With the New Year just two weeks old there hasn’t been a lot of tournament action yet in 2011 but we’ve seen so far has been impressive. Right now, with all the players coming back from their holiday breaks there’s really only one thing on the horizon for most of the ranked players and that’s the upcoming Australian Open which is just around the corner.
One of tennis betting’s four Grand Slam events the Aussie Open is one of the top events in the world and always attracts the best players on the planet.
Speaking of said players, the #1 player in the men’s tennis odds action, Spaniard Rapha Nadal is off to a rough start in the new calendar year after being knocked out of the semi-finals of the Qatar Open.
World #22 and defending tournament champion Nikolay Davyndenko knocked out Nadal in the semis before losing to world #2 and eventual winner, Roger Federer. Federer, the once invincible world #1 has taken a backseat to Nadal in the tennis odds action the past few years but this could be the year he climbs back on top of the world rankings.
He’s not getting any younger and every year it seems the media is all too eager to write of his impending demise, but he’s still at least the second best player on the planet and a win in Melbourne would go a long way to re-establishing himself as the #1 ranked player in the tennis betting action.
This is the last warm-up tournament that these players will play before the Aussie Open begins on January 17th and for Nadal the results are not exactly what he had in mind. However, against Davydenko Nadal was clearly under the weather, suffering from the flu, and that match shouldn’t be used an indicator of his performance heading into the Aussie Open.
Nadal is the defending champ and he’ll be the favorite until someone proves otherwise.