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ATP World Tour Finals 2016 Betting Preview & Winner Odds – Tennis London

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It is the final event of the ATP Tour season as the World Tour Finals starts this weekend in London. The new world number one Andy Murray is heading to the Finals as outright favourite to go and claim the title. That’s a big mark for Murray because Novak Djokovic is there, but it is clear that the Scotsman is the man in form and even though Murray has gotten himself a tougher draw than the Serbian has, Murray is 5/4 to make a sweep of the title. Basically he is the one to beat going into the ATP World Tour Finals.

The O2 Arena is again the host for the finals and Murray will be looking for his first title at the event. The Finals has largely been dominated by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the last decade or so. In the last thirteen editions of the tournament Federer has won it six times and Djokovic five times. Since it moved to the rebranding of the ATP World Tour Finals in 2009, Djokovic has won four of the seven editions, actually winning each of the last four stagings of the event. So the Serbian is the one with the form here and he is a 6/4 second favourite at Paddy Power and will still have appeal to come through here in opposition to the 5/4 quote on Murray.

ATP Finals 2016 Infographic

Since Djokovic got his hands on the career Grand Slam with his win at the French Open in the summer his form has tanked, helping to give rise to Murray’s number one status. While they are the top two in the draw, is it worth looking behind them at any of the six other players there? Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic are the strongest backed underdogs to come through and it’s all going to be about the draw. Murray is going up against Kei Nishikori, Cilic and Wawrinka, which is the toughest draw he could have gotten as he faces the third, fifth and seventh seeds.

Looking at the betting as well on the outright market, Wawrinka, Nishikori and Cilic are the third, fourth and fifth favourites behind Murray and Djokovic. So a rough draw for Murray to get through, and in the opposing group, Djokovic has gotten it easy. In fact the Serbian has won all of his previous 23 matches combined against the players he will face in the group, who are Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic. So there is more than a reasonable chance of Djokovic coming back to a bit of form. He probably will want to unleash some sort of backlash to having lost his number one status.

With no Rafael Nadal, with no Roger Federer the face of the ATP World Tour Finals is changing rapidly. But still, it is going to be hard to look past Murray or Djokovic here. In the To Reach Final market, you have a Djokovic/Murray finals at a price of even money with Paddy Power to happen with online betting site Paddy Power. Wawrinka is the one most likely to break the dominance there and sneak into the final to oppose either Murray or Djokovic there. Of course, if either Murray or Djokovic fails to win their respective group, there could be a heavyweight semi final showdown on the cards.

ATP World Tour Finals 2016 Betting Winner Odds

Andy Murray 5/4, Novak Djokovic 6/4, Stan Wawrinka 10/1, Marin Cilic 16/1, Kei Nishikori 20/1, Milos Raonic 20/1, Gael Monfils 33/1, Dominic Thiem 33/1

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ATP World Tour Finals 2016 Betting Draw

So the eight qualified players will be split into two round robin groups of four. In the John McEnroe Group you have Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. In the Ivan Lendl Group there is Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem. It is  a straight round robin with the top two moving through to the semi finals. The winner of each group will play the second placed player from the opposite group in the final four.

It is worth looking at the head to head here for the favourites. Murray has a career head to head lead over everyone in the tournament apart from Novak Djokovic, to whom he trails 10-24. However, Murray has lost his last games against Nishikori and Cilic and in beating Wawrinka at the French Open this reason, that snapped a three match losing streak that he was on against the Swiss player. His group starts action the day after the other group, tightening the schedule meaning that he would have to win five matches in seven drays.

So the physical demand is there. Djokovic has a 23-0 head to head record in total against all the all other players in his group. Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils are competing for the first time in the ATP World Tour Finals and on his only other appearance in the tournament back in 2014, Raonic lost his two matches.

The Tournament is played indoors and the speed of surfaces can chop and change. Paris played much quicker this year for example than it did last year and that helps the big serving players in draws. This year’s surface at the O2 has been pretty much matched to the Paris surface. More defensive players like Djokovic and Murray who are happy to counterpunch, have some their effectiveness taken away on courts that are running a bit faster, but the fact that Djokovic has dominated this tournament for the last four years, he is still going to be a major threat. The best in the world should be able to adjust to what they are playing on.

ATP World Tour Finals 2016 Betting Prediction

There have been a couple of upsets in the ATP World Tour Finals in recent years, as David Nalbandian came from nowhere to claim the 2005 title while veteran Nikolay Davydenko landed the 20009 edition. But you will have a hard time justifying looking at anyone other than Murray or Djokovic in this one. None of Djokovic’s opponents in the group stage are carrying any kind of form to suggest that they are going to pull off an upset and get past him.

It is big ask of Cilic and Wawrinka to come through as well. Cilic is just one of two players to have beaten both Murray and Djokovic this season, but he trails Wawrinka 2-10 in the head to head there. But because of Wawrinka slipping to some strange defeats since the summer, it may be worth backing Cilic to follow Murray through from the group and Cilic is a price of 5/6 with Paddy Power to reach the semi finals.

But for a winner it is a coin toss between Murray and Djokovic. There are two factors here that tips things towards Djokovic. He is going to be hungry at getting a shot back at reclaiming the number one spot and should be fired up. He has an easier group than Murray does and Djokovic has been totally dominant at the ATP World Tour Finals in the last four seasons and has a commanding head to head lead against Murray. It’s a tough one to oppose him at the price of second favourite. He looks value to make it five titles in five seasons.


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British hops all rest in the hands of Andy Murray of course who has had a speculator summer winning both Wimbledon and the Olympic Gold at Rio 2016. So he is on top of his game and he has a favourable draw going into Flushing Meadows as second seed while Djokovic has to do battle in a stacked top half of the draw which won’t be easy for him.

Serena Williams has had some difficulties as well over the summer, resulting in her early exit from Rio 2016 when she couldn’t keep her emotions in check. Will this be the hour for Angelique Kerber to land the second Grand Slam title of the year? The German is running in some hot form and could well benefit from any slips in the standards of Williams at Flushing Meadows. Will Britain’s Johanna Konta, who has a nice quarter ahead of her, be able to impress?

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US Open 2016 Men’s Singles Betting Preview & Winner Odds

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So the final Grand Slam of the tennis season is with us. The US Open from Flushing Meadows this year will be the 136th edition of the famous tournament. Heading back into the men’s draw as champion is Novak Djokovic, who has had a difficult second half of the season, which has left, for many, Andy Murray as the real favourite to go and take the title there this season. There is a long road to the prize of course and because this comes towards the ends of the season, it is a tournament which can throw up surprises because of tiredness and injuries having been built up.

US Open 2016 Men's Singles - Tennis Infographic

Andy Murray for example has certainly been busy recently in putting together some tremendously strong form. Starting with his win at the Aegon Championships in London, Murray followed that up with the Wimbledon title and then the Olympic title as well. Remarkably he turned around immediately from all of that to run to the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. He started the week with a shoulder problem and questioned whether he was going to push through after his endeavours in Rio. He did and went to the final where he lost to Marin Cilic.

That defeat against Cilic snapped a 22 match winning streak for Murray and with appearances in the final of both the Australian Open and the French Open as well this year, it has been a big effort from the Brit. Already it has been a big year but can he make it even bigger and pretty such secure the deal in winning himself the Sports Personality of the Year Award again to boot. As for Djokovic, since winning the French Open, he lost out in the round of 32 at Wimbledon against Sam Querrey, bounced back to win the Rogers Cup over Kei Nishikori and then lost in the first round of the Olympics against Juan Martin del Potro.

So not the overwhelming form from the world number one then and that is why punters are looking at the hot form of Murray to win through at Flushing Meadows. Those two will be kept apart in the draw until the final but the question is, is there anyone else likely to creep into the picture? Really beyond Juan Martin del Potro, on the back of his run at Rio 2016 (and the bookmarks are wary of Delpo) and the big serving Milos Raonic who has come on so well over the second half of the season, there doesn’t look to be a massive threat from anyone else. There’s no Roger Federer for the tournament.

US Open 2016 Men’s Singles Betting Odds

Novak Djokovic 5/4, Andy Murray 7/4, Milos Raonic 18/1, Juan Martin Del Potro 18/1, Kei Nishikori 25/1, Rafael Nadal 25/1, Marin Cilic 25/1, Stan Wawrinka 25/1, 40/1 bar

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US Open 2016 Men’s Singles Betting Draw

Going as first and second seed respectively, Djokovic and Murray are split up on opposite halves of the draw. Really the US Open isn’t likely to start getting competitive for either of them until at least the fourth round however, Djokovic could run into Jiri Vesely in the second round, and the Czech is just one of five players to have beaten Djokovic this season. At the fourth round stage, Djokovic would most likely run into John Isner or more likely, Richard Gasquet.

Then things could get really interesting and really tricky quickly for Djokovic. Marin Cilic, who won the 2014 US Open and recently beaten Murray in the Western & Southern Open Final would be a quarter final opponent. Cilic is bang in form at the moment and could cause Djokovic some real problems. If he gets through that, then there is potentially Rafael Nadal (4th seed) lining up to meet him there. This is far from the easiest draw that the defending champion could have gotten and he will be tested at some point along the way. The inclusion therein the top half of the draw for the likes of Cilic and Nadal will of course, all push their price up at the start of the tournament.

So what does that leave Murray? Well he shouldn’t have too much trouble waltzing through to the quarter finals. He could run into Kei Nishikori in the quarters but Murray eased past him on his way to winning the Olympic Gold Medal recently, so shouldn’t falter this. But this is Murray and as we saw at the Olympics, sometimes he makes work hard for himself. His most likely semi final opponent would be Wawrinka, but that is completely up in the air because the Swiss player has a tricky quarter to try and come through before setting that fixture up. As usual with Wawrinka, when’s he’s hot he is a real handful, he just doesn’t hit that level too often.

Then now, because of his form at the Olympics Games, no-one is going to want to run into Juan Martin del Potro. He is a former US Open Champion let’s not forget, taking the title back in 2008 and he gets a wildcard entry in this one and would be on course for a quarter final showdown with Wawrinka so then the winner of that would go on to face Murray in the potential semi final.

US Open 2016 Men’s Singles Betting Predictions

Looking at things from a quarter perspective then you would realistically be looking at quarter finals of Novak Djokovic v Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal v Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem v Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori v Andy Murray. Those are the eight most likely quarter winners in the draw so then you start weeding it out from there down to a Djokovic v Raonic, Wawrinka v Murray for the semi finals and there is only one outcome you would really expect from that line up and that would be a Djokovic v Murray Final and that would be no surprise at all really.

The only upset along the way would be Djokovic running into Cilic there in the quarter finals. The big Czech is on his game at the moment and could cause an upset over the world number one, really opening up the top half of the draw, but making Murray’s quest easier as well. But on the surface of it, once again you are really weighing up the decision of Murray or Djokovic. There are just doubts over the fitness of Djokovic at the moment and he is in a stacked top half of the draw. That should open the path for Murray to go all the way to the title. Murray to win.


Olympic Men’s Tennis – Betting Preview & Winner Odds

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Four years ago in London, Andy Murray was left holding the gold medal after firing his way past Roger Federer to claim the prize. He is out in Rio now to defend that gold medal and with the field weakened because of injury withdrawals from Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, along with this year’s Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic pulling out because of fears over the Zika virus, the Gold Medal match is expected to come down to a shootout between Murray and Djokovic.

Murray goes to Rio on the back of a confidence boosting Wimbledon title this summer and really only Djokovic should be standing in his way. Murray opens his Olympic title defence with a game against Viktor Troicki against whom, Murray has won all seven previous meetings. Murray, who is the flag bearer for Great Britain in the opening ceremony is one the opposite side of the draw to Djokovic and so they would be set for a showdown in ethical.

Djokovic opens his account against former US Grand Slam winner Juan Martin del Potro, who beat the Serbian in the London 2014 Bronze Medal match. Djokovic, should he go on and claim the title would achieve the rare feat of completing a Golden Career Grand Slam, having won each of the four Grand Slams and Olympic Gold (not necessarily in the same year).

So if the final comes down to Murray v Djokovic, then what does the head to head tell us? Djokovic holds a 24-10 match record over Murray so the world number one is clearly going to go into the tournament (which runs over three-set matches) as red hot favourite. But Murray has closed the gap a little bit and the head to head is 2-2 over the last four meetings, Murray taking wins in the 2012 US Open and the 2016 Wimbledon finals. So it’s open and especially so over three sets. The Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis will be played on hard court surprisingly, and not clay and we would side with Murray going all the way and claiming gold again.

There could be more success for Murray at the tournament as well, because he will be in the doubles tournament with brother Jamie and could join Heather Watson in the mixed doubles event as well. Murray won silver with Laura Robson in the 2012 Olympics.

Olympic Men’s Tennis Outright Winner Odds

Novak Djokovic 10/13, Andy Murray 5/2, Rafael Nadal 12/1, Kei Nishikori 14/1, Juan Martin del Potro 33/1, 40/1 bar


Bet365 French Open 2016 Live Streams!

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The French Open is into its second week of action and there is some catching up of fixtures to do with Monday having been washed out. The men’s draw has lost Rafael Nadal through injury, unfortunately, but the big guns of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still on course for a shot at meetings in the final now. Stan Wawrinka is still knocking around the draw as well and could meet Murray in the semi finals.

In the women’s singles, Serena Williams is still in there and plugging along while there are some big names like Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska still waiting to see if they can join Garbine Muguruza in the quarter finals of the tournament. So there is a huge week of tennis action still to come from Roland Garros with some big clashes likely to light up the tournament. Will we get a Williams v Halep final? Will we see Murray and Djokovic battle it out again?

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Women’s French Open Outright Odds

Serena Williams even money, Garbine Muguruza 9/2, Simona Halep 9/2, Madison Keys 16/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 14/1, Timea Bacsinszky 14/1, Carla Suarez Navarro 25/1, 33/1 bar

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Men’s French Open Outright Odds

Novak Djokovic 1/2, Andy Murray 8/2, Stan Wawrinka 8/1, Dominic Thiem 20/1, Richard Gasquet 40/1, David Ferrer 66/1, 100/1 bar

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French Open 2016 Men’s Singles Betting Preview & Winner Odds

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Well Andy Murray’s recent clay success has shaken up many punters’ approach to the French Open 2016 Men’s Singles Betting no doubt. Murray took the Rome title out of the hands of world number one Novak Djokovic and that send the Briton to Roland Garros with some renewed confidence you would imagine and it makes the picture look a little more competitive for the French Open betting.

Without that recent success for Andy Murray, the French Open would have looked little more than a two horse race at the end of the day between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is the outright favourite and at an odds on price as well at 4/5 with online betting site Bet365. Djokovic is the one with the running form at the French Open, not having fallen short of the semi final in any of the last five editions of the Roland Garros event. However, despite having been to the final in three of the last four seasons of the French Open, this is the one Grand Slam title that eluded him.

Djokovic lost his first French Open Final against Rafael Nadal in 2012, then again when the two met in the 2014 final Djokovic was on the losing end. He was hot favourite in last year’s Final but he was taken down by an inspired Stan Wawrinka, who played the bravest game that anyone has ever played against Djokovic probably, to the point where Djokovic didn’t know how to handle his opponent.

French Open 2016 Men's Singles

Djokovic has won the five ATP titles this season, including the Australian Open. He took the Madrid ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title as well on clay, so that was why his defeat against Murray in the final of Rome on clay was a little surprising. Overall, heading to Roland Garros he has a 37-3 match record running for the season. You can pretty much bank on him being in the semi finals of the draw, it’s just whether he can covert from there. Djokovic just has the reserves of fight, resilience, stamina and class that no-other player on the ATP has.

Rafael Nadal, the French Open great, has made something of a welcome return to form this term. He has won the two titles this season, the Barcelona Open on clay and the big Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on clay as well. That should have shaped him up well for the recent Madrid and Rome titles, but the Spaniard fell short losing in the semi finals of Madrid to Andy Murray and then he lost in the quarter finals of Rome to Djokovic. So he is just coming up a little short at the moment, but he is looking for his tenth French Open title. Yes, his tenth. He has won nine of the last eleven editions of the French Open and holds a remarkable 70-2 win/loss match record there. Can he bounce back?

Now, more than ever you have Andy Murray in the picture. His victory over Nadal in Madrid and then his triumph in the Final of Rome against Djokovic has seen bookmakers slash his odds of winning the French Open 2016. Murray has been solid at the French Open in the last two seasons, making semi final berths. He has never been to the final though, but this could be his best chance to break new ground. He is a better hard court player than clay, but that having been said, his clay status his improved over the last couple of seasons. He will naturally have a better shot at landing the title if he can avoid Djokovic until the showcase match.

Outside of the big three you really only hove defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer. Federer has had a season disrupted by injury and isn’t too likely to make the grade.

French Open 2016 betting odds

Novak Djokovic 4/5, Rafael Nadal 4/1, Andy Murray 4/1, Stan Wawrinka 12/1, Kei Nishikori 25/1, Roger Federer 33/1, Dominic Thiem 40/1, Gael Monfils 50/1, 66/1 bar

French Open 2016 Top Sixteen Seeds

  1.   Novak Djokovic
  2.   Andy Murray
  3.   Roger Federer
  4.   Stan Wawrinka
  5.   Rafael Nadal
  6.   Kei Nishikori
  7.   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  8.   Tomáš Berdych
  9.   Milos Raonic
  10.   Richard Gasquet
  11.   Marin Čilić
  12.   David Ferrer
  13.   David Goffin
  14.   Gaël Monfils
  15.   Dominic Thiem
  16.   Roberto Bautista Agut

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French Open 2016 History and Stats

This is the 115th edition of the French Open and runs from May 5th through to June 5th. The difference between this and the other three Grand Slams is not just the surface, but that there is no tiebreak in the final set of the match. So that makes it arguably the toughest tennis competition of all, to triumph at. The first ever French Open was held in 1891 (known as the French Championships) and then it was only for amatur players who belonged to French tennis club. It was a Briton who actually won the first ever French Open, as H. Briggs (a Paris resident) landed it.

There was a break through the second World War years and in 1968, the French Open was first contested as the French Open in the newly formed Open Era of tournament. It was an Australian, Ken Rosewall who won that over fellow countryman Rod Laver on that occasion. France didn’t get its first home victory in the modern era until Yannick Noah beat Mats Wilander in the 1932 French Open final. The greats like Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have all won the title. Built the modern era great is Rafael Nadal, hands down.

Nadal is the record title holder at the French Open with his nine titles, which topped out Max Decugis who won it eight times in the amatuer era. Bjorn Borg is the next most successful player in the history of the French Open (modern era) with six titles including four consecutive ones between 1978 and 1981. In the modern era, only Mats Wilander, Ivan Lendl and Gustavo Kuerten (3) along with Jan Kodes, Jim Courier and Sergi Bruguera (2) have won it multiple times. Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver are the only two players to have won the French Open in both the amatur and Open eras.

French Open 2016 Prediction

The main train of thought would be, how long can you keep the best player in the world from winning a title? We are talking about Novak Djokovic and his misses in the final of the French Open. It’s not as if he hasn’t been to the final, so he has a pretty solid record there over the last few years without having won it. He should be a lock for the final four and you just get the feeling that sooner or later it has to happen for him. But then again, neither Pete Sampras or Boris Becker managed to win it, so it has eluded some of the game’s greats.

Andy Murray’s victory over him may have come at the right time for Murray in heading to Roland Garros, but it could ultimately work against the him and the rest of the field. Djokovic won’t take a defeat lightly at all and has probably done everything in his power to fix that in the next event, which is the French Open for him. That makes him more dangerous because he will be out for revenge and to prove a point that he is the best in the world.

So we would still have to stick with the outright favourite here and the thought of Nadal making it back to the Roland Garros final is a real treat. He has done enough this season and has had enough time to get his clay feet going to make a decent run. What’s a decent run? Well the quarters for him and then his adrenaline and motivation amps up as he could close in on that remarkable tenth Grand Slam title. Decent each way bet.


ATP Madrid Tennis 2016 Betting Odds and Preview

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The big guns are in out in force this week for the ATP Madrid tennis tournament an important build up to the French Open. Roger Federer pulled out ahead of the event but even if he had stayed in he wouldn’t’ have made a difference to the dominance of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the head of the field.

The Mutua Madrid only moved to clay in 2009 and with the French Open on the cards this month, the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid event is a very high profile affair. This is one of the ATP World Tour 1000 events that Djokovic has actually had a tricky time in getting his hands on the title from. He has won it just the once before and that was back in 2011 so is on a four visit winless streak at the event.

Djokovic has five titles to his name this season, but his transition to clay didn’t go too well as he was surprisingly knocked out in the second round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters ATP World Tour 1000 Masters event against Jiri Vesely. Not many would have predicted that but Djokovic is the kind of man you aren’t going to keep down for very long. Overall ahead of Madrid he had posted a W28 L2 match record for the season (12-1 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events).

The big threat to Djokovic this time around at Madrid is Rafael Nadal. The clay master is back on form which is great news for the game. He is a three time previous Madrid Champion, including having won two of the last three editions of the event. After taking advantage of Djokovic’s exit at Monte Carlo, Nadal went all the way to the title, beating Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka on the way. He followed that up last week with a win Barcelona on clay as well. He has faced Djokovic twice this season though and lost both meetings with the Serbian.

What of Andy Murray? He is the reigning Madrid champion (his second title there) but it has been a season which has failed to ignite for him for one reason or another. After losing the Australian Open final to Djokovic, Murray has not been back to the final of an event this term, carding a W13 L4 record for the term. That’s why he’s out in the betting prices compared to Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal and Murray are in the same half of the draw so would clash in the final four.

ATP Madrid Tennis Betting odds

Novak Djokovic 5/6, Rafael Nadal 5/2, Andy Murray 10/1, Stan Wawrinka 18/1, Kei Nishikori 20/1, Milos Raonic 25/1, Tomas Berdych 33/1, Gael Monfils 40/1, David Ferrer 66/1, Juan Martin del Potro 66/1.

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Miami Open Tennis Betting Odds and Preview 2016

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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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Davis Cup 2016 – 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


2016 ATP World Tour Calendar – Tennis Tournaments 2016

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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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