as warm ups for the big event, it is the early rounds of the Melbourne action which will give the biggest clues as to who is really in form.

The first week of the Grand Slams are usually cannon fodder for the big guns in the field, and Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, will all be expected to make it to the second week of competition without any fuss or bother along the way. Djokovic has a proven track record at the even, winning it four times in his history and the disappointment of last season’s Melbourne effort will probably fire him up even more.

The strength of Djokovic’s challenge is reflected in the early Australian Open 2015 betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365, where the closest challenger is 5/1 shot Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard went to the final of last season’s Australian Open, but a back injury made him non-competitive in the final against Wawrinka, and it became a non-contest. Nadal has landed the Australian Open just once before and and while he is fit and back again for a new challenge, it’s not a challenge which looks as strong as Djokovic’s on the hard courts.

Roger Federer will probably draw more attention to go the distance in the first slam of the year, and he will be looking to go one stage better than his semi final loss against old rival Nadal in last year’s Australian Open. Although Federer couldn’t get his hands on another Grand Slam last season, he picked up five ATP Tour titles along the way, in what was a year of true resurgence from the old Master. There’s no question over his skill and ability, and coming in fresh to the first Slam of the year, the 6/1 quote at online bookmaker Bet365, may be tempting enough for some punters.

Djokovic justifiable favourite in Australian Open 2015 betting

So is Djokovic a justifiable favourite in 2015 Australian Open tennis betting? Yes, because he looks the most complete package of the big four. You may have concerns over Nadal’s form and fitness on the hard courts, about Federer’s durability and Andy Murray’s mentality. It’s hard to find any such kind of weakness in the challenge of Djokovic and the even money on him at Bet365 screams value.

Making up the big four in the field is Andy Murray, who fell at the quarter finals last season, a slump compared to the three finals and one semi final berth he had picked up in his four previous visits to the Australian Open, will carry his own threat of course and is big-gun outside value at 13/2 with Bet365. He always looks a bit less reliable than the others in the big four, but the advantages are his competitive record recently at the event, but for many will probably represent better each way value in the outright market than just backing boldly for the win after he has come up short before.

Given the history of winners at the Australian Open, which has been won by either Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer on eight of the last nine editions, then it isn’t worth looking beyond the big four again. Upsets like Stanislas Wawrinka’s triumph last season happen too few and far between to really warrant having a dark horse shot in the field.

Online betting site Bet365 will offer fantastic Australian Open live in-play tennis betting, which is going to present tremendous value for punters during the two weeks of action from Melbourne. Get in early with the outright winner market prices too.

6th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Not everyone has approached the conception of the International Premier Tennis League with the same enthusiasm as founder Mahesh Bhupathi but the controversial four-team tournament, devised to be tennis’ answer to cricket’s Indian Premier League, will finally get under way at the end of this week after 18 months of planning.

The shorter format to be used has been specifically designed for TV audiences but has had to wait for a space in the calendar. Now, of course, is the time that most of the sport’s big names are putting their feet up and persuading some to sacrifice their down time, despite the big appearance fees being offered, has proved troublesome. Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova opted out in March’s player auction but have since changed their minds. Exactly how motivated Federer will be remains to be seen as he pulled out of the ATP World Final against Novak Djokovic because of fatigue and played three matches in Switzerland‘s Davis Cup triumph over France last weekend.

There are only four teams in the International Premier League but each will host their opponents on home courts between specific dates meaning all squads will have one home fixture, one away and two on neutral soil. Each match will comprise of five sets with nominated players playing one set each in the five categories – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and veteran men’s singles. Federer only plans to play for the Indian Aces in their home matches in Delhi, while Andy Murray is adopting a similar approach for his team the Manila Mavericks. Sharapova is also based in the Phillipines and is another who is unlikely to travel to other venues but Djokovic has said he will play in two rounds of matches for the UAE Royals, based in Dubai, with Serena Williams making the same commitment to the Singapore Slammers.

The Slammers, 3/1 with Unibet and 888sport, could emerge as the challengers to Djokovic’s Royals (5/2 with the same two firms). Tomas Berdych has pledged to play in every match for the Singapore franchise and they look to have a decent line-up down to veteran Andre Agassi. But the Royals have Marin Cilic as well as Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard and Goran Ivanisevic and are just preferred. In fact, it’s a surprise that the Aces are also a best 5/2 (Skybet) given Federer’s busy recent schedule. Manila are 10/3 with Skybet.

24th November 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

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The groups are set for the ATP World Tour Finals 2014 which start on November 9th. It was a fascinating race for the top eight places to reach the finals. The players who amassed the most points over the course of the season get the honour of competing. Actually the qualification stretched out to the top nine this season, as Rafael Nadal withdrew himself before the end of the season so that he could go and have surgery.

It has left the two round robin groups set up as Group A with Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka. Group B will be made up from Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. So clearly it is Group B which looks the toughest to get out of, while in Group A, it is probably going to be a straightforward shot for who finishes second behind Djokovic who is 4/9 favourite at Paddy Power to win Group A.

Roger Federer is 3/10 favourite to win Group B, with Andy Murray at 8/13. Those two coming together will produce the top clash in the round robin stage. The top two from each group will move ahead to the semi finals, so plenty of ATP World Tour Finals betting to be enjoyed. So who is heading up the outright market?

Novak Djokovic, who recently won the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season in Paris, is looking to win the ATP World Tour Finals for the fourth time and end up as the world number one at the end of the season. Djokovic is 10/11 favourite to win the tournament, with Roger Federer a 7/2 shot behind him. Federer is looking to win the season finale for the seventh time in his career, has only failed to make it to the semi finals once in twelve previous appearances.

The natural shot behind them is Andy Murray, who put together a great stretch of form over closing stages of the regular season. He has never won the ATP season finale, making it to the semi finals three times before. Murray’s group game against Federer is going to be huge, because second place in Group B, is probably going to mean facing Djokovic in the semi’s. Murray lost in Paris recently against the Serbian.

You could snap up an early price of 9/2 in the Name The Finalists Market on it being Djokovic/Federer. Djokovic is 4/11 favourite to Reach The Final, with Federer great value at 5/4 and Andy Murray at 11/4 with online bookmaker Paddy Power.

In a promotion which runs for the entire duration of November 2014, Paddy Power are running a Free Bet Special for tennis betting. Place 5 or more bets of £5 or more on tennis in one day and online bookmaker Paddy Power will give you a free bet of £5 to use the next day!

5th November 2014 / Lee - Category: Sports Betting

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