The oldest tennis tournament in the world just about lost some grand slam firepower on Day 1. Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer provided some early drama when he was forced to fight back from two sets down to dispatch Colombian Alejandro Falla. Needless to say, online sportsbooks had Federer listed as a huge favorite in this match.
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And so it all begins at the All England Club, with the start of another edition of Wimbledon. While a Federer-Rafael Nadal final at the French Open never materialized – Federer was knocked out by Sweden’s Robin Soderling – Rafa did win the 2010 men’s singles title, defeating the aforementioned Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
But this isn’t Roland Garros, Wimbledon isn’t being played on clay and Nadal hasn’t been able to dominate in this Grand Slam. He did pick up a title in 2008, but didn’t have an opportunity to defend his title as he was forced to withdraw from last year’s tourney (due to tendonitis in both knees).
Nadal is still one of the favorites to win this year’s Wimbledon, currently listed at +200 at Sportsbook.com. He is also listed at +300 to be the runner up. Roger Federer has a history of successes at Wimbledon, doing on the grass courts of the All England Club what Nadal does on the clay courts of Roland Garros.
Federer has six Wimbledon men’s singles titles to his name, the most recent coming last year when he defeated Andy Roddick. Although currently ranked No. 2 by the ATP, sportsbooks have Federer as the odds-on favorite to win this year’s Wimbledon at +105 (he’s +150 to be the runner up). - Andy Roddick’s last grand slam win came back in 2003 when he took the U.S. Open; could it be time he won another? Roddick was runner up at last year’s Wimbledon and he has been fairly successful in 2010 so far.
The tennis A-Rod started the season off with a title from the Brisbane International, won a title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Sony Ericsson Open and was runner up at the ATP SAP Open and the ATP BNP Paribas Open. He’s listed at +800 to do what he could not last year. - Andy Murray should have the support of the home crowd as he considers himself both Scottish and British.
Murray has reached two grand slam finals in his career, the 2008 U.S. Open and this year’s Aussie Open, and both times has fallen to Roger Federer. At least year’s Wimbledon tournament, Murray lost to Andy Roddick in the semifinals and would very much like to make it a little farther this year. Murray is also a betting favorite, at +400 to take the 2010 men single’s title.
Good luck and enjoy the Wimbledon betting action.