The clay court season is almost over and the start of the European summer signals the start of the grass court season. It’s out with Roland Garros and the red clay and in with Wimbledon and the pristinely cut grass courts of the All England Club. The two surfaces are very different and often throw up vastly different winners, which means punters shouldn’t expect the likes of Rafa Nadal to keep on dominating.
The Spaniard is the without a doubt the King of Clay and the very best to have ever graced any clay court. Nadal hasn’t missed out during the current clay season and has picked up multiple wins already, including the Barcelona Open and Italian Open. With the changing of the surfaces comes a change in champion and the world will now be eagerly awaiting Roger Federer’s return.
Federer took the entire clay season off to save himself for the upcoming tests on grass and will have an extra spring in his step when he returns. It remains to be seen whether Nadal can wrestle away the initiative Federer has on grass but what is certain is a titanic battle awaits over the summer months. The clash of these titans is just one of the many games punters will have the pleasure of predicting over the summer with a whole host of tournaments about to get underway.
Calling the action between the worlds best and the rest is still fairly straightforward no matter what surface it is on. Until the round of 16 or even quarter-finals arrives, it is pretty easy to punt on the right winner with the gap in tennis between the top and bottom the widest of any sport. There isn’t much value in predicting Federer beating a player like Jared Donaldson, and that’s why having an understanding of the best tennis betting strategies can still provide a healthy profit in one-sided contests. There is far more than that what meets the eye once you’re up to date with all the unique offerings bookies provide.
It is a lot harder to call games between big players when the business end of the tournament comes around and given that most of the tournament is made up of getting there, it’s wise to adopt a sound tennis betting strategy. Of course, the beauty of tennis is that a punt won’t be scuppered by a draw like with football or cricket. That’s what makes it so popular, but delving a bit deeper into the markets reveals a world of opportunity.
Betting on points is a fast-paced way of calling the action and gives value to the underdog especially when serving as a player is most likely to win the game on a serve, but the same can apply to the heavy favourite. Predicting when the top-seeded player will break his opponent’s serve is certainly one way of upping the ante, as it’s only a matter of time in unevenly matched fixtures.
In other examples, punters know Rafa Nadal is going to take Robin Haase of the Netherlands to the cleaners on most occasions. Backing the Spaniard doesn’t provide the most appeal given the odds, but calling the number of sets he wins in gives far more value and makes for compelling viewing of an otherwise dull affair. These are just a few ways of finding the right punt on ties that are decided before they get going.
Tennis punters will be served up a feast of action over the summer, and it may not just be the likes of Nadal, Djokovic or Federer that win with the number of countless betting markets on offer.