Tennis Betting

Lady Luck frowns on Novak Djokovic in the French Open

Novak Djokovic in the French OpenThe French Open holds a special place in the hearts of fans who bet on tennis. Time and the weather can play such a big part as to even change tennis betting odds. Number 1 in the world Novak Djokovic found that out on Monday when it literally rained on his parade. For the first eight days of Roland Garros, Djokovic looked like the luckiest guy in tennis. Andy Murray – on the other side of the draw – arrived in Paris off a clay-court win over the Serb in Rome that left some doubting as to whom exactly should be favored. As it turns out, though, Murray got off to two nerve-wracking, five-set matches he barely managed to scrape by won and expressed concerns about needing to save energy if he had any chance to win.

Novak Djokovic 'not obsessed with winning French Open'

Novak Djokovic favorite to win Roland GarrosThe Serb is usually the man to bet on tennis, with the only possible exception being the French Open. He insists that he is not obsessed with winning Roland Garros, and it’s just as well because he has lost all three finals he has played in Paris, including the last two years. Djokovic is going into his 12th attempt to win, and he would set a record for the most attempts taken to win the title if he finally pulls it off. It would surpass the likes of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, who both won the event at the 11th try. Goran Ivanisevic holds the Open era Grand Slam record of requiring 14 attempts before winning Wimbledon in 2001.

French Open Draw: Djokovic on Collision Course with Nadal

Novak Djokovic on a collision course with Rafel Nadal Thankfully for the Serbian, it will not happen until the semifinals of Roland Garros, thus improving his tennis betting odds to make it at least that far. It would be their 50th match against each other, and while Novak Djokovic leads the personal series 26-23, Rafael Nadal – who has won the most Coupes des Mousquetaires (9) and is referred to as the King of Clay – has been the bane of Novak’s never ending quest to win a French Open. The men’s draw on Friday made sure there would be no rematch of the 2014 or 2012, both of which the Serb lost to Nadal.

French Open Draw: Serena Williams’s Heavy Load Top Half

Williams is the Queen of the Mountain in a loaded top halfSerena Williams is more often than not the choice for people who bet on tennis – not like that shiftless Venus. However, the American will have to face a top-heavy draw on her potentially record-setting French Open campaign. Williams is the Queen of the Mountain in a loaded top half that also includes Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber, as well as Timea Bacsinszky, Ana Ivanovic, Carla Suarez Navarro, Dominika Cibulkova, Madison Keys, Andrea Petkovic, the unseeded Eugenie Bouchard and French hope Kristina Mladenovic. Tennis betting experts may think such grouping is the death knell for a Serena who hasn’t been the same since missing out on the Grand Slam with her semi-final defeat at the US Open, but she should be highly motivated nonetheless.

Federer skipping French Open is good news for Djokovic

Federer is out of French Open 2016Novak Djokovic’s tennis betting odds of finally winning a French Open may have improved thanks – indirectly – to Roger Federer’s withdrawal from Roland Garros. The Swiss would have been seeded third at the French Open; his pulling out of the tournament means that Rafael Nadal will be moved up to the 4th seeding. As a result, the chance of a quarterfinal rematch between Nadal and Djokovic becomes null and void – meaning that the Serb should in theory have no trouble making it past that stage. Nadal is known as the King of Clay and has won the French Open 9 times; or, if you prefer, nine more times than Djokovic.

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