The Men’s Tennis season officially finished last week with the ATP Finals at the O2 in London, and the blog ended the season with a bang – winning 6 of our 8 bets and posting an 18.5 points profit on the week.
However the tennis action continues in the shape of the Davis Cup final which sees favourite Switzerland take on France.
The Swiss have drifted markedly from 2/5 to 4/5 in the outright betting this week after world number two Roger Federer pulled out of last weekend’s ATP Final, but he has been able to practice this week and is set to take on Gael Monfils today, whilst his team-mate, and world number four, Stan Wawrinka is set to take Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
With Tsonga ranked 12 and Monfils 19, the superiority of the first choice Swiss pairing is easy to see and, if both Federer and Wawrinka, played to their full potential they should be able to see off the French duo. The 4/5 for a Swiss win looks way too big, and warrants a decent bet.
5 points Switzerland @ 4/5
Federer vs Monfils
Federer is 5/11 to beat Monfils on Friday and, having won all four of their matches against him on clay, he should be able to make it five out of five.
Wawrinka vs Tsonga
The betting for this one is much closer with Wawrinka a best priced 11/13 and Tsonga 11/10, which is hardly surprising as their clay court head-to-heads stand at 2-2. However, Wawrinka showed some excellent form in reaching the semi-finals at the ATP finals, forcing Federer to save five match points before finally succumbing to his more illustrious team-mate. Meanwhile, Tsonga has failed to win two matches on the trot since the US Open.
I fully expect the Swiss to take a 2-0 lead after day one, and the Federer/Wawrinka double looks great value.
3 points Federer/Wawrinka double @ 5/11 & 11/13
Both Wawrinka and Federer may win their remaining singles match but, if they’re paired in the doubles, they may be worth taking on as they’ve lost their last four matches together.