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Federer fancied but Djokovic should steam role his way into the final

| 03.06.2011

With Rafael Nadal so highly fancied to waltz past Andy Murray in the opening semi-final at Roland Garros today, punters are looking to Federer to cause the upset in the French Open betting.

Federer is the only man yet to drop a set at Roland Garros this year and the former world number one has been strongly supported since beating Gael Monfils in the quarter-final and is backable at 9/4 to beat Djokovic.

A winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, Federer finally achieved his first French Open title in 2009 and the Swiss star has been in top form this week although he faces a man who is yet to lose in 42 matches.

Should Djokovic beat Federer today, he is 1/3 to do so, the Serb will wrestle the world number one spot from Rafael Nadal’s grasp and while Federer is looking stong, Djokovic’s form should not be ignored.

Three times the two have met this year and Djokovic has dropped just one set, including a straight sets victory in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in Australia.

Djokovic has won the last two Grand Slam matches between the two – the straight sets win in Australia and a five-set win in last year’s US Open – and while he trails Federer 2-1 on clay, the last time the two met on clay was back in 2009.

With the world number one spot in reach, Djokovic will need no extra motivation to beat Federer today and the Serb is 13/8 to beat Federer 3-0 and 8/13 to win the first set and the match.

It’s not going to be easy for Djokovic and punters can get 10/11 that there is a tie break in the match, but while the sets will be tight, Djokovic can edge all three and secure the world number one tag.



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.