2011 might be the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese Zodiac but in tennis betting action it’s been the year of the Serb.
With a handful of Serbians populating the quarter, semi and even finals matches at tournaments this year the tiny country has proven to be a hot bed of tennis talent.
And no talent has been bigger than world #2 Novak Djokovic who has yet to lose a match since late 2010 and remains undefeated in 2011.
He kicked off the year winning his 3rd career Grand Slam title by winning the Australian Open and hasn’t looked back. He’s a perfect 5-0 in the five tournaments he’s entered so far this year and he’s been the best the game has to offer. Against the #1 player in the world Djokovic is a perfect 2-0. Against the world’s #3 ranked player, Roger Federer, he’s 3-0. And against everyone else he’s been just as dominant. It doesn’t matter who he’s faced in the tennis odds matchups, he’s simply been better.
In his latest victory at the Sony Ericsson in Key Biscayne, FL the Serb outlasted the top ranked Nadal in a 3-set tie breaker. In the past Djokovic has been known more for folding under the pressure or even withdrawing from a tournament when the weather or the competition gets too tough –both elements were present at the recent Sony Ericsson finals.
But unfazed, Djokovic went about his business and notched another title for his fantastic 2011 tennis betting campaign. And that’s been the biggest difference this season for Djokovic who seems to have made a breakthrough from being just a top ten rated contender to becoming arguably the best player in the game.
Right now there is no one better on the planet and after having defeated Nadal in two straight tournament finals Nadal will be the top seed in every hard court tournament he enters in the foreseeable future.
However, with the clay season on the horizon Djokovic will soon get the biggest test of the season and Nadal is likely to show the tennis odds community why he’s ranked #1 in the world. Still. After having won 26 straight tennis betting matches in a row, it’s tough to bet against Djokovic, even if he is playing Nadal on the red dirt.