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Rankings may suggest otherwise, but Federer ends year as No.1

| 29.11.2010

Those who wrote off Roger Federer after his quarter-final Wimbledon exit will be eating their words after the Swiss star won the ATP season finale in London on Sunday.

Federer has now been eased into 6/4 to win one grand slam tournament next year and you can get 18/1 that Federer wins three grand slam tournaments in 2011 – the French Open is Rafael Nadal’s to lose.

After losing to Andy Murray in Shanghai in October, Federer promptly stated that he was targeting a strong end to the season and nothing but wins would suffice.

In the four tournaments that Federer has played since Shanghai, he has won three and made a semi-final appearance in the other, proving that the Swiss has found the form that instils fear in opponents.

With just a four-week break until the 2011 ATP season kicks off in Doha, Federer is regaining the unbeatable aura and bar one service game in the ATP World Tour Finals final with Nadal, Federer was completely dominant.

The reigning champion, Federer is 5/2 to win the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year which starts on January 18th

Federer is a little longer at 3/1 to win Wimbledon as Nadal is the 1/1 favourite to win his third Wimbledon title, but a win in the Australian Open would see Federer trimmed to win Wimbledon.

Despite losing to Federer in London, Nadal is regarded as the better player between the two over the five set format of the game and he rightly deserves favouritism for the grand slam tournaments.

Nadal is 10/1 to win all four grand slam tournaments in 2011 but is favourite to pick up exactly two grand slam wins at 15/8.

The tennis specials betting market suggest Murray is in for another disappointing season and the Scot is 1/2 to win no grand slams next year.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.