top ten tennis bets for 2014: Andy Murray can cling on to his Wimbledon crown but Novak Djokovic will emerge as No.1
By The Tipster Wednesday 13 Nov 2013 1:31 pm
Novak Djokovic lifts the trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal (Picture: Reuters)
Tennis fans are already suffering withdrawal symptoms after Novak Djokovic’s successful defence of his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title brought the curtain down on a brilliant week at the 02 Arena in London. Here are out top ten bets for the 2014 season.
10. Who will win the Australian Open?
The end of the official ATP season may have come at just the wrong time for Novak Djokovic as he is enjoying a run of 22 matches since his last defeat. Fortunately for the Serbian, he has won the last three Aussie Opens and is a worthy 7/4 favourite with Betfred to add a fourth straight.
9. Can anyone stop Rafael Nadal winning at Roland Garros?
The Spaniard has won a record eight French Open championships and is the undisputed king of clay. He should add another title to his impressive CV in Paris in May at 8/11 with Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral.
8. Will Andy Murray retain his Wimbledon title?
There is no reason why the world No.4 cannot keep the SW19 set happy with another victory at the All England Club. Djokovic, Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro will be big threats but the Scot is 7/2 with Bwin to win the third Slam of his career.
Andy Murray can defend his Wimbledon title (Picture: Reuters)
7. Who will be flushed with success at the US Open?
Novak Djokovic reached the final at Flushing Meadows this year and can go one better in Queens next September. He is 2/1 with Coral and Bet Victor to add another New York title to his 2011 success.
6. Who will win the most Grand Slams in 2014?
Few are better than Djokovic at analysing weaknesses in their game and fixing the problem as quickly as possible. He only goes from strength to strength and 2014 could be a massive year. Back him in this category at 6/4 with Bet Victor.
5. Is Roger Federer a spent force?
It’s tough to criticise the 17-time Grand Slam winner who has given us so much pleasure and he is adamant he will enjoy a big 2014 after recovering from the back pains which blighted him this year. But although he may win events outside of the Grand Slams, he won’t be winning any of the five-set tournaments as age catches up on a player who will be 33 next year. Federer is 1/10 to win none of the Big Four competitions with Paddy Power and significantly under-priced at 5/1 to celebrate one success.
4. Who will win the women’s title at the Australian Open?
Serena Williams can start the year in style by being marvelous in Melbourne at 5/4 with William Hill, Paddy Power, Betfred and Boylesports.
3. The Wimbledon’s women’s singles champion will be?
It’s a tough one to call as the top seeds are unlikely to crash out as early as they did this year but beaten finalist Sabine Lisicki clearly excels on grass and is massive each-way value at 20/1 with Sportingbet.
2. Who will win the women’s title at the US Open.
Serena Williams is always a danger on her home territory but New York fans may be cheering another home talent to victory in the shape of rapidly improving Sloane Stephens at 18/1 with Sky Bet.
1. Who will finish the 2014 as the world No.1?
It will be a straight dogfight between current incumbent Rafa Nadal and world No.2 Novak Djokovic with the Serbian expected to gain the upper hand early in the year and retain control until the season finishes at 4/6 with Sky Bet.