Two articles from Tennis Week:
Nadal French Favorite, Federer Favored By Bettors To Sweep Slam
By Tennis Week
Rafael Nadal continues to rack up clay-court titles and historic numbers. Nadal's dramatic five-set victory over top-ranked Roger Federer in Sunday's Rome final in which the clay-court conquistador came back from a 1-4 deficit in the decisive set and fought off two match points to prevail in a five hour, five-minute marathon was his 53rd consecutive clay-court victory tying Guillermo Vilas for the longest men's clay-court winning streak in the Open Era.
Nadal has beaten Federer in five of their six meetings, including four straight wins, but despite his struggles against the Spanish sensation, Federer remains a favorite among bettors to sweep the Grand Slam.
The Swiss stylist, who has won six of the past nine Grand Slam titles, is bidding to join Hall of Famers Don Budge and Rod Laver as the only men in history to sweep a single season Grand Slam.
Though Nadal has Federer's number and remains the favorite to successfully defend his Roland Garros title, 75 percent of the bets placed on Internet gambling site PinnacleSports.com back Federer to capture all four major titles and complete the first men's tennis Grand Slam sweep since Laver accomplished the feat for the second time in 1969.
One of the Internet’s largest sports betting sites, PinnacleSports.com originally released odds on the number of Grand Slam tournaments won by Roger Federer in 2006 following his Australian Open win in January. Since then, bettors have flocked to the site to back Federer capturing all four major tennis championships, which currently stands at 11/2 odds.
"Despite immense Grand Slam backing, PinnacleSports.com lists the more likely scenarios of Federer winning three (3/2) or two (8/5) Grand Slam events as the favorites," a PinnacleSports spokesman said. "The unlikeliest scenario is that the world’s top ranked player will finish 2006 with only the Australian Open title under his belt, listed as a 7/1 long shot by Pinnacle Sportsbook."
Although Federer is a favorite in nearly every tournament he enters, PinnacleSports.com currently lists reigning French Open champion and clay court specialist Rafael Nadal, who has won a record-tying 53 matches on clay, as a 10/11 favorite at Roland Garros. Meanwhile, Federer is a solid contender at 2/1 to win his first French Open championship. PinnacleSports.com has also created a betting option on the world’s top player winning his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title this summer and currently lists Federer as an overwhelming 1/2 favorite to be victorious once again at the All England Tennis Club.
How Many Grand Slam Tournaments Will Roger Federer Win In 2006?
Grand Slam 11/2
Odds To Win 2006 French Open?
Rafael Nadal 10/11
Roger Federer 2/1
Will Roger Federer Win Wimbledon 2006?