Roddick Hints at Wimbledon Swansong

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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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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Matosevic Sets Sights Even Higher

Australias new number one ranked tennis player, Marinko Matosevic, has capped off a remarkable season on the ATP tour by breaking into the world top 50, while securing his status as one of the more popular picks in the Australian sport betting. Matosevic, now ranked 47 in the world, reached the second round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel last week and jumped up four places because of it. This new end-of-season status, according to the Victorian, has been a long time coming. It means a lot to break into the top 50, especially because of where I started the year, he admitted to Tennis.com/au. I finished 2010 ranked No.130 so I was close before, and I expected to finish top 100 this year, otherwise I was going to look for a job, Being the No.1 Australian player is a nice achievement, but as long as Lleyton (Hewitt) is playing I still consider him to be No.1 and so does everybody else. Despite his concession that Hewitt still draws most attention in Australian tennis, Matosevic should nevertheless be optimistic going into the future. Breaking through to the top 50 is a tough task for any player but Matosevic at 27 is proving that late bloomers can thrive on this competitive ATP circuit. Although without an ATP title this season, Matosevic reached the final of Delray Beach back in February, won the ITF Athens Challenger and made the semis in Los Angeles. He is quietly gathering pace and this jump into the top-50 is bound to give him a lot of confidence. Up ahead for Matosevic is the end-of-season break before the Australian Open looms in January. His new status is bound to affect the betting line next year and, if Matosevic can capitalise on the added interest he will receive, a healthy run at the Australian Open may not sound too far-fetched.
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02 November 2012

Robson and Watson's High Expectations

2012 has been a significant year for British tennis in many ways. Andy Murray lifted the weight of history from his shoulders by claiming a Slam title at the US Open, as well as reaching the Wimbledon final and winning the Olympic title. However, the Scot has not been a lone beacon of British hope. His mixed doubles silver medal at London 2012 was significant due to the contribution of his partner, Laura Robson, who trumped that achievement by reaching the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. Indeed, Robson and Heather Watsons progress is every bit as exciting as Murrays breakthrough as a major-winner. It is only a matter of time before they enter the top 50 of the WTA rankings they currently sit 56th and 71st respectively but their career goals for next season should go beyond this. Entering the top 50 is a significant achievement. Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha just about managed it and in a Murray-obsessed British media did not receive suitable recognition for doing so but the senior pair were further into their careers and can be said to have achieved near the maximum of their potential. The younger pair can go much further in the game, with the general consensus among outlets providing tennis betting online being that they are top-20 players in waiting. Robson has been on the radar for longer, despite being nearly two years younger, but they are neck-and-neck in their development, aided no doubt by a friendly rivalry that pushes each other on. Watson ended long waits for a British female to reach the French Open second round and Wimbledon third round, but Robsons stunning form in New York last month grabbed more attention. She showed at the Olympics and in a meeting with Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon last year that the big occasion holds no fears and her excellent temperament was confirmed with notable wins over Kim Clijsters and Li Na at the US Open. Under severe pressure from experienced opponents and being on the big stage, Robson held her nerve superbly. Both players are known for their power hitting, which has only recently been supplemented by sufficient movement and athleticism to challenge the best players. They are rapidly gaining experience and a maiden tour title and entry to the top 30 of the rankings are realistic aims for 2013 Read more about Watsons impending ascent up the WTA rankings on the Betfair tennis website: http://betting.betfair.com/tennis/
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10 October 2012

Serena Progress Continues

Serena Williams will start the US Open as a hotter favourite in the US Open 2012 odds than she ever has been before. This is the ultimate tribute to her longevity and determination to stay at the top, as serious injury appeared to have brought her period of dominance to an end. Recent events at the All England club have showed this to be far from the truth. A fifth Wimbledon title was won without a hiccup, which just served to get her into the groove for the Olympics. She was at her imperious best this week, a 6-0 6-1 hammering of an in-form Maria Sharapova in the final being one of her best wins ever. The completion of the 'Golden Slam', achieved previously only by Steffi Graf, might be the icing on a glittering cake of a career. However, more glory is likely to come. The world number four has unfinished business at Flushing Meadows. She won her maiden Slam title at New York in 1999, but only two more have come since, during which time she has won five titles apiece at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Controversial defeats in 2010 and 2011, remembered for Williams' unsavoury clashes with officials, will also motivate the four-time Olympic gold medalist. Over the last 12 years, it has often been said on Betfair Tennis that if Serena is at her best, she is virtually unbeatable. That was certainly the case in the Olympic final, when Sharapova could not get near her rival's serve or get a foothold in rallies. Samantha Stosur disrupted Williams' rhythm in last year's US Open final, but if the three-time champion retains her recent form in the coming weeks, serene progress to a 15th major title will surely be made.
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Nadal Absence 'Sad'

The Olympic Mens tennis event looks set to be a highly competitive contest, but it has suffered a blow with the Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, being forced to pull out. It was sad news to hear the champion would not be at the games in London to defend his title, with his problems with a persistent knee injury ending his chances of playing. Nadal had been second favourite to win the gold in the tennis odds on Betfair, behind Novak Djokovic. The 26-year-old has been battling with tendinitis in his knee for some time; it hindered his chances at Wimbledon, as he crashed out in the early stages of the SW19 tournament. Listening to the comments made by Nadal, you can clearly see how much the Olympics means to him. He told the Spanish Federation website: "It is one of the saddest moments of my career. "I am not able to compete at the Olympics in London and therefore will not be traveling as planned with the Spanish delegation. "I have to think about my colleagues. I cannot be selfish and I have to think of the good of Spanish sport, especially Spanish tennis, and let a teammate who is better prepared to compete. "I've waited until the final moment of my preparation and my training, but I cannot do it." Nadal has been quick to put the disappointment of his Olympics absence behind him and will now be looking ahead to the Toronto Masters in Canada, next month. Getting some early practice on the hard court in North America will be of great benefit to the Spanish star and, as long has he can control his knee problems, he will be a serious contender in tournaments for the rest of the season. If one Olympic event is not enough to satiate your hunger for sport, visit the Team GB football page on Betfair: http://betting.betfair.com/betting/2012-olympics/football/
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Scheepers sets up Serena clash

Chanelle Scheepers will attempt to end in-form Serena Williams’ recent excellent run when the two women meet in the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. Williams, who is defending the title she secured 12 months ago, was not at her best in beating the promising American teenager Nicole Gibbs 6-2 6-1, less than a week after her success at Wimbledon. After clinching her 25th victory in 26 matches, 30-year-old Williams said: "I definitely felt a little sluggish, but it was fine, and it was good to get that win. I'm still waking up at like two in the morning. "It's really bright out there too - I was so used to all the gloom in London and all the clouds - but other than that the weather was just great here." Number six seed Scheepers saw off the Portuguese wildcard Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-3 6-4 to set up the last-eight clash with Williams. The 28-year-old South African, who is currently at 42 in the world rankings, was beaten in the first round at Wimbledon last month, while her best Grand Slam performance came at the 2010 French Open when she reached the fourth round. Elsewhere, the number five seed Yanina Wickmayer beat the British number two Heather Watson 5-7 6-1 6-4, while the number four seed and former world number one Jelena Jankovic suffered a shock 6-4 6-2 defeat to the little-known American Coco Vandeweghe. It was one of the best displays of the 20-year-old Vandeweghe’s career, although she has also beaten Vera Zvonareva and Aravane Rezai in the past. Betfair has all your tennis needs covered this sumer, with the latest news, tips, odds and advice all located at their updated Betfair Tennis website.
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Punters' Wimbledon guide - Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova will start Wimbledon in a decent situation for a first-time winner; seeded fourth, and with some patchy form behind her, expectations will not be massive for a player still inexperienced on grass. However, after reaching number two in the rankings and producing some of the most thrilling tennis on tour since lifting the title at SW19, she ought to be taken seriously. At Flushing Meadows, Kvitova became the first Slam champion to lose in the first round of the following Major without winning a set, but runs to the last four at Melbourne and Paris proved she is back in form. She lost to Maria Sharapova in both of those matches and lost in the last four to the Russian in Stuttgart. This means much of the psychological damage she inflicted on this year’s top seed by taking full charge of the 2011 final will have been eroded. The pair are scheduled to again meet in the final, and their suitability to grass makes this easy to envisage. Kvitova was unstoppable at times, last year, finding winners when needed off both sides and it was not lost on the great champion herself that she was the first female left-handed champion since Martina Navratilova. She lacks the consistency of her childhood hero, as her poor form in the three Premier Mandatory tournaments played so far suggests. Kvitova has produced her best at Wimbledon, not just last year, but in reaching the semi-finals unseeded in 2010. Kvitova will have to do it the hard way, if she is to retain her title, with a prospective tricky fourth round opponent in Dominika Cibulkova, and Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka also lying in wait in her half of the draw. The Czech player is currently a 15/2 pick for the title on the Betfair Wimbledon 2012 website. Tennis fans thinking of placing a bet on tennis enjoy the best odds when betting online.
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Roddick Hints at Wimbledon Swansong

Andy Roddick has admitted that his appearance at this year's Wimbledon could be his last at the All England Club. The American has odds of up to 100/1 in the tennis betting, for the win at SW19. The former world number one has struggled with a succession of injury problems recently, and is very aware that he is no longer able to compete against the worlds leading players. The 29-year-old American, who reached the Wimbledon final three times, and claimed his only Grand Slam title by winning the 2003 US Open, is starting to think his tennis career could be drawing to a close. He has slipped to 27th in the world rankings, and he was particularly disappointed to lose in the first round of the recent French Open to Nicolas Mahut. Roddick admitted: "I'm just trying to play in the moment, but do I think this could be my last Wimbledon? Possibly - but that's so much of an unknown. "Of the guys I started with, it's only Roger (Federer) left now. We were in the top 10 for so long, and everyone else's body has been banged up. I can't do what Rafa (Nadal) does with his racket, I can't do what Roger does with his racket. Roddick reached the final at SW19 in 2004, 2005, and 2009 - on each occasion being beaten by Roger Federer. The closest he came to winning the tournament was three years ago, when the Swiss star won a superb fifth set 16-14. Roddick was also beaten by Federer in the 2006 US Open final, while his sole Grand Slam success came at Flushing Meadows, nine years ago, when he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets. Visit the Betfair Wimbledon website for more information on the contest, as well as the best betting odds for Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Serena Williams, among others.
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