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Federer defeat sees Rafael Nadal odds lengthen in ATP World Tour

| 23.11.2011

On the heels of his crushing defeat at the hands of Roger Federer, the odds on Rafael Nadal achieving success in the ATP World Tour finals have enhanced considerably.

Though appearing out of form when renewing his tremendous rivalry against his Swiss counterpart, Nadal can never be taken lightly on hard courts, and could prove to be a value punt at a big 16/1 to go one better than his 2010 final appearance and claim his first ATP World Tour title.

Nadal needs to win to progress, meaning that the 6/5 available for a Nadal victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks a terrific price, and one that you certainly would not usually see attributed to a player of the Spaniard’s immense quality.

The lengthy 13/5 on Nadal to win in straight sets is also a rarity, but comes resultant not only of the clay specialist’s iffy form in the tournament thus far, but also of the stellar displays that have come courtesy of 4/6 Frenchman Tsonga.

Indeed, it took a tie-break for Nadal to conquer American Mardy Fish prior to his demolition at the hands of Federer, whilst Tsonga cruised past the same opponent in straight sets, comfortably ending the second set with a 6-1 scoreline.

Tsonga is 7/4 to victor in straight sets over Nadal.

The match is a must-win for both competitors in order to advance, and whilst Tsonga is a shorter price to win the tournament in only his second appearance, his unpredictability as a player can be both his biggest advantage and also his most significant hindrance.

Nadal on the other hand, is a far more experienced and seasoned competitor, and although he is yet to achieve success of the highest order at this tournament, his pedigree in world tennis cannot be questioned.

For this reason, the lengthy odds about Nadal’s upcoming match and in outright tournament winner markets should be seriously considered.



John Klee