The stage is set for an epic confrontation between two of the best tennis players in the world, and once again Andy Murray will play in front of his fans. As predicted, he qualified for the finals at the expense of Djokovic but will have to defeat his nemesis to capture Olympic gold. The odds are stacked against him and except for hardcore British fans, the punters are backing Federer massively.
A hard fought victory for the Swiss
There is no doubt that Roger will have to play his best tennis again to outshine the crowds’ favorite, but few predicted such a marathon against Juan Martin Del Potro. The Swiss star prevailed at the end of three long sets and the Argentinean will compete against Djokovic in for bronze, in a match that he begins once again as an underdog. Murray progressed in straight sets against Novak and at least in theory should be fresher before the Sunday final begins.
From a punter’s point of view, both finals have the potential of generating money and a betting slip featuring Federer and Djokovic looks like a banker. Roger is credited by bet365 with odds of 1.57 and many suspect that these have been inflated due to the hype surrounding the Olympic event. Andy has the crowds behind him, but Federer is arguably the better player and the track record speaks for itself. The Serbian player should also have an easy task against del Potro who is not only tired but also disappointed.
The final countdown for tennis players
Top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan are on their way to eliminate the second French pair in the final, after beating Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet in straight sets. Tsonga and Llodra are a somewhat unusual pair and their chances of stripping the American of Olympic gold are remote. It’s pretty much the same story in the Women’s final where Serena Williams is the favorite against Maria Sharapova. The one who prevails will become the first tennis player after Stefi Graf to win all Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic event.
The odds reflect the difference between the two athletes and while backing Serena at 1.16 is not worth the risk, few would gamble and accept the -5,5 games handicap offered by bet 365. The American feels at home on Wimbledon’s grass and the manner in which she disposed of Azarenka in the semifinals proves beyond doubt that she is in excellent shape. Money can be made in these late stages of the tournament, but the clash between Federer and Murray promises to be not only the most exciting, but also the most profitable.