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With Rafael Nadal pulling out of the Spanish Olympic team, the path now looks clear for Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray to mop up the three tennis medals on offer at London 2012.

Swiss Ace, Federer, and Djokovic will be the top ranked pair and favourites for the gold and silver medals in the tennis odds, but once again there is sure to be an overwhelming amount of support for Murray, as he bids to reach a final on the hallowed centre court for the second time in the space of a month.

Murray, of course, lost out to Federer in the Wimbledon Final on 8th July, and that alone should be all the motivation the Scot needs to gain compensation.

Whatever Federer’s fate on the day, he and Switzerland teammate, Stanislas Wawrinka, are the men's defending doubles champions.

Likewise, Venus and Serena Williams won gold in the women's doubles in Beijing, and for Serena too it could be a quick return to the scene of her Wimbledon Singles Final victory over Agnieska Radwanska.

As for Nadal, not only does he miss playing on the biggest stage of all, but he also misses the opportunity to carry his country’s national flag at the opening ceremony.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, who captured the gold medal at Beijing 2008, said that he was not in good enough condition to defend his title, and it would be unfair on his Olympic teammates.

He has had recurring knee problems in the past, but it was thought that he had put that behind him, after clinching an 11th Grand Slam success in the French Open. However, the demons returned when he suffered a shock second round defeat at Wimbledon.

Elsewhere, fans of Team GB will be keeping an eye on the London 2012 Football Odds, in the hope that Stuart Pearce’s side will improve quickly, following last week’s defeat to Brazil.
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