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Djokovic will win all four slams in 2013

With 2013 less than a month away the tennis world is ready to embrace a year that should be just as exciting as the one just gone by. That is saying something, considering we had four different winners of the four grand slams. But sparks will fly! At the top of the rankings right now is Novak Djokovic this years Australian Open champion and despite the class of Roger Federer, the emergence finally of Andy Murray and the return of Rafael Nadal, the Serb is still the man to beat, according to the latest Australian Open Betting at least. Even more so, Djokovic realistically has the chance to do what he failed to do by a whisker in 2011 and that is to win all the grand slams in a calendar year. Still the best on a hard court, punters who bet on tennis are certain the 25-year-old will his title in Melbourne at the Aussie Open in January. In New York to round off the season he remains favourite to claim victory at Flushing Meadows. He played the better tennis throughout the tournament this year but was narrowly beaten by an inspired Murray in the final. Lightening wont strike twice. Which leaves the two toughies; Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Djokovic is yet to win the clay court slam under French skies but his final appearance this year shows just how far he has come on his least friendly surface. The truth is Nadal who has dominated the tournament like none before him is still struggling with his injuries and may never be the same player again. If Djokovic can add the French Open to his titles then he will surely take an unstoppable momentum into Wimbledon, a tournament that he conquered in fine fashion in 2011. So look out, the Djok is about and 2013 could be another historic year for tennis!
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10 December 2012

Davis Cup Return for Djokovic

They may boast of developing the worlds best male tennis player in Novak Djokovic, but Serbia failed in their bid to win the Davis Cup last year when they fell 4-1 to eventual champions, Czech Republic, in the quarter-finals. Novak Djokovic opted out of the 2012 tournament, instead focussing on his singles career that saw him reach the French and US Open finals, win the Australian Open and claim the ATP World Tour Finals this autumn. Without Djokovic in their midst, Serbias singles duo consisted of world number nine, Janko Tipsarevic, and 38-ranked Viktor Troicki their Davis Cup campaign did not go well. Yet tennis fans wondering if they will ever see Djokovic back in Davis Cup action will be relieved to hear the world number one is scheduled to make a return to the competition he helped his nation win in 2010. Djokovics camp have confirmed the 26-year-old will once again balance his singles commitments with team efforts, as Serbia look to replicate the success of two years ago and claim only a second Davis Cup title. And, with Djokovic in their ranks, Serbia have a genuine chance to win the tournament in 2013; the team greatly missed the consistency and class that Djokovic brings to court when up against the Czechs earlier this year. Troicki most likely to be the man sacrificed for Djokovics return fell in straight sets to both Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol, while Tipsarevic narrowly scraped a single point for his country with a five-set victory over Radek Stepanek, the fifth finishing 9-7. Now with Djokovic in their ranks punters on Betfair can look forward to Serbia going all the way next year. The right-hander has won 21 of his 28 matches in the Davis Cup and, during the 2010 campaign, won every singles game he played meaning Serbia have a mental head start over opponents Belgium when the teams meet in Charleroi next spring. Visit the Betfair Online website for more information on betting on the upcoming Davis Cup.
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Djokovic Right to Stay off Tour until Melbourne

Novak Djokovics decision to withdraw from ATP competition before the 2013 Australian Open may disappoint fans of bet365 betting Australia, especially those who were hoping to catch a glimpse of their hero in action, but the move is the right thing to do when you look back at his 2012 season. Djokovic, along with fellow major competitors, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, will compete in an exhibition tournament the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi, rather than play on the ATP Tour 250 events in Brisbane and Sydney. The reason for his withdrawal is not simply down to the fee he undoubtedly will receive in Abu Dhabi, but also a considered move to stay away from fierce competition. Djokovic suffered from a tightly-packed schedule in 2012 that many who watch tennis online argued restricted the world number one to a sole Grand Slam over the season. Granted, he did not compete in ATP Tour events before the Australian Open last year either, but his recovery from the event lasted long into the summer, the Serb falling in the final at Roland Garros and the semis of Wimbledon. The strain of reaching finals stages of the Australian Open is heavy on the body and Djokovic is once again being careful not to put himself through too much in the early season. We all saw how battered and bruised his figure was during his US Open final defeat and it took the 25-year-old a whole month to recover from the strain. With this season geared up to be even harder than 2012 due to the return of Nadal, the omnipresence of Roger Federer, and the step up of Murray Djokovic needs to take it steady in the opening throes of the season if he wants to increase his majors tally over the next 12 months.
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29 November 2012

Ivan talks up Andy

Ivan Lendl is quietly confident about Andy Murray's chances of adding to his one Grand Slam title in 2013. The Scot ended his long wait for a major success at the US Open in September, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to become the first British male to win a Grand Slam in 76 years. The Flushing Meadows triumph came on the back of a successful campaign on grass, with Murray impressing at Wimbledon on his way to the championship final and Olympic gold. Murray also reached the Australian Open last four at the beginning of 2012, and is a two-time finalist at the event. He is one of the favourites to kick-off next year with a Grand Slam win, but his coach is keen to keep the British number one grounded. "The goal is to win in Melbourne. But tennis is difficult with Djokovic, (Roger) Federer, (Rafa) Nadal and Andy all very good at the moment. Yes, he has a chance but I can't make any predictions," Lendl was quoted as saying by several sport updates. Murray enjoyed an excellent first season under the tutelage of Lendl and will improve even more in 2013, according to the Czech-born coach. "I now have more of an understanding about what makes him tick and we can build successfully on that. There is a lot to look forward to next year," added Lendl. One area Murray could improve on is his clay-court game where he is always an outsider to the likes of Nadal in the odds betting. However, Lendl believes he has all the attributes to enjoy success on the surface. "No-one has won the French Open without having enjoyed a good clay-court season. But if he works on aspects of his game I want him to improve, then he can do it," he said.
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27 November 2012

Lendl eyeing Aussie glory for Murray

Ivan Lendl had won the US Open and French Open three times before he finally prevailed Down Under and got his hands on the Australian Open trophy. This time around he will be hoping Andy Murray follows a similar path to success on Aussie soil. The 52-year-old Czech-born coach got his Grand Slam breakthrough at Roland Garros in 1984 but had to wait until 1989 before winning in Melbourne. In the years building up to it he would win five more majors. Murray finally ended his wait to join the men's elite when winning at Queens in New York City. It was the culmination of a stand-out year which saw him reach the final, semi-final and quarter-final of Wimbledon, the Australian Open and French Open respectively, as well as winning Olympic gold and silver. The Scot must now kick on in 2013 if he is to prove his Flushing Meadows success was no fluke and Lendl suggested he was only at the "20 per cent" mark in their efforts to make him world number one. The British number one has some way to go to dethrone Novak Djokovic but can look back on three wins out of seven meetings between the two in 2012 - including the US Open. Lendl is well-placed to know that there are no guarantees in sport at the highest level and insisted it was not a formality that Murray could become the first male British singles Wimbledon winner since Fred Perry in 1936. Twice Murray has been denied in the final in Australia - in 2010 and 2011 - but he must surely feel this is his best chance to make it third time lucky. Dont forget to head over to Betfair for all the latest ATP tour betting as well as news, odds and expert opinion, including thoughts on the Betfair BNP Paribas
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26 November 2012

Tomic blames success for tennis plummet

Bernard Tomic has publically stated he aims to get his career back on track and be in the ATP top-10 very soon, following his AUS $1,000 fine and driving ban for offenses in his garish orange BMW last Australia Day. Tomic, who reached a career-high 27 in the rankings this season before falling to a current 51, pointed to early successful live scores results in 2012 as the reason he went off the rails, with the glory of the ATP tour going to his head. It was a huge year for me, my first ATP year," Tomic told Foxs latest sport news . I was young and immature and thats what you do at a young age. Ive had my fun the last year or two, but I have to step up. This could be a wake-up call. Now I have to use what Ive learned and train my arse off.' Despite this determination, Tomics words are unlikely to appeal to Australian fans who are growing increasingly disappointed with the player: many of whom will look back at his record this season and ask, what success? Indeed, being in the ATP tour is a big deal, but Tomic has hardly turned heads this year. Granted, he reached the semis of Brisbane and round four of Melbourne until he met the dominant Roger Fereder. Since then, however, his season has not gone well. Maybe Tomic thought he was better than he is after the Australian Open, but first round defeats in Memphis, Indian Wells and Madrid soon followed, while he reached just one quarter-final until September. So bad was his disastrous third set against Andy Roddick in New York that John McEnroe accused the Australian of tanking effectively giving up on the game. Although Tomic denies the claim, his petulance on court is clear to see and if he gets into more scrapes outside the sport then his future on tour will be put into serious doubt.
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21 November 2012

Federer still keen to keep going

Despite the disappointment of defeat in last weekends ATP World Tour finals Roger Federer remains as committed as ever to tennis and has already set his sights on 2013. The 31-year-old was bidding to make it three finals victories in a row but was eventually beaten 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 to world number one Novak Djokovic in a pulsating final at the 02 Arena in London. It means he had to be satisfied with just a Wimbledon title and an Olympic silver medal in 2012, not a bad year for most peoples standards, though Federer is different to most people. With 17 Grand Slam titles to his name you could forgive the Swiss for looking beyond his playing career, especially given the progress of Andy Murray, who finally broke his Grand Slam hoodoo in last Augusts US Open. But Federer isnt having any of it - if anything the presence of a younger generation is spurring him on. Beyond that calm exterior lies a burning passion to be the best and continue to be the best. Despite his advancing years he continues to get a kick out of the game and while that is happening, he sees no reason to call it a day. When asked what it was that kept him going, he said: I think it's the love for the game, the appreciation I get from the crowds, I guess playing for records from time to time, playing against different types of generations and playing styles. "I think you need inspiration, motivation from different angles to keep you going because it isn't that simple just to wake up every morning and go for another travel around the world, another practice, another fitness workout, another stretch." Dont forget to head over to Betfair for all your tennis Online Betting needs. It also has the latest news, expert opinion and advice, you can access it all by going to: http://betting.betfair.com/tennis/general/
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Ground-breaking season finally over for Murray

Andy Murray can finally put his feet up and toast a job well done after his season came to a close on Sunday following semi-final defeat to Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Murray, contesting in the end-of-season tournament, could not stop the resurgent and inspired Federer, losing the match 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 after a final gruelling week on the tour. The loss, which will no doubt frustrate a player who demands perfection from his own game, should not cast too much of a shadow on Murrays season as he reflects on a ground-breaking year. For the Scot can now boast of being up there with the big guns after claiming Olympic gold and the US Open crown this season. Punters who bet on tennis started the year hopeful that he would go better than being the nearly man and a semis defeat at the Australian Open was seen as relative failure. Indeed, Murrays frustration continued with a poor quarter-finals loss at the French, before an inspired performance at Wimbledon rocketed him back into tour contention. Although he lost the final to Federer on Centre Court, it was clear Murray had risen to new levels and he rightly took revenge at London 2012. Yet the rollercoaster nature of Murrays season continued and he dropped out of two US warm-up tournaments before taking his first Grand Slam title in New York something plenty of punters on Betfair.com had tipped him to do. Looking back, Murray will be happy with his season but there are still definite things to improve before Australia next year. He has not handled early-season dips well and it took until high summer before he found his form. The Grand Slams and Olympics took a lot out of him and just one further tour title in Brisbane means Murrays actual trophy haul was lower than in 2008. Next year he should be aiming for tour domination like Federer and Novak Djokovic: who have perfected the art of claiming Grand Slams with other tour titles to make a ground-breaking season the norm.
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13 November 2012

2012 Davis Cup preview

The 100th edition of the Davis Cup takes place later this November with two dominant nations preparing to do battle for the ATPs ultimate team prize. Defending champions Spain will meet Czech Republic at the O2 Arena, London, between 16-18 November and both sides will be optimistic of their chances of claiming the title. Spain, despite lacking their national legend Rafael Nadal, are still a force to be reckoned with and boast world number five David Ferrer in their ranks. Ferrer is revelling in Nadals absence right now and the 30-year-old heads into the final with a season-topping seven tour titles to his name. Alongside Nicolas Almagro and doubles team Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, Spain are slight favourites to defend the title they have won three times in the past four years. Dont expect the Czechs to roll over however, for the side enter the final no doubt buoyed by their womens national teams success in the Fed Cup. Petra Kvitova and co.s success could prove the inspiration for world number six Tomas Berdych, who boasts two indoor tour titles this season and beat Ferrer 3-6 7-5 6-1 when the pair last clashed in November 2011. Radek Stepanek is also expected in the Czech squad, meaning the final will be contested by some of the best singles players in the world. Londons O2 Arena, already wowed by the exploits of both Ferrer and Berdych at the ATP World Tour Finals this month, is about to witness another bout of world-class tennis. Spain are favourites to defend their title but the Czechs will be looking to avenge the 5-0 final defeat inflicted upon them back in 2009. The David Cup is about more than just tennis; there is pride on the line this November. For all the latest tennis betting as well as the latest news and expert opinion, head over to Betfairs tennis site over at: http://betting.betfair.com/tennis/general/
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Novak feeling pre-London heat

It was maybe the most surprising result of the year. Novak Djokovic, the man who recently secured the world number one crown, collapsed in spectacular fashion to Sam Querrey in the second round of the Paris Masters. Djokovic was in complete control of the match after winning the first set without dropping a game, but suddenly contracted his returns of serve and lost to second on a tie-breaker before crashing out of the tournament 0-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. The amazement in the Paris crowd was clear to see. No one was expecting such a capitulation and although credit must be given to Querrey for his strong service games, this result will go down as a thrown-away opportunity. Worse still, his loss comes at a bad time for the Australian and French Open champion, who will now head into the lucrative ATP World Tour Finals this week without form or match practice. Granted, his results and scores this year ensures he will end 2012 at world number one and he may use this exit as an opportunity to rest tired limbs before London, but this loss could haunt him once he takes to the O2 Arenas centre stage. During the second set I already felt that physically Im down, and I struggled every game, he told reporters. Its unfortunate, but on the brighter side, I have a little bit more time to rest because I had really difficult period in the last couple of weeks. Indeed, there is a real concern in online gambling markets that the Serb has exhausted his energy supplies for 2012. He has played very little tennis since an gruelling five-set defeat to Andy Murray in the US Open final this summer and, although he came back to beat Murray in Shanghai last month, the strains of the ATP tour appear to have got to him. It will be interesting to see which Djokovic turns up in London next week and whether or not he can justify his world number one status against the top eight players on the circuit.
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